The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVSC) has no position pro or con regarding nuclear power, but the League of Women Voters of South Carolina has been concerned about closure of the Savannah River Site tanks for 40 years. LWVSC opposes putting more wastes in those tanks. We do not want to see SRS become a repository for spent nuclear waste from Germany, Canada and other nuclear reactor sites. We believe that these countries have the responsibility to care for their own wastes once they produce electricity. Please see this map showing some of the international locations proposed to be sent to SC
, and this map of a possible route for transporting spent fuel from Canada to SC
News coverage on nuclear waste in South Carolina--Porter Barron, Jr., in the Free Times, February 5-11, 2014
New Publication Released: Nuclear Waste in South Carolina: An Issue Brief for Citizens
In 1997 Dr. Mary T. Kelly, a chemist and Natural Resources Director for the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, authored a ground-breaking document "The Aging of the Nuclear State: A Survey of South Carolina's Nuclear Utilities", that described the nuclear industry in South Carolina. Dr. Kelly wanted to uncover the facts and particularly to focus public attention on the leaking tanks of neglected high-level waste at what is now called the Savannah River Site (SRS). The purpose of this updated Issue Brief is to carry forward Mary's legacy to inform the public about current nuclear affairs in South Carolina and increase understanding of this critical public health, environmental and economic issue for our state.