[ RadSafe ] Obama Explains Yucca Mountain Stance

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Wed Dec 10 19:12:13 CST 2008

I think this needs to be handled nationally, not on a state-by-state
basis.  It also needs to be handled on a "real science" basis, not on
the half-truths to out-right lies that the anti-nuke crowd uses (nor
should stupid things like "electricity will be so cheap it won't be
worth metering" from the pro side be allowed to stand).  

The first thing that needs to be established is that spent fuel is
impossible to deal with.  Yes, it needs to be cooled for the first 5-10
years, and it will be radioactive enough to require attention to detail
for maybe 100 years or so.  But folks; it really is pretty robust stuff.
It does not dissolve in water.  It gets less radioactive over time, to
the point after a couple hundred years where it is a greater tripping
hazard than radiological hazard.  The idea that it needs to be
safeguarded for longer than recorded history is silly, and should not be
allowed to stand.   

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Steven Dapra
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:37 PM
To: radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: RE: [ RadSafe ] Obama Explains Yucca Mountain Stance

At 11:23 AM 12/10/08 -0800, Brennan, Mike  (DOH) wrote:


>I look forward to the HUGE consternation in Nevada when the Feds say, 
>"Fine, you win" and cancel all programs, studies, grants, etc., 
>connected with Yucca Mountain, other than what is needed to weld the 
>doors shut and bulldoze dirt in front of it.


         And the consternation (and whatever may come along with it)
will serve Nevada right.

         Any state that has a nuclear power plant within its boundaries
should store its own spent fuel, not shove it off onto another state.
Congress should cancel Carter's brainless 'no-reprocessing' order and
re-processing should proceed apace based on contracts between reactor
owners and operators and the re-processing company (or companies).
States with reactors should devise a method of refusing to sell power to
non-nuclear states.  Let the no-nuke states burn coal or cat tails, or
erect vast wind farms.  A dose of self-sufficiency would be good for

Steven Daprs
sjd at swcp.com

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