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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