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Hanford’s Wastebasket is Taken Away

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Seriously?  SERIOUSLY??!!

I first wrote about this a year ago.  The President of the United States of America has decided that Yucca Mountain should be removed from consideration as a place to store our spent nuclear fuel.  Where he’d like it to go instead was a mystery until yesterday when this exchange between Senator Murray and Energy Secretary Chu was reported – for those of you who don’t care to click on the link, I’ll tell you the idea.  They want to store the spent fuel in SALT DOMES.

Now, I am sure there are people who know a great deal more about this than I do, and perhaps SALT DOMES are the ideal nuclear repository. However, when you have spent BILLIONS of dollars and YEARS of time on Yucca Mountain, why go for something else at this point?  When the plan has been in place for eight years? And in the planning stages for ten years before that? There is a place, in the middle of the desert, prepared to hold the detritus from over 50 years of nuclear work.  It can be safely contained.  No one gets hurt, not the yellow-tailed small-bottom gopher or some other obscure animal on the verge of extinction.  People won’t be affected.  The air and the water remains pure.  They decided this YEARS ago.  They spent the money to make sure it would be okay.

And now, in one fell swoop, the President wants to remove it from consideration.

I loved reading this article because the people they interviewed were far more articulate and less sputteringly angry about this than I am.

I especially like what Doc Hastings said –

“A unilateral decision to abandon Yucca Mountain without any justification and blocking it from ever being considered in the future is simply indefensible,”

And the following makes me laugh out loud –

“It is the secretary of energy’s judgment that scientific and engineering knowledge on issues relevant to disposition of high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel has advanced dramatically over the 20 years since the Yucca Mountain project was initiated,” the DOE petition said.

Okay, I’ll buy that.  In twenty years, there have been significant changes in in technology.

But, haven’t SALT DOMES always been around??

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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