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Now I know that tonight I should be putting up another exciting segment of Mr. Binney takes on the powers of omni-surveillance, but there is something almost as important and it’s a one-shot story that I don’t want to slip by because it’s absolutely vital to humankind.
President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget provides $120 million to restart the licensing procedure for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, but Nevada Democrats, led by fans of now-retired Sen. Harry Reid, have promised to try to continue to roadblock the much-needed facility.
The Department of Energy began studying Yucca Mountain in 1978. Nine years later, Congress approved the Yucca Mountain site as the only site suitable for long-term storage. In 2002, George W. Bush signed a bill which started construction. The site was proposed to open on March 31, 2017 – 3 days ago.
During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to abandon the Yucca Mountain project, and it has been tied up in law suits ever since.
This is the mindless political stupidity that can, and will have catastrophic consequences at some point. Why? Because currently spent nuclear fuel rods are stored onsite of the nation’s 99 operational nuclear power plants. At some point, the containers holding the highly-radioactive fuel will deteriorate and start to leak. Then, we will have a catastrophe on the scale of Fukushima, but right in the heart of America.
Only deep underground storage in caverns hewn from solid rock in stable geologic formations will do for storage that has been rated to persist from between 10,000 years to a million years.
No matter how you feel about nuclear power, what’s done is done. There is nothing we can do to undue the radioactive materials that have been created, other than secure them in the safest possible long-term storage facility.