Critics say bill paves the way for state to accept 'hotter' material
Who thought this was a good idea? WHO? Probably someone with more money than
Jim - thanks for taking the time to inject some facts and logic into the
discussion. I appreciate it.
Depleted uranium is significantly less radioactive than natural uranium. Even
though it may get somewhat more radioactive in the extremely distant future, it
will always remain less radioacitve than the natural uranium that naturally
exists throughout the environment. But alas, in a sign of intellectual
dishonesty, nuclear opponents seize upon the "getting hotter" thing.And here we have many comments suggesting that this is extremely
dangerous stuff, even though the volume of this uranium is tiny compared to the
naturally occurring uranium that exists throughout Utah, and is completely
uncontained. This has no potential to significantly increase state
residents' overall radiation exposure.Finally, we have people
who simply describe the legislators' actions as "selfish" and
nothing more. No concept that the waste issue exists and needs to be resolved.
Where should it be buried? What will we do with it? The answer here is simply,
"somewhere else", or it's "someone else's problem". A
remote, arid site which already has a disposal site in operation is a logical
place to put low-level wastes.
HB 220 allows a single person; the Director of Waste Management and Radiation
Control to decide whether to allow waste into the Clive facility. It removes
the responsibility from the DWMRC Board. Currently, DWMRC does not have a
director. The Interim Director, Rusty Lundquist would be to sole decider.
That's a bad idea.
ConservativeCommonTater:No, I don't remember when the Goshutes
wanted to do "this" for hospital level radiation grade waste. Do you
remember when that happened?I remember when the Goshutes proposed to
store spent fuel. I remember when Republicans and Democrats were opposed to
@ ConservativeCommonTaterYes, I remember Sad state of
affairs. Money for our lawmakers is more important than common sense or the
people that they were elected to represent. They have a short term
horizon and they leave long term consequences in their wake. I wish
I could do more for our young folks and future generations. Some of these
lawmakers are the most selfish people. It’s a shame. I don’t see
them as being good stewards.
Anyone remember when Republicans shot down the Goshutes that wanted to do this
for hospital level radiation grade waste?Does anyone remember when
the legislature approved low level waste with the promise that nothing hotter
would come to Utah?Does anyone remember the promises Steve Creamer
of Energy Pollutions and the legislators said hot stuff wouldn't come to
Utah?Apparently the legislators have forgotten. And, as long as the
campaign contributions from Energy Pollutions keeps finding their way to
legislators, memories will get shorter.
RRB,I don't work for EnergySolutions, but here are some
interesting facts.Depleted Uranium is the by-product of enriching
uranium. Uranium is processed for fuel by removing the more radioactive
U-235/234 isotopes, this is known as enriched uranium. The by product material
is the less radioactive U-238 (depleted Uranium). Natural Uranium is generally
99.27% U-238, 0.72% U-235, and other minor Uranium Isotopes, so Depleted Uranium
has slightly more U-238 than it does in nature, but less U-235.As
for the facility being in a flood plain, by your reasoning all of the Wasatch
front is also in a flood plain. The facility actually has a higher elevation
than most of Salt Lake - if the facility is underwater, Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo,
etc. are also underwater. Think of all the other "toxic" things that
will be underwater should Lake Bonneville return.
This is shocking since so many in Utah receive compensation as Down Winders from
previous radioactive activity in UT. What is wrong with their thinking? They
don't seem to care at all about the people in their State or our
BamafoneRepublicans do this because they can get away with it
without consequences Maybe one day Utah voters will actually start
thinking for themselves
This is an good opportunity for Utah if it is managed right, but only if.Utah has lots of area. It stands to reason if an area can accept this
waste for lots of money, and this waste stays put. There will be no downside,
but lots of upside.
Utah license-plate motto: "Radiation Elevated"
There is a better chance that I am going to star in FROZEN on Broadway, then Gov
Herbert will veto bringing depleted uranium to Utah! Last year, the
legislature shifted the $1.7 million dollar cost of regulating EnergySolutions
from ES to taxpayers. Yep, ES private shareholders got a huge corporate welfare
check. Flush with success, this year, ES gets to bring in nasty, nasty depleted
uranium. The Legislature says YES!Utah, The best government Of the
corporations, By the corporations and For the corporations!
Where are all the Bears Ears/Environmentalists at? Shouldn't they be up in
Why do our republican leaders do such foolish things
Acceptance of this waste makes Utah the radioactive dump capital of the USA. I
surmise a new slogan for Utah. " Come to Utah where you can get a tan at
any time of the night or day" Somehow the term cesspool comes to mind when
I read about these "hotter" waste materials. At least cow manure is
being put to good use.
Personally I am disappointed by the actions of our Republican dominated
legislature.To me they seem pawns of special interest groups.Does anyone really think they represent the voters.The so
called taxpayer funded “Inland Port” with in the Salt Lake Valley
can be a transfer point of radio active shipments via train and truck.
A pretty, great statePoor air quality, high taxes and hot waste. A
dumping ground indeed. Another depressing story that ignores the
rights and needs of our future generations. Life elevated. I
don’t think so. And the Governor, most likely, will sign this
into law. Oh my...This story is just the tip of the iceberg when it
comes to poor decision making by the law makers. Show us the money trail. Stay positive, we can always move.
@SkinnySkip; "I guess having Dugway Proving Ground in Salt Lake's
backyard wasn't enough. This will now become repository for all the waste
that Yucca Mountain was supposed to take. Whatever happened to Zion?" Sold for 30 pieces of silver to Utah Republican politicians.
I could care less how radioactive it is. Why do we want to be the dumping ground
for the rest of the US?
barfolomew Yeah, it does. A cloud of dust into the air could affect
our air quality, and have us breathing depleted uranium. Actually depleted
uranium is not a correct name, as it gets more and more radioactive. Keep in mind, energy solutions is in a flood plain that was 1,000 feet
underwater 14,000 years ago. You don't put toxic materials in a flood
plain. Where can we find the name of legislatures who voted for
I'am so glad Energy Solutions gets the tax break and the right to store
this waste. Are Republican Legislators are too.
By the number of comments...nobody cares. By the overwhelming votes to pass
this....again not much dissent. If Trump wanted to drop this in Utah there would
200 comments shredding him.It seems to be a non story by a majority. Utah
I guess having Dugway Proving Ground in Salt Lake's backyard wasn't
enough. This will now become repository for all the waste that Yucca Mountain
was supposed to take. Whatever happened to Zion?
@ RRBThere are a lot worse things travelling down our highways than
this, believe me. If a shipment of DU crashed and spilled it's load, the
people in the immediate vicinity might have a 1% increased risk of cancer 50
years down the road. When a propane or gasoline truck crashes, everyone in the
immediate vicinity usually dies right then. Your assertion that a,
"well placed small yield bomb, with favorable winds, could cover the Salt
Lake area with radioactive material," is pure fantasy. There's not
enough space here to explain the details but, no, it doesn't work that way.
@ just one voice"How does this make Utah a healthier
place to live?"How does it not? "Who benefits
besides Energy Solutions???"Lets see, taxpayers, other local
businesses, schools, workers and any others who benefit from any other business
in Utah."Just a review and the approval of one person is all
that stands between us and a site that gets "hotter" as time passes..
WHY??"First of all, it wasn't just one person. And do you
know anything about DU? Yes, it will become > Class A waste over time.
Around one million years from now.
I don't want this traveling down our highways. We have been fighting this
for a decade or two. I would think that our legislature would realize that Utah
doesn't want it, and it won't help to attract clean business in the
future. Who wants to live near a radioactive dump? One well placed
small yield bomb, with favorable winds, could cover the Salt Lake area with
radioactive material. (Including the NSA headquarters).This is a
How does this make Utah a healthier place to live? Who benefits besides Energy
Solutions??? Just a review and the approval of one person is all that stands
between us and a site that gets "hotter" as time passes.. WHY??