Letters to the Editor

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Tag: nuclear waste

June
6th

NUKE WASTE: Outcry over Yucca Mountain reflects hypocrisy

Re: “Hastings slams DOE over Yucca Mountain closure” (newstribune.com, 6-2).

All the hand-wringing and crocodile tears being shed over the decision to terminate the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and others at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing June 1 just serve to highlight the hypocrisy that has characterized Congress’ involvement in the nuclear waste management issue over the years.

Where was the outcry when Washington’s own Tom Foley (then House majority leader) joined forces with the likes of Jim Wright (speaker of the House from Texas), Louisiana Sen. J. Bennet Johnston (Energy

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March
18th

NUCLEAR WASTE:No safe way of disposal

More often than not, I disagree with the premise of Eugene Robinson’s columns. But his column about the dangers and problems of nuclear waste disposal (TNT, 3-18) is 100 percent correct.

Some nuclear waste takes 200,000 years to decay. Other waste takes only 25,000 years. Even decommissioned nuclear plants are still extremely radioactive and cannot be removed for many, many years. Yet we continually hear how safe they are and how few people have been killed in nuclear power plants.

What experts do not tell you is that too much radiation exposure kills people slowly making it difficult to estimate

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