Radioactivity reclassification may bring more low-level waste to Utah

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  • JLindow St. George, UT
    June 7, 2019 3:09 p.m.

    Why bury radioactive waste in a dry mountain in the middle of nowhere when you can dump it in an open air landfill just off the interstate?

  • reasonable-doubt Provo, UT
    June 7, 2019 9:48 a.m.

    People can say what they will about nuclear power, but honestly, the people that have objections to it seem to be people that lived during the cold war when the government purposefully stoked public fears of nuclear war. Nuclear power is an incredible resource that we're leaving on the table because of bad dreams from a bygone era. Let's keep in mind that the supposedly cheaper options out there (coal, oil, natural gas, etc) all cause more deaths and pollution than nuclear, and the more green options (hydroelectric, solar, wind) all use far more space and are more expensive to maintain. Our future power consumption doesn't all have to be nuclear, but we would be foolish to ignore it the way we have for the past three decades.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 7, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    Utah politicians and their wealthy "contributors" want to reclassify stuff instead of complying. Same thing with air pollution standards and levels. Why do thing safelys if you can just "reclassify" the definition of safety? If Utah politicians ran a football team that lost 21-6, they'd try to "reclassify" field goals to count as 8 points and touchdowns 4 points. Vote them out.

  • okeesmokee SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 7, 2019 8:41 a.m.

    I hope everyone who took time to comment to this board also took time to comment to the DOE. The waste classification system in the US has served us well, but there are improved ways to classify the waste materials, such as the IAEA system, which looks at the hazard as opposed to the pedigree. Don't know what "Utah Republicans" had to do with this any more than "Utah Democrats". These wastes or "poison radioactive nuclear garbage" (if that makes you feel better) were produced by the nation and the proper management is a national issue. Some of this material will go to the facility in Texas, as that facility can take B&C waste. Some may come to Utah, if it is Class A waste. Most of it will be disposed of at the DOE facility that generated it or at the Nevada Test Site. The best thing about this change is that waste can finally be properly disposed of as opposed to sitting where it is - on the banks of the Columbia River (as well as other places).

  • TiCon2 Cedar City, UT
    June 7, 2019 8:01 a.m.

    The change by DOE is a reasonable one and brings the US in line with international guidelines on how waste is defined. The atomic offense legacy should be shouldered by all Americans, as all America pays the price for their use and proliferation. It should be done in a safe manner, obviously. But Utah taxpayers help pay for the $17 Billion vitrification facility at Hanford, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in NM, Vit facilities in SC, etc.

    Keep an eye on what benefits Utah is getting for taking the waste, though. Utah should be fairly compensated for the risk it's taking on.

  • Provo Man Provo, UT
    June 6, 2019 11:10 p.m.

    Here they come again Utah, wanting to bring in more poison radioactive nuclear garbage that other states want to get rid of. Solve a problem for other states, sure, by sending it to us and letting it be our problem.
    Nuclear declassification is supported by well meaning politicians who believe the "fake news" spread by waste control companies that make big money with no competition; aided by appointed government officials who apologize about this for a living.
    Are we going to stand back and let the HEAL organization just comment to media? A non-profit can provide information but must not fight politically.
    Make a search about this nuclear waste "business". Protect your future; find out which Utah elected officials are willing to let this radioactive poison come in; vote them out next election, no matter what political party they belong to.
    Enough is enough, we need new "watch dogs", the old ones aren't protecting us from this intrusion, would never bite , don't even bark. Instead, they sit up, looking with sad eyes, waiting for something to drop from the table.

  • Utah_Happyman Orem, UT
    June 6, 2019 6:30 p.m.

    Very sad for the future generations of Utah'ns. All because of greed for a dollar and no regard for the environment. Thanks Legislators...

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    June 6, 2019 6:01 p.m.

    It is ridiculous that the radioactivity level of this waste was simply assumed in the past. What a novel concept to actually measure it, which isn't even difficult.

    Does any of this waste qualify for use with a CANDU reactor? If so, then placing a CANDU reactor near this waste would generate a lot of electricity and also reduce the amount of waste. CANDU reactors use the nuclear waste from America's old technology nuclear reactors as fuel, generating energy and reducing waste. Since this waste seems to be simple waste from processing it might not qualify.

  • Skinny Skip from Ojai Ventura, CA
    June 6, 2019 5:16 p.m.

    This is literally one big game of "hot potato". Some of the waste at the Idaho National Laboratory originally came from the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado. The Idaho National Laboratory needs to clean up their waste since much of it was simply buried in the ground without any real containment all over an aquifer that starts in Ashton, Idaho and flows in a southwest direction toward Twin Falls. I'll bet you dollars to donuts waste from the INL is coming to Utah.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 6, 2019 4:33 p.m.

    Utah Republicans. Turning Utah into a glowing wasteland for future generations. All for a few campaign "donations".