[ RadSafe ] DOE - Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Fund Collection Justification

Jerry Cohen jjc105 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 5 14:25:28 CDT 2012

I believe that, under the current administration, the DOE would entertain a 
proposal to solve the problem by neutralizing the hazard of nuclear waste using 
green enegy (wind and solar). It might be technologically absurd, but that is 
unimportant in the present political climate. 

From: Stewart Farber <SAFarber at optonline.net>
To: "Strickert, Rick" <rstrickert at signaturescience.com>
Cc: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List 
<radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
Sent: Tue, June 5, 2012 11:47:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] DOE - Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Fund Collection 

Thanks for posting the specific citation to the 6/1/12 decision by the US
Court of Appeals on the waste disposal fund and the failure of DOE.  It is
appropriate that the court include a footnote and make reference to the
writings of George Orwell, author of "1984". The Court writes about what
Orwell condemned as the "misuse of language" which applies to the US
Government/DOE in defending its actions on collecting $30 billion to date to
meet its obligations on high level waste disposal, and not doing so, while
demanding another $750 million dollars per year from electricity users for
nuclear waste disposal.

As written, in the decision by the Court:

Brief-writing, no less than "written English, is full of
bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one
is willing to take the necessary trouble." George Orwell, "Politics and
the English Language," 13 Horizon 76 (1946).

I suggest that the situation regarding the debacle about nuclear energy and
the fiasco engaged in by DOE and the political process refusing to allow
nuclear waste disposal to go forward [ despite collecting $30 billion to
date ], there should be a reference to Frantz Kafka  [from which we get the
term: Kafkaesque ]. In particularly people should read one of Kafka's
insightful parables titled "Before the Law" which was based on his book:
"The Trial".

From Wikipedia, a summary of the plot of:

"Before the Law"

"A man from the country seeks the law and wishes to gain entry to the law
through a doorway. The doorkeeper tells the man that he cannot go through at
the present time. The man asks if he can ever go through, and the doorkeeper
says that it is possible. The man waits by the door for years, bribing the
doorkeeper with everything he has. The doorkeeper accepts the bribes, but
tells the man that he accepts them "so that you do not think you have failed
to do anything." The man did not attempt to murder or hurt the doorkeeper to
gain the law, but waits at the door until he is about to die. Right before
his death, he asks the doorkeeper why even though everyone seeks the law, no
one else has come in all the years. The doorkeeper answers "No one else
could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now
going to shut it."

Stewart Farber, MSPH
SAFarber at optonline.net

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See -

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, No. 11-1066:

Rick Strickert
Austin, TX

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Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 11:33 AM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] DOE - Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Fund Collection

If this has been posted already, sorry:

A District Court Court rules on DOE nuclear waste fund -against the legal
basis for DOE collecting fees. DOE must justify consumers adding to $30
billion collected [at rate of $0.01/kwhr ] to date since it cancelled Yucca.
Wow, do those pennies add up!!  See:


Excerpt from above:

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) called
the court decision an "important victory."

"The court made clear that the Energy Department has not justified continued
payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund," said NARUC President David Wright.
"Today's decision will force the Energy Department to do its job and prove
why it should continue fees for a nuclear-waste program that it says no
longer exists. We believe the evidence demonstrates that until and unless a
new nuclear-waste policy is developed, consumers should be given a break."

Stewart Farber, MSPH

SAFarber at optonline.net

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