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April 17, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Give nuclear storage a fair look

The Sun’s Sunday editorial, “Kill the zombie,” says it is beyond time to quit playing politics and kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. But I have yet to see valid scientific and economic conclusions supporting this viewpoint.

If the spent nuclear fuel is chemically inert and insoluble in water, there is essentially no risk that it would contaminate groundwater even if the containers leaked and the desert became a rain forest. The risk of transporting it to Yucca Mountain would be less than for chlorine or many of the other hazardous materials now shipped on our railroads.

And the financial rewards to the state could be significant. The nuclear power industry is paying $750 million a year into the Nuclear Waste Fund for disposal of spent fuel rods, which could be a windfall that would more than cover Nevada’s budget needs.

The Yucca Mountain project is politically unpopular, but it at least deserves a fair evaluation. It would be shortsighted to kill it without completely understanding the risks and benefits.

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  1. Nuclear power is here to stay. It has proved both a blessing and curse to the world depending on the way it is used, monitored, controlled, regulated, and the by-products discarded. If done the right way, nuclear power is a huge asset. If done wrong, it is a huge liability. There is no middle ground.

    Carmine D

  2. Go visit Japan for a few years, then report back on the status of YOUR HEALTH. Thank you.

    Nevada voters said "NO!" and they mean it.

    Peace,
    Star

  3. Harry Reid doesn't like the idea and he will NOT allow it. I favor it and have favored in for decades.

  4. Think of the JOBS including engineers, serious construction projects, roads and more roads, real highways not two-lane blacktop.

  5. YMFacts: Do you stay awake at night worrying that the volcanic action under Yellowstone is overdue for a super-sized explosion--like the one that caused a fallout winter and killed off thousands of species, the last time? Sure there are risks but get some perspective.