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April 18, 2015

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letter to the editor:

Keep nuclear waste far away

Regarding the proposal to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain:

My question is this: Why was Nevada picked to warehouse spent nuclear energy? Couldn’t they have made a deal with Chernobyl?

Kipp Altemara, Las Vegas

You can’t take it with you

My favorite amusement park ride as a child was the merry-go-round. Round and round I went on that colorful majestic horse, all the while trying to get that brass ring that always seemed out of my reach.

As a blue-collar adult, I have been on a merry-go-round trying to get that almighty dollar. When I look back, it has been a heck of a dizzying ride. White-collar people have been on that same ride. The only difference with some of them is they cannot get enough of those brass rings to save their souls. A prime example is the criminal case of Dr. Dipak Desai and most criminals, whether they be white or blue collar.

You have to feel sorry for them. They do not realize you cannot take the brass rings with you as ashes in your urn or the box they put you in.

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  1. I have the perfect future site for the nuclear waste. Inside the Washington DC beltway! Why? Two reasons. First, 5 of the 10 richest counties in the country are neighboring counties of DC. Surely these smart and rich people can figure out how best to store the waste safely and securely in their own back yard. Two, it would set the example for the rest of the country and its citizens. Isn't that what we expect from inside the DC beltway?

    Carmine D

  2. Regardless of age, you can always ride and enjoy the Merry-go-round! Hence, the reason it is an iconic experience for the ages.
    Carmine D

  3. John Tominsky asks "Why was Nevada picked to warehouse spent nuclear energy <sic - should be waste...>?"

    Simple, John. There is an element within the U.S. Congress that whole-heartedly supports the idea of "states rights" which they define as the absolute right of THEIR states to do whatever they want, regardless of what any other state(s) may decide.

    That element decided to toss Nevada under the bus because it has too few votes to worry about. They certainly don't want to store THEIR waste in THEIR states and feel Nevadans are totally unreasonable to disagree with such a lofty ideal.

  4. MarcJeric32: It is WASTE until such a time as someone devises a means to reuse/recycle/repurpose it. Or do you also argue that the ash and noxious gases put out by the Reid Gardner plant are also simply "spent fuel?"

  5. So who's idea was it to put spent nuclear rods in open pits closer to Las Vegas? Is this some sort of punishment because Yucca mountain was not selected as the storage site for spent nuclear rods?