- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Killing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is a very expensive mistake wasting the billions spent on it, which are even more than all the earmarks in the recently passed federal budget (“Obama nukes nuclear storage,” Opinion, Friday). We have a sad habit of spending lots of money on an idea locked into one administration just to throw it away with the next.

So now, the electric utilities with nuclear plants that paid for Yucca Mountain (it was not taxpayers but utility-rate-payers) just had their money tossed into a hole, and they are stuck still holding onto the spent nuclear fuel Yucca Mountain was designed to take. The good news is that we can build the next generation of nuclear plants and store the fuel safely in above-ground facilities for very many years.

Yes, it is time to get past the old mentality about scary radiation and deal with the technology as a mature society. We thought President Obama was going to let science trump politics. Let’s hope Steven Chu, the new secretary of energy, can enlighten him to the imperative of nuclear power.

CHARLES W. ADEY

Plymouth, Mass.

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