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Points to include if you compose your own letter

- West Valley is not a suitable place for permanent disposal of the highly radioactive waste it contains. The waste will eventually erode into Lake Erie and beyond.

- The 1996 study by the DOE showed that nearby streams will begin eroding the burial grounds within 500 years.

- It should be dug up and held in monitored, retrievable storage until it can be removed. The DOE's plan is "out of sight, out of mind."

- The DOE plans to bury the waste in concrete and leave it for future generations to deal with. This alternative would cost less now, but in the long run, dealing with waste buried in concrete will cost far more.

- The DOE wants to get around the law by reclassifying the High-Level Waste to "incidental." Changing the wording does not change the health hazard.

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