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Letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

September 5, 2013

Nuclear Regulatory Commission
11545 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Dear Commissioners:

The Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Natural Resources Defense Council, Beyond Nuclear, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Sierra Club, Nuclear Free Campaign have joined in writing this letter to tell you that the Licensing Support Network (LSN) database is essential to us and our members if there is to be any licensing activity on the application for construction of a Yucca Mountain repository.

Our organizations were, and continue to be very interested in nuclear waste management and disposal and we follow all matters regarding Yucca Mountain closely. In both the pre-licensing and formal licensing activities, we relied on the LSN to be able to participate in the process wherever we could and to inform and answer questions from our members.

At the time that Yucca Mountain licensing was suspended, the NRC ordered all parties to maintain all of their documents -- existing, discovered or created -- on discs so that if or when the licensing process resumed, a searchable document database, fully accessible to the general public could be reestablished.  As you prepare a plan for resuming the Yucca Mountain licensing proceedings, re-creation of a stand-alone, Internet accessible document library is essential to our community of interests and we ask that it be a high priority in the Commission’s actions.

Sincerely,

Judy Treichel, Executive Director
Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force
Las Vegas, NV

Geoffrey H. Fettus, Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council
Washington, DC

Michael Mariotte, Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Takoma Park, MD

Kevin Kamps
Radioactive Waste Watchdog
Beyond Nuclear
Takoma Park, MD

Catherine Thomasson, MD
Executive Director
Physicians for Scocial Responsibility
Washington, DC

Susan Corbett, Chair
Sierra Club, Nuclear Free Campaign
San Francisco, CA

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