Why doesn't Utah accept this uranium, and then when we (eventually) get a
nuclear reactor, make use of this fuel. 50,000 tons is a lot of fuel, Utah
would never run out for thousands of years.
This stuff isn't particularly dangerous. That's
why they bury it.
nuclear waste causes global warming in Y2K
Why should we store the nuclear waste from others states?If it is so safe,
then let it stay where it is at.If our state decides to go to nuclear
power, then we have the perfect place to store OUR waste.Each state should
make their own plan for storing the waste in their own state.Energy
solutions will not be in business for as long as this stuff is radioactive.It will be the state of Utah’s problems eventually to maintain.As
far as the jobs argument.There are many things we could do in this state
to create jobs: brothels, gambling, dog fighting, ECT...There are just
some things, we do not want to be involved with, even if it creates a few
jobs.One of them is the storing of nuclear waste from other states and
BLAH BLAH BLAH from the politicians and most of the posts. Lets just for a
moment forget that there is actual science that shows that the benefits of
radiation (we are exposed to radiation every single day). And please lets ignore
the political pandering of the politicians who are so self serving it makes me
sick. And all agree on one thing. Do any of us want to go back in time to the
late 1800's of no cars, nno heat in our homes, school for our children, etc. If
the answer is yes then please move to Alaska and enjoy. For the rest of us lets
realize that the production of our energy has waste and we need to have
reasonable (not political) scientific ways to store this waste. Energy
Solutions is one such facility. If you do not like it then sell your home and
cars move to alaska and homestead. Otherwise get informed and come up with
resonable solutions not political dogma.
The dry climate of the western Utah desert is ideal for storing this kind of
waste. We climates in the eastern states are problematic.This stuff
isn't particularly dangerous. It just needs to be kept out of reach and
isolated from rain and groundwater.Gasloine tankers are much more
dangerous than trucks or trains transporting this metal.
Simple questions: Why does So. Carolina not "keep" their own
material and thereby profit their own state with jobs and income? Same goes for
Italy, et. al.If Utah ever generates radioactive waste from such as
nuclear power plants we should include the proper disposal of our own waste
within our own borders as a priority before ever turning over a spade of dirt.
By the way, ES continuing ads hammer home that spent fuel rods are
"stored on site". The problem being is that these "sites" did not plan for
proper disposal/storage and are now out searching the wastelands (insert Utah)
to get rid of stuff that they generated and now are unable to store safely and
economically within their own borders.
Right on! We have been gone from Utah for a long time and are now Canadian, but
as I recall the Utah years we donated a lot of money to found HEAL and keep it
going in the early years. Well spent!
This new CEO Val seems much better than Creamer at working with the Governor to
protect the health and safety of Utahns. A turn for the better!
Most all Utahns have more dangerous materials underneath their sinks or in their
garages. I say bring in the stuff and use the revenue to help pay
for education. This would be wonderful for Utah. Herbert: where are your
priorities?Uranium is naturally occurring in Utah. It's already in
Why is Utah getting depleted uranium from North Carolina? Why can't they keep
their own waste? Ugh.
Keep that POISON OUT OF UTAH!
Some of you are willing to sell your soul and the future of our children for a
sack of gold - shame on you. Keep it where it was created; they made
This proves that DOE's "dishonesty is the best policy" doesn't work. DOE should
have revealed from the start that this material was a by-product of reprocessing
(to separate weapons plutonium from targets removed from military reactors at
the Savannah River Site)and contained such radioactive isotopes as plutonium and
technetium. It's not a by-product of uranium enrichment, which is a bit less
This is what happens when politicians get involved with scientific decisions.
They end up politicizing the science and pandering to crazy groups like Heal
Utah. Why does the public think that politicians who vilify Energy
Solutions are environmentalist? It makes no senses. Every Utah coal plant has
released more radioactivity than the Clive site has or ever will and nothing is
said. Magcorp and Kennecott continue to pollute our ground water and air and
nothing is said. It as if the entire State is clueless when it comes realizing
what the real environmental threats are.Jfarmer9
The most dangerous facility in Utah is and always has been I-15 and yet we all
drive on it.Idaho has one of the oldest reactors in the world
sitting at the head of the Snake River aquifer and nobody has even lost any
sleep over it in all these years.Enough paranoia already!!! Get the
No energy production is clean,I can’t tell you how ridicules
your assertions are. It is as if you know nothing whatsoever about science. A
nuclear power plant is not a nuclear bomb. The idea that a terrorist can
manipulate waste shipments to become a bomb is truly ridicules. You do prove
one thing that people who where a dosimeter still need supervision. With your
lack of knowledge about nuclear physics I am surprised you didn’t
irradiate yourself while you where in the army.Jfarmer9
I guess Herbet didn't listen to me. One of his campaign officers called me on
the phone since I'm a Republican state delegate. She asked me what I wanted to
tell the Governor. I said, "Bring in the nuclear waste, and tax Energy
Solutions, and say goodbye to the budget deficit." I guess that makes too much
sense. Have you guys that are against this ever been past Tooele? There is
absolutely nothing there! Why not safely store this stuff and bring in tons of
money for the state?
I trust EnergySolutions with my life. Don't you?
'The first DOE shipment of approximately 3,500 tons of material arrived in
December from the Savannah River site in South Carolina. It is being held in
temporary storage until acceptable parameters for permanent storage are put in
place.' So, we have slowed the problem. Great. Once we STOP the
problem, i.e. get this stuff out of Utah, I will be more inclined to vote for
Herbert. Oh, and for all those nay-sayers who claim 3,500 tons of
radioactive depleted uranium is safe, keep it in your house...for the next 4.4
billion years. If it was SO safe, why bury it? It is a
question many choose to ignore.
There is a word for "thousand million," it's called billion and no, it doesn't
make it sound any scarier when you use two words. If you read
between the lines of the cherry-pickers who are familiar with wikipedia and who
like to spout meaningless information with no context, you'll discover that
depleted uranium is of very little health /safety concern, and instead of making
money off of other paranoid fools, they want to make a political statement and
encourage our government to interfere with business and
economically&environmentally intelligent forms of power generation.
This is a win for Utah, why? Because of lost income and taxes? Lost employment
opportunities? What?The governor cannot demonstrate any valid
scientific reason why these shipments were stopped, or that existing storage
rules are inadequate. This action was not about safety, it was about political
advantage.This is politics, pure and simple -- the kind of politics
that prevented us from building nuclear power plants for the last 30 years,
thereby increasing air pollution from coal-fired plants. It's the same politics
that wasted $20 billion of ratepayer money by stopping a storage facility
underground at Yucca Mountain.This kind of politics has to stop.
A Utah Republican stopping a potential campaign donor from making a profit! What
is the world coming to?
Governor Herbert,Please ask that the DU be sent to Texas where their
state can benefit from the taxes and fees associated with taking the waste. Our
state is in such good shape it does not need to accept any waste that could be
stored safely. I'm afraid of anything I don't understand so please NIMBY.Sincerely,Utah. DU does get hotter over time-
eventually it will get as hot as NATURALLY OCCURING URANIUM. I don't know about
you but it scares me to think that something could return to its natural state.
I would rather have polluted air from coal plants than the affects of radiation
poisoning. The only was uranium is safest is in its natural form, but still it
can be hazardous.When in the military I had first hand training and
education on nuclear materials and waste. We had to wear dosimeters as do all
hospital workers working around the equipment. Dosimeters register amount of
exposure to radiation that is accumulative in the human body and it never goes
away.The same holds true when its buried in cans or containers that
radiation can penetrate. Nuclear materials react to each other and when confined
in buried bunkers they become time bombs in the making. It would take only one
small can in the wrong proximity of another by terrorist or accident to have a
holocaust.There are laws that say a nuclear power plant can never be
within miles of the population for a reason, and its not a nuclear blast. The
only regret we have is that our legislators did not listen to the right people
before giving ES its license to radiate Utah.
I worked a number of years at the Savannah River Site. My thought is that since
the South Carolina economy benefited from the contracts given related to nuclear
work, they can darn well store it there. What happened to the Barnwell storage
fossil fuels and concerned about air discharges and global warming. The next
minute, they are running around the barnyard worried sick about byproducts of
emissions-free energy like nuclear. I'm sure they drive their cars home and
turn on the lights and the furnace. Thank goodness they can sleep because they
recycle the Tribine.
The majority of Utahans do not want this waste! Please protect our children and
Send the stuff to Nevada. Not to Yucca Mountain mind you, a proposed monitored 1
million year facility, but rather to the Test Site which will allow the stuff to
blow in the wind towards - oh, say UTAH!What another stupid idea.
This stuff is hazardous and needs to be properly disposed of in a
deep repository. WIPP would be a far better place for the stuff.
hey.. "they" say nuclear energy is clean... why don't you trust them? looks like our new Prez sold out on nuclear issue. 1.How arrogant/irresponsilbe is it to make decisions on behalf of the next 100
generations?2.The true cost of nuclear energy never seems to
include it's disposal.
"The actual acute and chronic toxicity of "depleted uranium" is also a point of
medical controversy. Multiple studies using cultured cells and laboratory
rodents suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive, and
neurological effects..."Yeah Sam, that is just what we want in our
It's 60% as radioactive as regular uranium. But it gets hotter and hotter over
time. Let it go to the new site in Texas where they accept higher level waste.
When Energy Solutions was first licensed, depleted uranium was not
allowed there. Since then it's been wrongly classified as the government tries
to find a way to dispose of it.
GWB whens the last time you were around depleted Uranium? Are you nuts? Depleted
Uranium has an average lifetime of 4.5 thousand million years. Lets store it at
your house if it's worth that much money to you. By the way I'm a Republican,
which seems to be no different than any other misguided uneducated robot out
there. Do your homework please.
Uhhhh... it's DEPLETED uranium. That means it's about as radioactive as a
seawater. It's used as shielding in X-ray equipment because it's even denser
than lead. Ignorant people have a ridiculous paranoia of anything "radioactive".
These libs will drive a death-trap "Smart" cart, but they don't want to be
within 1000 miles of harmless depleted uranium.
We need your location so we can ship it to your backyard.
It is time for conservatives to show their support for Nuclear Power.If you support it, the waste has to go somewhere, so either accept it and show
your support or stop criticizing people opposed to nuclear power.Suck it up people ans stop giving in to the wacko Not-in-my-backyard enviro