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Published: Monday, April 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Murray, UT

I would remind the writer of southern utah, utah has no reason to trust the government or scientist when it comes to anything nuclear. Utah has been lied to in the past; what assurance do we have we are not being lied to now?
I also would point out that energy solutions has already been caught taking nuclear waste that is hotter then for what they were licenced for.
They claim it was an innocent mistake; what is ask is if their act is so together how did it happen?

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

The problem is what happens when Energy Solutions goes out of business. Like the tailings left in Moab from bankrupt uranium mining operations, the toxic waste threatening the health and welfare of local residents was left for local government to "manage" until an earmark could be procured from the federal government to clean it up.

It's easy for people who live far away from the nuke waste to proclaim it safe. For those of us who live near and deal with it on a daily basis, the idea of "safe and monitored" waste is not something you can trust as a long-term solution.

Eventually Utah and American taxpayers will be the fallback on "monitoring" it for time and eternity. Just ask those of us in Moab!

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If Nuclear waste is so safe, why weren't other states jumping at the opportunity to take this stuff?

You say that the pits are lined with clay, really? And nothing will fall through into the ground water? What happens when an earthquake occurs?

In southern Utah, a company left radioactive ties after it went out of business. Who ended up cleaning up the mess and paying for it? Oh yeah, taxpayers. So if Energy Solutions goes out of business, will taxpayers again have to clean up after the private sector?

What about the message accepting waste gives to other states and countries? I don't want my state to be known as a dump.


The people don't want it. Lets not allow some folks with ties to special interest, like Mr. Michael Lee, benefit at our expense.

Miami Area, Fl

"As a desert is arid, co-mingling with ground water or rain is minimized"

That is comforting.

Springville, UT

Perhaps your neighborhood would be a good place to put it.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If “Nuclear waste is safe”, why do they spend so much money to move it to Utah?

USS Enterprise, UT

To "The Real Maverick" lets calm down. If Energy Solutions goes out of business, there is no reason to relocate the safely contained waste. Another company can easily step in and take over the operations.

If an earthquake occurs, it isn't a big deal. The suff is already buried in an area where the water table is far away. Plus, with the liquifaction that would occur in the Sal Lake Valley, it would only bury the waste deeper, and make it even more harmless. You also forget that the containers holding the waste are designed to withstand major disasters. In other words, seismic events or natural disasters are not a problem.

To "Ultra Bob" we get the waste because we have an area that ideally meets with federal regulations for long term storage. The stuff that isn't safe is currently stored on site at some nuclear power plants and at the Hanford site in Washington State, and some day at Yucca Mountain. The biggest reason for the stuff coming to Utah is because people such as yourself and other liberals are afraid of it because you don't understand it.

Salt Lake City, Utah

If nuclear waste is so safe why do they reuse to store it at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository which was specifically designed for that purpose?

Miami Area, Fl

Careful Rifleman or someone might say

"people such as yourself and other liberals are afraid of it because you don't understand it."

J Thompson

Some don't trust the government to certify that nuclear waste can safely be stored in Utah, yet they trust the government to take 17% of our gross wages to protect our health. If the government can't be trusted, then why would we allow it to administer health-care, Social Security, Medicare and all of the other budget breaking programs?

Either the government is trustworthy or it isn't. Either the government knows what it's doing or it doesn't. Either the government has a "track record" showing that it is totally aware of all possible problems or it doesn't have that "track record". Either Social Security is safe and secure with funds available to handle all promised payments or it is not. Either Medicare is solvent and able to handle all present and future needs or it is not.

Which is it? Can we believe the government in all things or can't we? If we can't trust the government with a simple thing like waste disposal that can be monitored and verified, why then are there so many people clamoring for government administered health care?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: JoeBlow
"people such as yourself and other liberals are afraid of it because you don't understand it."

Actually I support nuclear energy. I just wonder why Senator Harry Reid is so opposed to storing the waste below ground in a depository that the United States has already invested over US$9B to develop? What does he know that he ain't telling the rest of us?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

More Conservative hypocrisy….
We can’t trust the Government of anything,
We believe them when they tell us Nuclear waste is safe.

Somehow – I think they dis-trust the mean old evil nasty Government,
Unless it’s a Corporation paying that Government to tell them something they want said.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT


“The biggest reason for the stuff coming to Utah is because people such as yourself and other liberals are afraid of it because you don't understand it.”

Why would they spend all that money just to upset people like me?

Sandy, UT

Bad bad bad. Have you ever been through the West Desert in a wind storm? I have and I'm sorry but between Dugway, Tooele and Energy Solutions you're going to tell me nothing strange is coming over those mountains? I was also around when we were told no problem with nukes being tested in Nevada and saw many dying from fallout and believe to this day that we are still feeling the effects. If it can be safely stored then let on site storing be a condition of approval. I think after watching what has happened in Japan we would look for alternatives.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The question is not whether the blended waste is safe or not. The question is whether blended waste qualifies to be classified as other "class a" waste. The answer is a resounding no.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: LDS Liberal

In 1968 6,000 sheep were killed during chemical warfare testing by the United States Army who then tried to cover it up. We can always trust our government to tell us the truth ..... can't we?

Miami Area, Fl


I also support nuclear. And I do believe that some on the left are misguided in that regard (as are some on the right.)

But, I believe that many businesses will, at times, sacrifice safety in order to increase profit.

So, I support reasonable govt regulation. And yes, sometimes that regulation goes too far.

I also believe that we could get rid of most regulation if C level employees were jailed when they made profit over safety decisions.

But, the large corps will bribe our politicians to insure that does not happen.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

About 40,000 people die each year in auto accidents. Transportation is risky, but necessary and we look for ways to make it safer. We cannot have energy, whether it is carbon based or another mode, without some element of risk. A rational discussion on nuclear power compared to other "safe" options would be better than what is now in progress.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

That was back in the 50's. We know a lot more about radio activity now, and what to do and what NOT to do.

Constantly bringing up the scare tactics of Southern Utah in the 50s should not work anymore for anybody who knows the current state of affairs when it comes to handling radiactive waste.

I'd never say "radioactive waste is safe", because it's not. But the low level waste they handle at Clive can be handled in a safe manner. And it's not as dangerous as open air nuclear testing (which is inherenlty dangerous, and we all know that now).

We have learned a lot in the past 70 years. We have learned how to safely handle nuclear weapons AND nuclear waste. It's not the same as it was in the 40's and 50's. We've come a long way since then.

Murray, UT

2 bits

Cottonwood Heights, UT

ok, if we know so much more now; how did the hotter nuclear waste find its way into the clive facility?

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