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  • No Yucca? Then Stop All Radioactive Shipments to Nevada

    On Wednesday Nevadan officials met to discuss the transportation of used nuclear fuel to the geologic repository Yucca Mountain. Needless to say, officials had concerns over transporting radioactive waste claiming the plan “lacks so much specificity.”

    If a few politically entrenched officials in Nevada are going to halt a completely safe process that could grow the state’s ailing economy, maybe we should let them. In fact, since shipping spent fuel is supposedly so dangerous, maybe no radioactive shipments should head to Nevada.

    Let’s take a look at some of the uses of radiation:

    • Diagnose and treat illnesses
    • Kill bacteria and preserve food without chemicals and refrigeration
    • Process sludge for fertilizer and soil conditioner
    • Locate underground natural resources and tell a dry hole from a gusher
    • Make smoke detectors, nonstick frypans, and ice cream
    • Grow stronger crops
    • Power satellites and provide future electrical needs for space laboratories with people on board
    • Design instruments, techniques, and equipment; measure air pollution
    • Prove the age of works of art and assist in determining their authenticity

    And that doesn’t even include any of the national security applications of radioactive materials.

    The point is that the nation’s (and Nevada’s) food, manufacturing, energy, medical, and educational industries rely on the safe use of radiological materials, which do not just grow on trees. Acquiring them, in many cases, means shipping them from one location to another.

    It therefore seems somewhat hypocritical for some Nevadan politicians to object to shipping spent nuclear fuel from other states when other states have to accept that radioactive materials bound for Nevada are shipped through their states.

    What’s worse, according the EPA, Nevada actually gets 16.4 percent of its electricity from out of state nuclear power plants.

    So in the end, maybe Nevada should get its way but in return, perhaps no state should allow any radioactive materials headed toward Nevada to be transported through its state and Nevada can find some other method to generate 16 percent of its power.

    Furthermore, if Nevadan politicians are so committed to killing Yucca, then kill it. They should pay back the money that they took from American nuclear energy rate payers (of course they can keep what they paid for the nuclear electricity that they used) and stop taking additional money.

    Let them kill Yucca. Kill the jobs. Kill their economy. Nevadan elites cannot be allowed to hold the nation’s energy future hostage any longer.

    Those good high paying jobs can go somewhere else.

    The reality is this:

    More than 20 million packages with radioactive materials are transported globally each year–3 million of them in the United States. Since 1971, more than 20,000 shipments of spent fuel and high-level waste have been transported more than 18 million miles without incident. Transportation of radioactive materials is just not a problem. The only time it becomes a problem is if politicians make it a problem.

    If politics are going to stop nuclear waste from coming to Nevada, so be it. I can think of a number of officials from other states willing to jump at the opportunity to create jobs for their state and increase their state’s GDP. Maybe then Nevada will realize its mistake – they say ya never know what ya got til it’s gone.

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    10 Responses to No Yucca? Then Stop All Radioactive Shipments to Nevada

    1. Barb -mn says:

      Great article! And maybe the president of this country should ban all imported products that are manufactured under what this country's government calls contributors to "GLOBAL WARMING." You know, all those companies that used to prosper making the same products here but due to this country's governmental BANS are no longer able. This country's government is bias and racist and nothing more then double standard.

    2. Gary Hammer, Michiga says:

      Great article. One more addition to your usage of nuclear materials. The industrial trades, such as chemical plants and refineries use ratio active instruments to measure level and flow of materials in pipes and tanks.

      Another major use is in University science labs! Many colleges have reactors in their science buildings (i.e. University of Berkly).

      Also, last I heard, Yucca is on the federally owned Nevada Nuclear Test Site. So I don't see how local officials have any say over it. I also believe most of Nevada is owned by the feds. Also, I'm sure Nevada receives a LOT of federal money. Plus, since when has the Federal Government paid any attention to local governments?

      The DOD has been setting off nuclear weapons under the ground out there for over 50 years. If there was going to be a problem, it would have shown up by now.

      It's time America stops listening to all the radical environmental groups and do whats right for the country.

    3. James says:

      I'm a Nevadan. I have no problem with Yucca Mountain. In fact, I believe that Nevada missed the boat to take full advantage of receiving and storing the radioactive waste. In the near future it will become feasibile to reprocess the waste for resale and reuse. Just imagine the entire industry that could be built around it! People are ignorant when they think of radiation. They have no idea of the high energy particles that pass through them that come from the sun. Yucca Mountain is the least of my worries.

    4. Lois Whittaker, Las says:

      Hear Ye, Oh hear ye,

      I am a native of this great Silver State and a former worker of the Nevada Test Site. Therefore, I am able to shed some insight to this matter of "Close Yucca". The realiy is that back in 1958 when the atomic bombs were being blasted and beyond, the ground became very tainted with all types of radiation, even the real bad stuff that no one wants to talk about. The people in charge just put up little fences and cautions signs to where the "radiation" is and never even shared some of the dangers of radiation. The wind blows hard accross this land here, and those little "rad fleas" just blow and blow where ever they want. Did I suprise you? I hope not. Now, the point is, this land is so far damaged that one cannot live on or near it!..So, why not burry the spent products of nuclear production in its correct manner and respect it as it should be. The mountain that the products are burried in was created many generations ago in the 1960's for this purpose. The public is just now catching up. I feel that our leaders should truly educate the public on the safe ways of radiation storage and take away these bold face lies and fears of a melt down in Nevada. Yes, the water systems are few and far between and need to be treated with respect, but we take every precaution to protect them. This fear that the media puts into the public without proper education of what and how radiation is stored is deplorable. The real question is, why do the D.C. people whom do not live in Nevada, have a say in what goes on? I will tell you,,, it is because the State of Nevada is 87% Federal Land Owned!. What does this mean? It means that the land in Nevada is no different than the land in D.C. According to our Nevada Constitution, we are equal in ownership. This further means that if we won't put the radiation in D.C., we can't put it in Nevada.

      Note: the water resource is not threatened, nor do earthquakes jepordize this radiation landfill. The measures that have been taken from years past are so deep in the desert that we will all be gone before the radiation would ever even come close to being a threat. Please do not let the liberal media rule on this one.

    5. DocJohn, Las Vegas says:

      I just had to step in here and respond, because I'm sure that you don't live in Nevada, (just guessing) and you wouldn't seem to mind the U.S. government dumping 70,000 tons of high level radioactive waste 60 miles from my house. I do -but maybe that's just me.

      I'll give you the nuclear benefits points, all of them. I use them everyday just as you do, but you don't have to pay for them, only I have to?

      Nevada has 110,567 SQ MI in total, and of that tha U.S. Government has appropriated or set aside or removed from public use 86.1%

      No state has done more for the development of Nuclear anything. No state has had more acreage blown-up in the name of "National Security".

      That being said, should we talk about shipping the waste through each state, or should we talk about creating 10,000 yr storage in that state, because that's what we're talking about here, not shipping it. (We're not so keen on the shipping either and use that arguement to build support in our neighbors minds, but then they're not so keen about seeing it cruising through their town either, and we haven't even brought up keeping it for a while.)

      Let's talk about 10,000 yrs too! The pyramids are only four. But they plan a huge chain link fence, with three capstones ingraved with "There are no heros buried here" and such, in a multitude of languages. Anybody want to guess what the half life of chain link is?

      What can possibly go wrong, earthquakes, flooding, or just a plain old drip across 10,000 yrs.

      Nevada pretty much doesn't get much income from nuclear anything anymore, other than the old test site, that went with the end of testing. What we don't get is the use of about 10% of our state because the background radiation is so high, let's just say it's best not to go there. So we are pretty used to the way it is.

      BTW, we're not losing the income, jobs, etc. Our state derives most of our income from tourism, and it's hard to tell tourists to ignore that big train, with the helicopters and guards. We would lose hugely on that proposition bet.

      I'll make you a deal, you can put your dump here, if the residents of Nevada, get something out of the deal. No CURRENT resident of Nevada, would ever pay a power bill again, and ever again pay income taxes to anyone, federal, state, county, city whatever, even if they moved, for the rest of their lives.

      While you're thinkin and laughing at that last statement, I want you to look out your son or daughters room tonight, and imagine 60 miles away, and then imagine me writing Harry, my senile Senator, and introduce one more bill before he leaves.

      Now mentally mark that spot with an "X".

    6. TD Phair, Georgia. says:

      Before any radiological materials were even shipped to Nevada, did not the state agree to accept the money to construct the site at Yucca?

      If they did agree and now want to back out of it I think the state of Nevada owes the taxpayer some big money.

    7. DocJohn, Las Vegas says:

      "Also, last I heard, Yucca is on the federally owned Nevada Nuclear Test Site. So I don’t see how local officials have any say over it. I also believe most of Nevada is owned by the feds. Also, I’m sure Nevada receives a LOT of federal money. Plus, since when has the Federal Government paid any attention to local governments?"

      Exactly my argument for locating it in the Camp Grayling National Nuclear Waste Refuge, 300 meters below the surface, in the geographic middle of Michigan. (What's the problem, it's safe right?) And we have the added advantage that your local officials (read that – U.S. Citizens) have no say over what goes on there at all.

      That's about all, humm – No I see 2 Democratic Senators, well I'll raise you the Senate Majority Leader.

      Now how do you like being told it's going there and nothing to say about it?

      This isn't about the dump. It's about how you are going to compensate the state of Nevada, (who by the way, has no nuke power plants) to store your waste. What sounds fair to you?

      But you don't want it in your backyard, do you.

    8. Brian O'Connell says:

      Lots of zest on this article, but not much will come of it. It is discouraging to think that the congressmen who voted for the Nuclear Waste Policy Act that set the repository program in motion actually thought they had "solved" the nuclear waste problem. There are many lessons to be learned in this exercise. One might be to not pay in advance. Not mentioned in these comments is that nuclear utilities, and there ratepayers, have paid fees to the Federal Government for waste disposal totalling $16.5 billion and another $13 billion has been credited to the repository fund. Over $7 billion was spent.

      For TD Phair: Nevada would not "owe" the federal government for Yucca if the repository is cancelled. Most of the money went to contractors who paid salaries, built stuff, conducted studies, etc. Some funds were sent to the State of Nevada, the several universities, affected units of local government for authorized purposes. I see no basis for requiring any of those funds to be returned.

    9. Bill Myers, North Ca says:

      The reality is that the scientific community must come up with a recycling plan to generate useful energy from these toxic materials.

      Radioactive materials obviously contain a tremendous amount of useful energy. Why bury it?

      Bill Myers, Owner


      A Small Business Owner Seeking Investment Capital

    10. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      We who think independently and do our own homework, instead of relying on the dominant Leftist government elitist-controlled media, etc, to "spoon feed us", will find the above article is two things, as follows:

      The first thing we'll find is, it's true.

      The second thing we'll find is, it is all both true and yet another example of the same "grand-standing", demagoguing, and pandering Leftist government elitist politicians and bureaucrats, and type of politicians and bureaucrats, of which even the minority who did the voting and electing this time ('08) so bitterly complain about and are thus so supposedly opposed to; yet they are the ones who voted for and elected those same Leftist government elitist "grand-standers", demagogues, and panderers which such voters are evidently so schizophrenically determined to vote for and elect, yet so bitterly complain about.

      Of course Conservatives who "didn't vote" because any of the candidates "weren't Conservative enough", well, they don't escape responsibility for the consequences of the hypocritical Leftist/government elitist “grandstanding”, demagoguing, and pandering cited above, because, by not voting, too many people allowed the minority of both legally and illegally registered voters to do the voting and electing, and thus, by default, they also became a part of the problem instead of the solution.

      In both cases, such voters and non-voters remind of the hound dog sitting on a nail and howling because it hurts so, but it isn’t hurting them enough to “get up off of it”.

      Of course that only aids and abets Leftist government elitists, since with them the facts don't count, only their Leftist government elitist agenda counts.

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