Veteran nuclear energy activists have formed a new public interest watchdog group to monitor Savannah River Site activities.
Tom Clements, formerly of environmental groups Friends of the Earth and the South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club, is the director of the new group called SRS Watch. Frances Close, who established the SRS watchdog Energy Research Foundation in 1980, is the group’s president.
SRS Watch will monitor U.S. Energy Department decisions on cleanup of high-level nuclear waste, receipt of nuclear materials from overseas, operation of the H-Canyon reprocessing plant and the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility, according to a news release.
“As it is the Department of Energy’s nature to operate outside public scrutiny, our job will be to highlight SRS programs that warrant public attention and involvement,” said Clements, who has monitored SRS for nearly 40 years. “A major first initiative will be to highlight the problem-plagued MOX program at SRS, while advocating for plutonium disposition methods that reduce environmental risks to South Carolina and reduce costs to taxpayers.”
Construction of new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle and South Carolina’s V.C. Summer plant will also be monitored by SRS Watch.
The group’s web site is www.srswatch.org.