Michael Waddoups fumes over lack of radioactive waste oversight

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 12, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    I am confused, aren't republicans for less regulation? Isn't to much government interference the problem today? I get more confused every time I flip on the tv I hear Mitt Romney and other republicans calling for government to quit regulating, and get out of the way. It looks to me like that is what is going on here. Government is not over regulating and getting out of the way.

    So state government regulation is good and federal government regulation is bad? Regulation of nuclear waste disposal is good, but regulation of Wall Street is bad? Government should have oversight of nuclear disposal, but not banking? I know regulation that republicans want is good, and regulation that democrats want is bad. This is just so confusing.

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    As a "good" Republican, I thought it was a no brainer to vote for Herbert this time. I am starting to have 2nd thoughts. How can we have an "honor system" when accepting nuclear waste? I always thought the group HEAL was a bunch of whack-jobs and tree huggers. I might have to start listening to them. Along with the DABC debacle and the I-15 Core project fiasco, it may just be time for new management. Can't believe I am saying this, but I just might vote for Cooke this November.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    This is only one place in Tooele county that probably has their own self-reporting as the Federal EPA has given so many businesses that opportunity. The other places, such as the Army's Deseret Chemical Depot and the URS company had the same self-reporting during it's destruction phase of chemical weapons. The waste handling of all of the various places and other chemical plants in Tooele county are probably similar. Tooele county is large and very few people to complain as all those places provide jobs for people from that county and Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber counties. There is a reason those companies go to that county to do waste type operations. There is not very much moisture, winter and summer to worry about and the wind normally blows toward Salt Lake and the easterly direction. The prior owner of Energy Solutions didn't like oversight from any government agency either and would fight any violation that was alleged or proposed with radiation mentioned in the violation.

    They want a free rein in Tooele county and have influence with state and county elected officials.

  • chaliceman Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    Corporations are for profit not for what is good for you or me. They need oversight, especially when dealing with these dangerous waste products. I am sure the majority of Utahns do not want this waste disposed of in our state....so, if that is the case, why did our government allow it? Aren't our elected officials supposed to represent us? We all know what happened; special interest lobby groups voice was louder than ours. For you who want less government and oversight, this is a good example of why, in some cases, it is essential. Corporations cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of the community. We trusted Wall Street and look where that got us. The most important role of government is to protect its citizens.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    "The performance audit recommends state regulators go beyond the so-called traditional honor system of the industry self-reporting."

    We use the "HONOR SYSTEM" with deadly radioactive material mixed with corporate greed?
    The honor box of candy guy went broke in Utah.

    "Waddoups noted that be believes EnergySolutions is a "good corporate citizen," and it is the division that has fallen down on its job, adding that the division has a "responsibility to do better and do more...."

    If they are good corporate citizens mike, then the regulators have nothing to do, right?
    My guess is the inspectors have been warned against interfering with these "good corporate citizens."

    Gov. Herbert has nominated Dan Shrum, an EnergySolutions senior vice president as a new member of the Radiation Control Board.– the previous board was disbanded earlier this year.

    But Mike Lee fought for Energy Solutions to bring in hotter waist, working for Utah?

  • Abe Sarvis Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    Remind me again of why we have an obligation to accept other states' most dangerous garbage.

  • danielgeery Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    For anyone not liking the grand irony in Utah politics--what is preached is not always practiced--I like to believe I offer a better vision for us all. But check my site and decide for yourself, voteutah.us.

    If you do like what you see, please spread the word. We have some amazing resources in this state and should be setting a better example and acting as a moral compass for others.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Sept. 11, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Senator Daytons remake of the control boards to better reflect Energy Solutions wants and needs is one of the scariest things to come out of the legislature in years.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 11:59 a.m.

    self regulation means do what you want in america. look up love canal.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    Like foxes guarding the hen-house....

    This is what happens when you allow Corporations to police themselves and scream bloody-murder for LESS Government.

    This is WHY we have elected officals and Government over-sight!

    Corporations are not for the people and by the people,
    They are about that all mighty $$$.

    And didn't Tea-Party darling Sen. Mike [Mr. Alpine home fore-closure, GOP Nominating Convention absentee] Lee promote, dare I say --- was bribbed, er uh -- heavily contributed by said Energy Soultions?!

    BTW - Utah, you get what you pay for.

  • Conner Johnson
    Sept. 11, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Keep EnergyPollutions from dumping waste in our great state. I remember not even 10 years ago when we wouldn't even allow trucks hauling nuclear waste to travel on our roads. Now we are dumping waste in Moab, Tooele and who else knows where. Tell everyone to keep their own waste, and quit burdening Utah and turing it into a Waste Dump. We are better than that, right?

  • One Utah Taxpayer Kearns, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    "Best Managed State in the Country" is what I keep hearing and most scandalous state is what I keep seeing and reading. Utah leaders (GOP majority)?! I hope someday you can learn to walk the talk but probably not. Kudos to EnergySolutions for being a good corporate citizen.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 11, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Utahn's acceptance of incompetent state government is appalling yet universal. We can't seem to build a road, regulate an industry or provide prision protection without cronyism, scandals and failure. Pray tell, exactly how is Utah the Best Managed State?