[ RadSafe ] [NucNews] Forest Service Approves Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Despite 26-year-old Environmental Review

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon Jul 2 17:20:00 CDT 2012

I am actually impressed that Mr. Cohen is astute enough to favor
reprocessing; his tone sounds like an activist, and so many activists
choose not to become familiar with the technical aspects of the thing
they are active against (or for, for that matter).

Personally, I am not keen on mining anything in an area that can
accurately be described as "near" the Grand Canyon, as I consider the
Canyon of greater worth than what is taken from the ground (and if it is
really, REALLY needed, it will be there later).  On the other hand, I
have heard Yucca Mountain described as "only" 100 miles from Las Vegas,
so I'd like a more quantified description.  

If Mr. Cohen is not talking about reprocessing Spent Nuclear Fuel, then
his statement about "huge deposits of DU" around nuclear power plants is
confusing, unless my previous statement about activists not knowing what
they are talking about applies.

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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] [NucNews] Forest Service Approves Grand Canyon
Uranium Mine Despite 26-year-old Environmental Review

      Actually, guys, we could indeed "mine" the DU that we've 
already accumulated, as Peter suggests, and we probably will (but it 
will take a while to get going).  Using the plutonium from used LWR 
fuel as the essential catalyst to get started, fast reactors such as 
the IFR and its ilk (PRISM, TWR, 4S, etc) can power the world for 
centuries on the uranium that's already been mined -- and with no 
more uranium enrichment needed, ever.

      --  George


At 08:17 PM 7/1/2012, Maury wrote:
We need also advocate the early cessation of automobile production ....


On 7/1/2012 8:51 PM, Peter G Cohen wrote:

The continued mining of uranium is a symptom of the profound sickness 
of our government and the corporations it serves, well demonstrated 
by our preference for death over life. All mining should be stopped 
worldwide. We can mine the huge deposits of DU on the premises of 
every nuclear plant.
  By continuing to mine, we are saying that money is more important 
than life, that we don't care about  God's Creation, that our own 
lives are expendable in the pursuit of money. We prostrate ourselves 
before the Golden Calf!

We must DO something! --Peter G Cohen


On Jun 26, 2012, at 11:00 PM, Ellen Thomas wrote:

   *Forest Service Approves Grand Canyon Uranium Mine Despite
   26-year-old Environmental Review*

June 26, 2012, by the Center for Biological Diversity


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