Herbert derails Utah-bound shipments of depleted uranium


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  • Where is the hole in my understa
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    This stuff isn't particularly dangerous.

    That's why they bury it.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    nuclear waste causes global warming in Y2K

  • what is the benefit to utah?
    Feb. 23, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    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 countries.

  • real solution
    Feb. 23, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Sensible Scientist
    Feb. 23, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    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.

  • K2
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    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.

  • DrW
    Feb. 23, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    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!

  • refreshing new tone from EnergyS
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    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!

  • Brian
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    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 our backyard.

  • Greta Hyland
    Feb. 23, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    Why is Utah getting depleted uranium from North Carolina? Why can't they keep their own waste? Ugh.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    Keep that POISON OUT OF UTAH!

  • Shame on you
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    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 it.

  • Pluto Boy
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    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 contaminated.

  • John Farmer
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    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.


  • I-15
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    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 facts.

  • John Farmer
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    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.


  • RW
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    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?

  • Keep it
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    I trust EnergySolutions with my life. Don't you?

  • Pagan
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    '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.

  • Hey Brad
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Sensible Scientist
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:05 a.m.

    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.

  • wallofvoodoo
    Feb. 23, 2010 8:02 a.m.

    A Utah Republican stopping a potential campaign donor from making a profit! What is the world coming to?

  • Sarcastic
    Feb. 23, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    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.



    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.

  • No energy production is clean
    Feb. 23, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Keep it where it's generated
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    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 facility?

  • One minute, they're against
    Feb. 22, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    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.

  • Keep it out
    Feb. 22, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    The majority of Utahans do not want this waste! Please protect our children and grandchildren.

  • davelv
    Feb. 22, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    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.

  • nuclearlegacy
    Feb. 22, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 22, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    "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 state.

  • Silva
    Feb. 22, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Brad
    Feb. 22, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Sam
    Feb. 22, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    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.

  • collinda
    Feb. 22, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    We need your location so we can ship it to your backyard.

  • GWB
    Feb. 22, 2010 5:32 p.m.

    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 nuts.