EnergySolutions gets license to decommission nuclear plant near Chicago

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  • davidjay
    Aug. 24, 2010 2:55 p.m.


    I have no comment except to quote Mr. Dektol, "Most of Utah is wasteland. Not Good for much of anything but storing trash."

    Oh, yes I do have a comment. Open your eyes and you will see the beauty in any part of Utah. Beauty and uniqueness. This is a beauty that should not be despoiled by greed. The early inhabitants saw the beauty and revered it.

    If you can't make a buck off it, it is "waste land."

  • Captain Morgan
    Aug. 24, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    The name "Energy Solutions" was chosen to give that company a positive spin in the community. A more appropriate name would be "Radioactive Solutions". Regardless of their green earth labeling efforts, their revenues come from storing the radioactive waste that no one else whats to deal with. And now that Energy Solutions' lawyer "Mike Lee" is most likely going to be elected as Utah's freshman senator this fall, don't be surprised when MORE of this radioactive waste is shuttled into our state.

  • Dektol
    Aug. 24, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    Utah accepts LA Trash near Price, why no crying about that? Because you know most of Utah is wasteland. Not good for much of anything but storing trash. Let these guys bring it in, store it and TAX the stuff. Very simple and safe and maybe make enough money to eliminate property taxes. They can't put it anywhere else so TAX the heck out of it. They have to pay or keep it there so they really have no choice. Make Money and reduce or eliminate taxes while dumping the stuff in the desert where no one goes anyway.

  • Right-central conservative
    Aug. 24, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    And what has Mike Lee, the Energy Solutions shill running for Senate, done to keep the nuclear waste out of Utah? Oh, yeah -- that's right. Nothing!

  • Okaythen
    Aug. 24, 2010 7:59 a.m.

    Utah, the Nation's Dumping Ground.

  • davidjay
    Aug. 24, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    They just found some better class politicians to buy, outside of Utah.

    And for the three Energy Solutions employees that posted here, a few questions.

    1. Do you actually know any of the "long-term environment impacts" is a good question, but an honest person would have to answer, no. Because it is impossible to know the long-term impacts.

    2. Why is anyone who opposes Energy Solutions a "liberal"? I believe in conservation which shares a base with conservative. I believe that we should know that the awful "government" won't be on the hook for any "unforeseen" long-term impacts.

    3. I don't think being the nation's dump is a good "legacy," appropriate, but not really good.

  • John Farmer9
    Aug. 23, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    The real story that is not being reported is why Exelon wants Zion to be decommissioned. For 2 to 5 billion Zion could be a carbon free 2,100 MWe facility for at least another 40 years. This is a deal when considering one new 1154 MWe Westinghouse AP1000 costs significantly more. The reason why Exelon wants to close Zion is because they would not get their money back in the short term from their investment. This is due to the fact there is an over capacity of power in N. ILL. Thus more power would lower the cost of regional power and hurt Exelon overall profit.

    Regardless of this business decision I will give Exelon credit for moving forward with refurbishing projects that should increase the capacity of the rest of their nuclear fleet by at least 30%.

    Oh well, win some loose some. It should be noted that ES is just a nuclear service provider and is not responsible for the premature closure of Zion. That responsibility rests with John Rowe and the rest of the Exelon board. Anywho I doubt the Exelon board would remain if they didn’t ensure that they made money off their investments.

  • justired
    Aug. 23, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    apparently energy solutions has a better reputation outside of utah than within

  • Brave Sir Robin
    Aug. 23, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    Re: MillcreekRez

    Do you actually know any of the "long-term environmental impacts" of storing low-level radioactive waste, or are you just parroting what you're hearing on NPR? Be honest now....

    If you have any actual facts on the "long-term environmental impacts", please post them. I'll be waiting. But I won't be holding my breath while I wait.

  • ES4UT
    Aug. 23, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    Utah residents can easily take a tour, get the facts, see a safe operation and design, and learn a lot about any long-term impacts.

    See it for yourself!

    There are good jobs in returning nuclear power plants back to green fields where land can be used for chosen activities.

    Go see where this is done. Meet some of the people who do this kind of service.

    Learn about an industry that makes electricity without carbon emissions.

  • MillcreekRez
    Aug. 23, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Looks like the Energy Solutions multimillion dollar public relations campaign is paying off. They want all of us Utah residents to focus on the economic benefits of bringing radioactive waste into Utah rather than its long-term environmental impacts. Brilliant move, Energy Solutions!

  • ST
    Aug. 23, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    Great news- bring it on. More jobs in this lousy ecomomy.
    Enough is enough is clueless. Typical liberal reaction. Say the word "nuclear" and they blow a gasget. Get the facts, do some reading, understand the benefit to our state & very very low risk and quit with the unfounded knee jerk emotional reactions.

  • draperj
    Aug. 23, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    So glad we have great jobs created by a great company like Energy Solutions who can dispose of nuclear waste in a safe and responsible manner. What a legacy for all of us in Utah.

  • Enough is enough!
    Aug. 23, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    So glad we have more nuclear waste coming here. What a great legacy for all of us in Utah.