TRANSPORTATION OF HIGH LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE

WHEREAS, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have issued a report commissioned by the DOE concluding that the DOE lacks sufficient information to predict the suitability and hydrogeologic performance of the proposed Yucca Mountain repository; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Energy (DOE) has no feasible plan for transportation of these materials; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Transportation has stated it is not fully prepared for the forecasted increase in shipments of High Level Waste (HLW); and

WHEREAS, the casks used to ship(HLW)have never undergone full-scale physical testing to determine if they can withstand likely transportation accident and terrorism scenarios; and

WHEREAS, there is national acknowledgment of risks to our security and the safety of our communities presented by the transportation of HLW; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors urges the United States Congress to pass legislation that prohibits the movement of any HLW unless beginning three (3) years prior to any such movement, all cities along the proposed transportation route have received adequate funds, training and equipment to protect the public health and safety in the event of an accident;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to ensure that the actual transport of HLW be safely accomplished that prior to the movement of HLW, state of the art technology, engineering and procedures related to the transport of this material be reviewed in the context of past transport incidences and or future or predictable incidences related to transport accidents. That the lessons learned from this review be applied to HLW transport.