“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, for its acronym in English) received and is considering issuing an export license (XW026) requested by EnergySolutions Services Inc. (ESSI),” says the document, a copy of which is in the possession of El Sol de Mexico.
“On July 27, 2020, ESSI filed an application with the NRC to obtain a license to export low-level radioactive waste to Mexico. The NRC is providing notice of the opportunity to comment, request a hearing, and request to intervene in the ESSI request. “
EnergySolutions was called the home stadium of the NBA team, the Jazz, in Salt Lake City from 2006 to 2015. It is actually a company that tries to keep a low profile because of its core activities, which has its headquarters in Utah and operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan.
“It is an industry leader in the safe recycling, processing, and disposal of nuclear material. We offer a full range of Decontamination services to shut down nuclear power plants. Our clients include the United States government, all nuclear power plants in the United States, along with various medical and research facilities, ”says its official presentation, on its corporate webpage.
“EnergySolutions offers a full range of services for the decommissioning and rehabilitation of nuclear sites and facilities, the management of spent nuclear fuel, the transport of nuclear material and the environmental cleanup of legacy nuclear sites.”
According to statements presented to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives, by experts in the field, more than three million packages containing radioactive materials are transported by that northern nation each year.
The items shipped are regulated and supervised by the Department of Transportation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of that country.
In this case, EnergySolutions is requesting a license from the US nuclear regulator to send radioactively contaminated material or waste to Mexico “in the form of metals, dry active waste or materials, such as wood, paper and plastic, and spent ion exchange resins and liquids, in the form of water-based and organic fluids ”, according to the application.
In its corporate presentation, the American company details that it has facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Campbell and in San Clemente, in California. Also in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. But it does not speak of places to dispose of or treat radioactive waste in Mexican territory.
Gary Langlie, Export Licensing Officer at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, estimates that this permit will likely be authorized by the middle of next year.