[ RadSafe ] U.S. Court Orders Government to Stop Collecting NuclearWaste Fees

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue Nov 19 11:36:48 CST 2013

A reasonable decision, given the utter failure of our political process
to solve  a not particularly challenging technical problem.  The root of
the problem, I believe, is the willingness of politicians to accept
false assumptions upon which programs destine to fail are built, and the
symbiotic behavior of regulatory agencies and experts in government in
not challenging those false assumptions, because of the belief that they
are "conservative" and/or give the agencies more power/bigger budgets.

If instead of assuming the spent fuel must be completely isolated from
the environment for 10,000 years (or 100,000, as some groups advocate)
you use the much more realistic assumption that the spent fuel will
require special handling for maybe as much as 100 years, and should be
kept out of the weather until someone decides to reprocess it, the
viable solutions are many and not particularly expensive.  

I still favor my dry storage around the Gold Repository at Fort Knox.
If it weren't for the politics, they could start planning tomorrow, and
receive the first shipments by the end of next year.

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] U.S. Court Orders Government to Stop Collecting
NuclearWaste Fees

WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the federal
government can no longer require nuclear power plant operators to pay
fees into a nuclear waste fund, in a victory for the utilities that
challenged the fees.

More here:

Tony Harrison, MSPH

Inorganic & Radiochemistry Supervisor

Laboratory Services Division

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

8100 Lowry Blvd.

Denver, CO  80230

303-692-3046 | tony.harrison at state.co.us
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