Feds want trains to haul radioactive waste, but trains have nowhere to go

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  • dawgdeelux saratoga springs, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Why in the world does it take 35 years to come up with a place to dispose of the spent fuel. The Federal Government can take over our health care system in 3 years, they can start and end a war in 10 years, they can bail out major U.S. industries in a matter of months but they can't, in their vast real estate holdings, come up with a hole in the ground to put this stuff in.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 6:18 a.m.

    A few years ago, there was debate about how nuke waste trains would become terrorist targets, requiring military protection.

    The problem wouldn't be so much of the radiation and health risks to the public with a wreck or "attack," but just one incident in a highly populated area (e.g., Las Vegas or Salt Lake City) had the waste gone to Yucca Mountain, would have created economic havoc and panic.

    It is frustrating that America has come to rely on nuclear power for 20 percent of its electricity, but it still hasn't figured out what to do with the waste. Uncle Sam continues to pay for that waste, generated by power that we produced and consumed long ago. ... and nuclear advocates say nuclear is our future...

    Renewable energy is price stable, and it doesn't create waste warranting railroads to ship it, military protection, or subsidies to protect citizens from it. Iowa gets 27 percent of its electricity from wind -- with no post-consumption costs -- and it is creating economic benefit to rural landowners and communities.

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    Sept. 1, 2014 5:42 a.m.


    As you say, trains have been hauling radioactive waste around the UK for years.

    And we agree: nobody has been harmed, and the public has benefited from the cheap, clean power, right?


  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 3:51 a.m.

    There is no safe place to take it and no safe way to get it there, not even with trains. They like trains because they are more remote and harder to track and follow and measure the radiation trail of destruction they leave traveling across the country.

    The depository in Utah and trains and hauling nuclear waste is not safe or contained. The Union Pacific rails go by the Draper dump waste site which has Geiger counters installed to monitor waste trucks trying to sneak in hazardous nuclear waste to the site are triggered every time a train passes by the dump site, more than a hundred feet from the geiger counters. And this radiation trail runs the length of rail lines point to point with its radiation being distributed and covered up so the public never hears about it.

    Its time to abandon the use of nuclear power plants and go back to the environmentally safe coal and oil plants and natural byproducts are safe and non toxic or radioactive. Besides the nuclear waste includes oceans of water that muse also removed from the earth and buried as well. Obama stupidity and ignorance about everything must be ignored.

  • ute alumni SLC, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    DC would make a perfect depository

  • hilary nottingham, 00
    Aug. 31, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    trains have been hauling radioactive waste around the UK for years. The general public didnt have a debate about it because no one was asked. Successive governments just do it.