[ RadSafe ] Obama Explains Yucca Mountain Stance

Ted Rockwell tedrock at starpower.net
Wed Dec 10 18:12:05 CST 2008

Not so!  A victim of NEI, ANS, HPS, DOE, NAS, and all the labs and
contractors whose income depends on having plenty of problems that are
dangerous, mysterious, and not solvable in the foreseeable future.
Anti-nukes just ride the train we built and operate.

Face it: Jane Fonda didn't create The China Syndrome.  Neither did
Greenpeace. We did.  It's been feeding "nuclear advocates" as well as antis
for years.

Ted Rockwell

On 12/10/08 2:38 PM, "Jim Darrough" <darrougj at onid.orst.edu> wrote:

> Another victim of far-left radical media, imho.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On Behalf
> Of Davis, Wayne
> Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:31 AM
> To: Bernard L. Cohen
> Cc: Muckerheide, Jim (CDA); Ted Rockwell; RadiatSafety
> Subject: [ RadSafe ] Obama Explains Yucca Mountain Stance
> In his own words...
>> From http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post_group/NVHQ/CSYB
> October 30, 2007
> Dear Leader Reid and Chairman Boxer:
> I understand that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is
> holding a hearing on October 31 entitled, "Examination of the Licensing
> Process for the Yucca Mountain Repository," at which Senator Reid is
> scheduled to testify. I know both of you have been working on this issue
> for many years, so I am writing to share my perspective on the issue
> given its importance to my home state of Illinois. Although I am no
> longer a member of the EPW Committee, I respectfully offer the following
> views and ask that they be included as part of the hearing record.
> Separately, I will be submitting questions for the hearing witnesses.
> Given the nation's rising energy demand and the serious problems posed
> by global climate change, we need to increase the use of carbon-free
> energy sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. But we
> cannot deny that nuclear power is - and likely will remain - an
> important source of electricity for many years to come. How we deal with
> the dangerous byproduct of nuclear reactors is a critical question that
> has yet to be resolved.
> As you may know, Illinois has 11 nuclear reactors - more than any other
> state in the country. Nuclear power provides more than 50 percent of the
> electricity needs of Illinois. Where and how we store spent nuclear fuel
> is an extremely important issue for my constituents. Currently, in the
> absence of any alternative, spent nuclear fuel generated by Illinois'
> reactors is stored in Illinois.
> In 1987, Congress attempted to reach a national solution to the storage
> of spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive waste by abandoning the
> scientific consideration of a wide range of possible sites and instead
> unilaterally imposing a final decision to focus only on Yucca Mountain,
> Nevada. During the past 20 years, over the strong opposition of the
> people of Nevada, billions of dollars have been spent by taxpayers and
> ratepayers in the construction of this location. Millions of dollars
> have been spent on lawsuits, and hundreds of millions more will be spent
> in the future if the Department of Energy fails to meet its contractual
> obligations to nuclear utilities.
> Proponents suggest Yucca Mountain will not be ready to accept spent fuel
> shipments for another 10 years; more realistic prognostications suggest
> we are at least two decades from Yucca Mountain accepting shipments.
> Legitimate scientific questions have been raised about the safety of
> storing spent nuclear fuel at this location. With regard to Yucca
> Mountain, the National Academy of Sciences maintains that peak risks
> might occur hundreds of thousands of years from now. In 2004, a federal
> court questioned whether standards developed by the Environmental
> Protection Agency for the Yucca Mountain repository were sufficient to
> guarantee the safety of Nevadans.
> Questions also have been raised about the viability of transporting
> spent nuclear fuel to Nevada from different locations around the
> country. Although it would seem to serve the interests of Illinois - and
> other states with nuclear reactors - to send our waste to another state,
> transporting nuclear waste materials poses uncertain risk. In fact,
> since a large amount of this spent fuel would likely travel by rail,
> this is a serious concern for the people of Chicago, which is the
> transportation hub of the Midwest.
> Because of these safety issues and the unwavering opposition from the
> people of Nevada and their elected officials, there is strong reason to
> believe that many more billions of dollars could be expended on Yucca
> Mountain without any significant progress in moving towards a permanent
> solution to the problem of where to store spent nuclear fuel.
> For these reasons, I believe that it is no longer a sustainable federal
> policy for Yucca Mountain to be considered as a permanent repository.
> Instead of re-examining the 20-year licensing process and the billions
> of dollars that have already been spent, the time has come for the
> federal government to refocus its resources on finding more viable
> alternatives for the storage of spent nuclear fuel. Among the possible
> alternatives that should be considered are finding another state willing
> to serve as a permanent national repository or creating regional storage
> repositories. The federal government should also redirect resources
> toward improving the safety and security of spent fuel at plant sites
> around the country until a safe, long-term solution can be implemented.
> Regardless of what alternative is pursued, two premises should guide
> federal decision-making. First, any storage option should be supported
> by sound science. We need to ensure that nuclear waste can be safely
> stored without polluting aquifers or soil and exposing nearby residents
> to toxic radiation.
> Second, we should select a repository location through a process that
> develops national consensus and respects state sovereignty, not one in
> which the federal government cuts off debate and forces one state to
> accept nuclear waste from other states. The flawed process by which
> Yucca Mountain was selected now manifests itself as a profoundly
> expensive endeavor of monumental proportion.
> In short, the selection of Yucca Mountain has failed, the time for
> debate on this site is over, and it is time to start exploring new
> alternatives for safe, long-term solutions based on sound science. I
> thank you both for your leadership on this issue, and I appreciate your
> consideration of my views.
> Sincerely,
> Barack Obama
> United States Senator
> -----Original Message-----
> From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
> Behalf Of Bernard L. Cohen
> Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 1:57 PM
> To: RadiatSafety; Ted Rockwell; Muckerheide, Jim (CDA)
> Subject: [ RadSafe ] query
> Can someone remind me of the reasons President-elect Obama gives for
> opposing construction of the Yucca Mountain repository?
> --
> Bernard L. Cohen
> Physics Dept., University of Pittsburgh
> Pittsburgh, PA 15260
> Tel: (412)624-9245  Fax: (412)624-9163
> e-mail: blc at pitt.edu  web site: http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc
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