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Tiny nuclear waste fee added up to billions


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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    May 15, 2014 1:57 p.m.

    An example as to why nuclear isn't a good option for America. No one wants the waste. Shipping waste from nuclear facilities across the nation would require the waste to have to travel through major cities, including near the Temple in SLC and the Strip in Las Vegas, and just one accident could create chaos.

    I always think back to Moab having to get a federal bailout to clean up its uranium tailings left by bankrupt uranium mines. No one in the nuclear industry took responsibility, requiring the federal government to step in. We're likely to face another bailout for nuclear plants as they need to close due to age, and all their waste left for taxpayers to manage for time and eternity.

    In California, a closing nuclear plant is creating controversy as to whom is going to pay for its closure -- taxpayers or ratepayers (they're the same people!)

    Renewable energy doesn't produce any toxic waste, and typically left over solar panels and turbines are required to be taken down at the end of a project's life as part of their operation agreements.