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Tag: nuclear waste

Aug.
16th

Future of nation’s nuclear waste buried in deficit

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Any hope of the federal government living up to its obligation to provide a permanent storage site for the nation’s nuclear waste is fast disappearing.

The Obama administration has delivered on the president’s campaign promise to halt construction of the most plausible option, a repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

While the feds mull their options, spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste is piling up in 39 states, Washington included.

Last month, a presidential panel suggested farming out the waste to communities hungry for jobs. Never mind the $10.5 billion the nation has already invested in Yucca Mountain – the panel was under orders to not consider the site.
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June
5th

Harry Reid, Hanford and the triumph of science

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

An expert scientific commission to visit Hanford next month has a fascinating scientific mandate from President Obama: Look everywhere in America for the best place to bury radioactive reactor wastes.

Everywhere, that is, except Nevada. Nevada, the state where the federal government has spent $10.5 billion developing Yucca Mountain as a permanent nuclear waste repository. The dry-as-talcum-powder state identified 20-plus years ago as the best place in America to bury radioactive waste.

We know this is a highly scientific mission because Obama has assured the nation that – unlike George W. Bush

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