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Published: Friday, Jan. 20 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

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West Valley, UT

Nuclear is such a 20th century solution to power generation. Hyrdo, solar and geothermal are the way to go for the 21st century. With all these mountains you can't tell me sources of geothermal energy wouldn't be easy to come by. Yellowstone over there is the largest geothermal area in the entire nation... surely we can find nondestructive ways to tap into that.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

"Under state law, applications for water rights must be approved if it can be demonstrated to the state engineer that a number of factors have been met"

If the state engineer determined those factors were met, it is not up to him to decline, just because he doesn't like nuclear power.

you're sying we should tap energy out of a national park? Even if you could find a non-desctructuve way to do it, do you really think the greenies wouldn't have a major fit if you tried? there is already a nondestructive way to get oil out of ANWAR (the Canadians are doing it - slant drilling), but the greenies won't let US touch it. No way they'd let us tap geothermal from Yellowstone.

And you talk about hydro - good source, but how many hydro-electric dams have the greenies demanded be removed from the Columbbia river system? They damage salmon runs - not as eco-friendly as they may seem

Eagle Mountain, UT

I think it is a great idea. Cheaper energy and it has been proven that is very safe. There is enough knowledge to make nuclear energy virtually accident free.

Palm Bay, Fl

Look on the bright side. You can pick the watermellons at night without using any light because they will glow in the dark !!Just kidding !! I used to transport radioactive material throughout the country and it always amazed me how goofy people can get when they see anything radioactive. Radioactive material is transported and used safely everyday. I have had truckdrivers who did not want to park next to me because of it so I told them to park next to that tanker of gasoline instead !! The only problem I had was when I first started transporting the stuff, I had a full head of hair! Just kidding !

the boonies, mexico

Go whine somewhere else to someone else enviromentalists, you people a major reason things and production costs so much on too many other items. Shut up or leave!

West Valley, UT

@lost in DC: Which would you rather have? A few more hydro dams on major rivers and geothermal plant near Yellowstone or more nuclear plants putting out radioactive waste that we have to bury somewhere out in the desert and hope that it all isn't damaged by some natural disaster?

If it were up to the "greenies" we'd all be living in teepees like the natives did 300 years ago... and they would probably have a problem with that because making teepees requires wood and animal hides.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

California and Nevada should be excited. Utah gets to take all the risk (just like how we get the pollution from coal burning plants to power California and Nevada) for others to benefit including those ex-legislators that used their office holding to get this "Bad Idea" through.

The rest of the world is closing this "old" technology while here in Utah we continue to slide back at every chance.

TJ said: I think it is a great idea. Cheaper energy and it has been proven that is very safe. There is enough knowledge to make nuclear energy virtually accident free.

Can't pay for itself without handouts is NOT cheap. Thousands of years till it's safe is not "Very" safe and Japan is learning how safe it is, since people won't be able to return home even in there children's life time.
Accident free? Since when a few months doesn't count, in thousands of years of possible "Accidents."

Sky Is Not Falling
Cedar Hills, UT

Good news for the State of Utah to work forward. We need energy, people need work.

Provo, UT

Nuclear is definitely an important part of the energy puzzle; we need more nuclear plants for both environmental and economic reasons. The safety issues are overblown; the cancer risk from extra solar radiation on a single airline flight is greater than that from having lived within a few miles of Three Mile Island all your life. The radioactive particles in soot released at coal plants are worse than if you took the waste from a reprocessing nuclear plant, grinding it up, and spewed it into the air.

The only real safety issues lie in continuing to operate outdated and worn-down reactors. The average age of operating nuclear reactors is 25, and the oldest is 43; safety and efficiency would be vastly improved by replacing these with new technology. Fukushima's problematic reactors were built in the late 60s and had been operating for ~40 years; they should have been shut down well before the tsunami but shortsighted politicians extended their operation so as to not spend money building new ones.

That said, I don't know enough about the water rights situation to feel confident the Green River is a good place for one given our drought history.

Lafayette, IN

I wouldn't think we would want to experimentally drill any holes anywhere near the Yellowstone caldera.

Enterprise, UT

I work for a company that owns a large share in a solar farm in St George. I know by experience that solar is VERY expensive (so is wind by the way) and the panels used to capture solar energy are made with materials that are very toxic - many believe them to be more dangerous than raw radioactive material. Solar farms also need huge amounts of space. Without better technology, solar is not the answer.

The problem is that hydro kills the fish, solar and wind are very inefficient, coal is too dirty, geothermal isn't as efficient as advertized, many are against drilling for natural gas, and nuclear is radioactive.

Too bad Krypton was destroyed because we could really use some of those crystals.

Enterprise, UT

Amy was able to find several people that don't like this project. This article seems very biased to me (it's not an opinion article is it?). I grew up in Green River and most of the people I talk to are very excited about this project. They feel that it will greatly benefit the area economically and they don't seem worried at all about safety. I guess Amy could not find any of those folks to quote in her article.

Enterprise, UT

The public in general is not very informed about nuclear energy (or any type of energy for that matter). Like many other issues; people have formed their opinions based on the media and politics but not on science or facts.

Those who work with nuclear energy are typically much more comfortable with it. Just ask Homer Simpson (just kidding - an example of media distortion even if it is funny).

I know several people who work with nuclear energy in one field or another and they all feel like it is our best energy option right now.

I personally don't know - I'm not familiar with the science. But I would like to see an article quoting some people who do know the science and the real safety issues. Good, bad, or somewhere in between - it would be nice to get some unbiased information about nuclear power.

South Jordan, UT

to: DeltaFoxtrot

You can't just poke a hole in the ground and get geothermal heat. Yellowstone is a volcano. It also has about 500 small earth quakes a day that make is very hard to build any type of power plant there. It can be done but it is very hard.

Today's nuclear power plants are very safe. The designs have improved greatly. New designs allow the operators to walk away from the plant and it won't melt down. I would feel comfortable putting one in my backyard. I seriously would not mind at all.

Salt Lake City, Utah

As Doug Wright has said many times on his KSL talk show: there has to be a role for nuclear power to play in our future. I spent 20 years in the Navy. The Navy has been operating nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers for years without an accident or incident. I'm from Emery County. I have run Desolation Canyon many times. There is plenty of room for a nuclear power plant there. It will be a blessing to the local community and the nation. Build it!

Elmo, UT

@ Happy Valley Heretic "California and Nevada should be excited they get the benefits. Utah gets to take all the risk." You are leaving out one very important benefit that Utah gets and Cal/Nev don't JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. I live in Emery County. I guarantee that at least 75% of residents in Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties support this plant and want the economic benefits. We live in an area dependent upon energy production for our livelihoods. We mine coal, have Natural Gas wells, and numerous power plants. All of these jobs come with risks, our citizens take them and do it so we don't have to live in the congested polluted cities unlike you. We like the clean air, clear skies, and natural beauty of the great areas we live in.


The main thing I worry about with new nuclear plants is security.

Please if they do decide to build it put the VERY BEST ultimate security in place.
Make them safer than the White House.

Saratoga, UT

Delta, you said, "Nuclear is such a 20th century solution to power generation. Hyrdo, solar and geothermal are the way to go for the 21st century."

Wonder what enviro-whackies say about those: "You think solar electrical generation is going to save you or the Planet? Think again." AmericanThinker post concludes with, "Notice how the "Green Solutions" always seem to create more problems and pollution than they could ever be expected to solve?"

Of course we know the cries to demolish the dams across the west as they are negatively impacting fish and wildlife. Lake Powell no more.

Seriously, so 20th century because we have come so far....

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hey.. its just a little bit of radiation, I mean I inhaled enough depleted uranium dust to make my hair glow before it fell out, not to mention all the other stuff. Seriously, nuclear power if managed correctly and in accordance the the NRC in not in itself a bad thing. If we wish to talk about more green ways of producing energy.. hydroelectric? That can royally screw up the ecosphere surrounding it.. Solar? Sure.. I like the idea of an orbital solar or fields of solar arrays. (No really I do!) I also like the the idea of tidal power and geothermal. I could wave the flag of Chernobyl and Fukishima but I wont.

IT is up to the community and the surround communities that host the power plant and benefit from it to decide if they wish it or not. Well time to go take my iodide.

Taylorsville, UT

How much dumb is there in Utah?

There is no such thing as safe nuclear energy and its has been brought to light how critically unsafe all current nuclear power plants are world wide. Didn't anyone see the news about Japan? For nuclear energy to be safe no one wants to invest in future safety and use of this system. Every nuclear power plant in the US has many avenues of failure that are being covered up. Three mile Island and other nuclear plant failures was not a fluke, it was a demonstration of reality.

What the state approval means is that it has found a way to cut water to the rest of the state citizens. Who wants to live in its shadow?
The only alternative for contaminated water is underground fracturing and pump it underground to contaminate millions of acres of ground and water runoff. We have seen cities turned in to ghost towns, how about a state and every where along the Colorado and Rio Grande?

NO, NO, NO, nuclear is unsafe, not cheap, and deadly ecological disaster. Nuclear plants are taxpayer funded forever by bond and high cost consumer bills (doubling costs).

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