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Yucca Mountain unsuitable for nuclear wastes, but Republicans don’t care

The science the Bush administration used to try to support the project is, at best, incomplete, and the science there has been called into question time and again. There are significant, unresolved safety concerns about the project, and Yucca Mountain is a terrible site to begin with. It’s a porous volcanic ridge, and studies have shown that it is hardly suitable to contain nuclear waste. …Yucca Mountain was chosen as the proposed site for the nation’s high-level nuclear waste in 1987 over several much more suitable sites because Nevada didn’t have any political clout at the time………

A political meltdown Republicans making desperate attempt to send radioactive waste to Nevada Las Vegas Sun Nov. 21, 2010 “……..The White House has zeroed out the budget for Yucca and is trying to withdraw the foolish Bush-era application to build the waste dump, an application made to the NRC. President Barack Obama has declared his opposition to a Yucca repository and formed a commission to study what else the nation can do with its nuclear waste instead of hauling it across the country to Nevada. Given all of that, what’s the point of the NRC spending any more money evaluating the project?

Republicans say only Congress can end the project, and they still claim that it’s good policy. How they do that with a straight face is a mystery.

The federal government has spent billions of dollars on it and only has a big hole in the ground to show for it. The science the Bush administration used to try to support the project is, at best, incomplete, and the science there has been called into question time and again. There are significant, unresolved safety concerns about the project, and Yucca Mountain is a terrible site to begin with. It’s a porous volcanic ridge, and studies have shown that it is hardly suitable to contain nuclear waste. …
Yet Republicans want to spend billions more — the Energy Department estimates it could cost $100 billion — pursuing a dangerous project. And this is the party that declares itself to be fiscally responsible?………
Yucca Mountain was chosen as the proposed site for the nation’s high-level nuclear waste in 1987 over several much more suitable sites because Nevada didn’t have any political clout at the time………

A political meltdown – Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 | 2:01 a.m. – Las Vegas Sun

November 22, 2010 - Posted by | politics, USA | , , , , ,

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