What you got a problem with that? Lets leave the nuclear waste out in the open, where terrorist can easily get to it, and spread it around. No problem with that?
In May 2009, Secretary Steven Chu stated:
“Yucca Mountain as a repository is off the table. What we’re going to be doing is saying, let’s step back. We realize that we know a lot more today than we did 25 or 30 years ago. The NRC is saying that the dry cask storage at current sites would be safe for many decades, so that gives us time to figure out what we should do for a long-term strategy. We will be assembling a blue-ribbon panel to look at the issue. We’re looking at reactors that have a high-energy neutron spectrum that can actually allow you to burn down the long-lived actinide waste. These are fast netron reactors. There’s others: a resurgence of hybrid solutions of fusion fission where the fusion would impart not only energy, but again creates high-energy neutrons that can burn down the long-lived actinides. …
“Some of the waste is already vitrified. There is, in my mind, no economical reason why you would ever think of pulling it back into a potential fuel cycle. So one could well imagine—again, it depends on what the blue-ribbon panel says—one could well imagine that for a certain classification for a certain type of waste, you don’t want to have access to it anymore, so that means you could use different sites than Yucca Mountain, such as salt domes. Once you put it in there, the salt oozes around it. These are geologically stable for a 50 to 100 million year time scale. The trouble with those type of places for repositories is you don’t have access to it anymore. But say for certain types of waste you don’t want to have access to it anymore—that’s good. It’s a very natural containment. …whereas there would be other waste where you say it has some inherent value, let’s keep it around for a hundred years, two hundred years, because there’s a high likelihood we’ll come back to it and want to recover that.
“So the real thing is, let’s get some really wise heads together and figure out how you want to deal with the interim and long-term storage. Yucca was supposed to be everything to everybody, and I think, knowing what we know today, there’s going to have to be several regional areas.”
Really wise heads? How about we get a really wise head in the energy department, someone who is not fossil fuel hating eco-nut. Secretary Steven Chu, you believe in the man caused global warming fairy? That says a lot about wise heads, doesn’t it?
In 2008, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works found that failure to perform to contractual requirements could cost taxpayers up to $11 billion by 2020. In July 2009, the House of Representatives voted 388 to 30 on amendments to HHR3183 (Roll call vote 591, via Clerk.House.gov) to not defund the Yucca Mountain repository in the FY2010 budget.
Stirring the lingering debate over storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, head Ostrich Obama tapped Yucca critic Allison Macfarlane as the new chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. What so we spent
Let’s shut down nuclear power in the USA. One of the long time goals of Progressives. Dingy Hairy, you don’t use electricity do you?
The nomination of Macfarlane, an associate professor at George Mason University in Virginia who has written extensively on Yucca Mountain, is sure to be a lightning rod in the Senate, setting up a confirmation showdown. Republicans in Congress continue to lead the fight against Obama’s decision to halt development of the nation’s nuclear dump 90 miles north of Las Vegas.
Oh just what we need, another college professor with no real world experience. Credentials rule.
If confirmed, Macfarlane would replace embattled Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who announced this week he would step down after a congressional investigation into claims that he had an overbearing management style.
Why would the US want nucleaR PLANTS? Did you see what happened in Japan, be very afraid, Wwerrry afraid. Government candy is due Tuesday, so sit and wait.
Another head in sand Obama approach to reviving our economy. Bet this works out great.
So you wonder why the lights flicker and dim …..