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The current Secretary of the Department of Energy and Head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were members of the 15 member Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.

I have attached below an Executive Summary of an unsolicited proposal I plan to send to these two. I will also include a brochure I hand carried to the August 2010 meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission in Wiscasset for later delivery to each member of the commission.

This brochure is an earlier version of the Spent Nuclear Fuel page on the DEI web site.

I am also going to send this information to the two U.S. Senators from Maine and the local U.S. Representative.

Perhaps, with new people in places of power, money will be distributed from the Nuclear Waste Fund to begin this process, which will then be funded through a five percent surcharge to the Department of Energy from the low level radioactive waste disposal operation.

Of course, DEI would receive a like surcharge to fund our operations.

This might not work but it's worth a shot - stranger things have happened.



Leon Neihouse


Dirigo Energy Institute, Inc.

Executive Summary

DOE Unsolicited Proposal

Submitted by the Dirigo Energy Institute

Draft of 03-21-13

This Unsolicited Proposal outlines a global solution to a global nuclear waste problem.

In the mid eighties scientists and engineers modeled a method in which a torpedo shaped canister holding nuclear wastes would fall by gravity through four miles of sea water depth into a marine desert at 32N164W that has a 300 foot clay seabed of peanut butter like consistency with quicksand like features. The falling effect will bury the canister 100 feet into the seabed.

Separating each canister by 100 yards allows this 39,000 square mile area to hold over 12 million canisters, which is enough to hold all the world's spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive wastes for an extended period.

In that the location is in the central area of a tectonic plate that will remain stable for millions of years, these nuclear wastes will never present a future hazard to the health and safety of the general public.

An initial 20 year test of concept will verify this permanent disposal method.

This option is discussed in more detail in the 32N164W Chapter of the book Power to Save the World by Gwyneth Cravens.

This approach could serve as a U.S. safety net in the event the ubiquitous NIMBY response to nuclear waste storage prevents geologic disposal in any State of the Union.

Nuclear wastes can continue to be stored at operating plants until the test of concept is complete but, if necessary to do so, U. S. wastes can be stored temporarily on remote islands such as Eastern Island at Midway Atoll.

Transfer to the selected island can occur via water or air.

If by water, each canister of spent nuclear fuel can be outfitted with a floating bonnet on top and loaded onto a decommissioned submarine hull which is then sent to the island via a heavy lift ship. If the ship sinks, the submarine hull will float; if the submarine hull should sink, each canister will stay on the surface floating freely; and if a canister should sink it can be recovered at a later time from the floor of the sea. The sunken nuclear powered submarines Thresher and Scorpion give no indication of radioactive leaking to the water which would indicate that over 40 years will be available to complete a canister recovery operation.

If by air, a heavy lift plane can be outfitted with composite strong and lightweight collision absorption barriers such that crash landing will protect the canister. If crashing at seas, the floating bonnet can keep the canister on the surface or it can be recovered from the sea bottom as above.

If reprocessing is desired, a retired aircraft carrier can be outfitted with a reprocessing plant and moved to the island.

Midway would be a good location island to adapt for this purpose because three major problems can be solved by encircling it with a Great Necklaceā„¢. Each bead could be outfitted with solar cells to provide regenerative power to Midway, appropriate materials could be added such that seabirds can roost there, and the entire necklace would prevent debris from the great garbage patch from reaching Midway.

For funding, the necklace beads would be designed for 100 year storage of low level radioactive wastes from any country wishing to take advantage of this service.

A five percent surcharge paid to the Department of Energy would finance not only the development of marine and air transfer methods but also the 20 year test of the marine desert at 32N164W for the subsea bed disposal of high level radioactive wastes.

If testing uncovers show stoppers, the canisters would remain in place at their island storage until an alternate disposal method had been proven.

A new business is suggested to provide the services required along with a Joint Venture of companies with the experience and qualifications necessary to complete all required actions.

NOTICE: This message is a private communication. If, however, you know of others who might be interested, please feel free to forward it to them.


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