Energy Chief Perry wants to play ball.
In a short-notice visit to Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility, Energy Chief Perry seems to be sending some signals. And just two weeks ago President Trump proposed $120 million to restart the licensing process.
I think what Trump has in mind is to turn over the task of long-term nuclear waste to private enterprise. Just think of the job creations that will come from this. Oh you couple that with revised reduced regulations and the sky will be the limit to profitability. If Trump doesn't have friends in the nuclear waste storage business you can pretty much bet that Rick Perry does.
What does the supposedly independent NRC have to say on this subject? So far nothing. So quiet you could hear a pin drop.
Once again most things nuclear don't make the news. At least not until there is a catastrophe - by then it is a little late.
Nevada is not too happy about this recent event. "I am troubled that the new energy secretary is visiting the site without informing members of the Nevada congressional delegation," said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. But that is pretty much the modus operandi of this new administration - stealth strikes.
Read more from the AP News.
"It is important to note that nine of 17 Nevada counties have asked for the science to be heard and that has been Nye County's position for years," he told The Associated Press. "If science proves it's not safe, no one wants it. But if it is safe, who would say no to a multi-billion dollar multi-generational public works project?"
Oh, I can think of a few people that would say no. But I don't think science is going to be a big player in this administration's plans.