- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009


The Yucca Mountain spent-fuel storage facility (“Obama nukes nuclear storage,” Opinion, Friday) was an outgrowth of the decision made by the Carter administration in the late 1970s not to process spent nuclear fuel. Now, 20 years or so later and after the expenditure of many billions of dollars, the current administration has decided without any real technical input to abandon the program for long-term underground storage of spent nuclear fuel.

This leaves us with the default position of above-ground temporary storage facilities at many of the existing 104 operating nuclear power plants.

Are we supposed to feel safer as these temporary facilities assume a more permanent status? I don’t think so. At a minimum, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should complete its safety review before deciding on the project’s suitability.



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