[ RadSafe ] [ RadSafe Yucca Mtn.

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Wed Sep 22 11:50:14 CDT 2010

I think this is a good time to go back to first principles.  Before
deciding on a solution, we need to nail down the assumptions.  If the
assumptions are sound and well documented, it will be useful for
countering the baseless assertions that have been the stock-in-trade of
those opposing everything nuclear. 

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Cc: Teachout, Anna M. CIV AFRRI/HPD
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] [ RadSafe Yucca Mtn.

  The Nuclear Waste Policy Act is the problem, as explained in the

On 9/20/2010 4:02 PM, Teachout, Anna M. CIV AFRRI/HPD wrote:
> The Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA, P.L. 97-425, 96 Stat. 2201 
> )recognizes that the federal government has the primary responsibility

> for permanent radwaste disposal, as well as the important 
> participatory roles of the states and the public.  Various agencies 
> within the federal government predicted (decades ago) that the site 
> selection process and the construction would likely be controversial 
> because there are so many entities involved (Sec DoE, Congress, the 
> President, the states, Native American Tribes, and the general 
> public).  Political posturing and anti-nuclear activism haven't made 
> the undertaking any less complicated or less expensive.  Democracies 
> can be oftentimes be rather messy, but that doesn't mean we should
yearn for dictatorships, does it?

Bernard L. Cohen
Physics Dept., University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: (412)624-9245  Fax: (412)624-9163
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