Debunking GNEP, Defending South Carolina, Georgia and the planet!

December 6, 2008 at 12:34 am 2 comments

The Department of Energy has been hosting Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement scoping meetings all across the country to solicit public input on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership program being pursued by the federal government and last night they were in Graniteville, SC.

GNEP is a program designed to encourage the expansion of nuclear energy, decrease the likelihood of nuclear proliferation and address the massive problem of nuclear waste by “closing” the nuclear fuel cycle and reprocessing nuclear waste.  Unfortunately, it only really succeeds in expanding nuclear energy.  Meanwhile, nuclear reprocessing:

  • creates more dangerous nuclear waste streams (meaning it doesn’t “close” the nuclear fuel cycle at ALL)
  • creates orphaned, weapons-grade plutonium in quantities vulnerable to theft and proliferation (we can thank nuclear reprocessing for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program)
  • will cost taxpayers a massive 700 billion dollars
  • emits 150,000 times more radiation than traditional nuclear reactors
  • has been linked to heightened levels of childhood leukemia around existing facilities
  • would essentially condemn any site chosen for a reprocessing facility to being a national nuclear wasteland, since spent fuel can be shipped to location now, before the technology is created that can reprocess that waste

For all these reasons, concerned citizens and young people from South Carolina and Georgia stood up and spoke out against the broader program and the siting of a nuclear reprocessing facility at the Savannah River Site on the border between the two states.  Opponents stuck to the facts and argued that GNEP was a bad decision, challenging the DOE to pursue an energy legacy that ends the nuclear fuel cycle instead of “closing” it.  We cannot afford to let our country tout this dirty, false solution to climate change any more.  All across the country citizens have had enough and let the DOE know about it!

For more information, check out:

and to submit comment to the DOE, visit: GNEP PEIS and click on the bubble next to “add comments”


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Daniel Wood  |  December 10, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is gearing up for the upcoming Making Energy Work: Building a Sustainable Energy Economy in the Southeast to take place on February 3, 2009 at the Raleigh Convention Center. This will be a very informative event as well as a wonderful networking opportunity. There are limited spaces, so sign up now! Early registration closes December 31, 3008; take advantage of the reduced ticket price.

    For more information please go to!

  • 2. R Margolis  |  December 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Not all reprocessing technologies are the same.

    In the podcast, Clinton Bastin goes over the different technologies and describes which worked and which didn’t. Yes dry casking of spent fuel is a safe interim measure, but if the all-renewable smartgrid does not work (and the energy storage technologies are still in question), nuclear remains a better fall back plan than coal or natural gas.


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