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NUCLEAR ENERGY: Reid, Obama present roadblock

Letter by Donald H. Sanislo, Auburn on March 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm | 58 Comments »
March 25, 2011 1:44 pm

This nation could use nuclear energy to great benefit for all. But because of the lack of long-term storage for high-level nuclear waste due to political gaming between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama, in all good conscience we dare not proceed with new plant construction.

We have but to look to Japan’s continuing tragic experience to understand the folly of above-ground storage of high-level nuclear waste. In Nevada, a long-term underground storage facility is virtually complete, to the tune of about $10 billion. But because of what appears to be an example of political quid pro quo, Reid and Obama have proclaimed, despite all the best science, that the site is not safe for the purpose it was painstakingly chosen and designed for.

Unless efforts to overturn this miscarriage are successful, it appears that Obama’s need for Reid’s support for Obamacare will cost this nation dearly. We simply cannot risk the continued production and storage of these unbelievably toxic materials above ground.

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