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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Very sad for the future generations of Utah'ns. All because of greed for a
dollar and no regard for the environment. Thanks Legislators...
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.
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.
Utah Republicans. Turning Utah into a glowing wasteland for future generations.
All for a few campaign "donations".