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So, where would you rather it go, Mr. President?

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I got married in 1991, and lived with my brand new husband, Matt, in a small town called Bishop in California.  At the time, Matt was a newscaster at a local cable station, and I remember absently listening to him read stories about the relatively nearby Yucca Mountain site that was being considered as a nuclear repository.  There were pictures with graphics explaining how the waste would be stored in containers and then buried deep within the ground under the mountain.  This was pre-Internet for almost all Americans, so there were no nifty places we could go for more info like http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/ym_repository/index.shtml

We had to go to the library  – remember those?

However, we’ve got a LOT of nuclear waste in this country, and it ain’t disappearing into thin air anytime soon (as I don’t see a line item for payroll for David Blaine in the new U.S. budget).  Many people who have gone through the possibilities with a fine-tooth comb have concluded that Yucca Mountain is one of the best alternatives we’ve got.  However, Mr. Obama feels that there might be a better way to get the job done. O-kay… nevermind this quote

“For each year beyond 2017 that the repository’s opening is delayed, the Department estimates that U.S. taxpayers’ potential liability to contract holders who have paid into the Nuclear Waste Fund will increase by approximately $500 million. This will be in addition to the estimated current potential liability of approximately $7.0 billion due to the Department’s not beginning removal of spent nuclear fuel in 1998 as required by contract.” — OCRWM Director Ward Sproat, testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives.

The reason this is news and important to the Tri-Cities is the massive clean up effort going on out at Hanford.  What happens when you sweep up the detritus and there is no trash can?

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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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  1. […] first wrote about this a year ago.  The President of the United States of America has decided that Yucca Mountain should […]

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