Sunday, February 9, 2014

Waste Is A Terrible Thing To...

There is something a bit unsettling to me about this logo, it looks so happy and peaceful. Nuclear waste is anything but that. It is interesting that discussions have picked up about what to do about nuclear waste, and that is a good thing. It can't be avoided.

I am not sure what the correct answer is going to be but we can no longer look the other way and hope it all goes away. Not with ninety-nine power facilities still in operation and five more that have waste that needs to be stored permanently.

For a long time anti-nuclear activists have talked about the need for long-term, permanent storage. And now those words are being spoken by non-activists as well. Take heed people and teach your children well for it is going to fall into their tiny hands before long. They will be the ones to make decisions for the future.

Please read this New York Times article Nuclear Waste Solution Seen in Desert Salt Beds.

"With most things nuclear, however, the politics can be trickier than the science. In the case of WIPP, there is local support but skepticism farther afield. 
Expanding WIPP, however, would require action by Congress.
Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, a Republican, has taken what amounts to a radical position: undecided. “We haven’t made any decision on any possible future mission for WIPP,” said F. David Martin, the former head of the state’s Environment Department and now the cabinet secretary-designate for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. “The governor wants to be assured by the science that it could be done safely.” 

Still much to be done and questions to be answered. So as I said, teach your children well, waste is a terrible thing to...

1 comment:

  1. This is the first hopeful thing we've heard in a long time. Let's hope it pans out. Sounds so simple, which is always a good sign. Time will tell.