Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Energy, Environment, Science/Technology | Tags: "Settled Science"., Nuclear Repository, Yucca Mountain
Today the Obama administration — the Department of Energy (DOE), filed to withdraw the application for the geologic repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada that was supposed to begin collecting used fuel in 1998.
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 set January 31, 1998, as the deadline for the federal government to begin disposing of used fuel. More than a decade since the deadline, the government has not settled on a policy for how to do it.
According to the Heritage Foundation, President Obama in an Executive Memorandum on March 9, 2009:
Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health, protection of the environment, increased efficiency in the use of energy and other resources, mitigation of the threat of climate change, and protection of national security.
The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions.
Perhaps you have noticed that the public cannot trust the science and scientific process that informs public policy decisions.
Yucca Mountain is the most studied site in the world, for the Nation’s permanent geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. It has been subjected to vigorous debate. It is the safest site, geologically stable, suitable for 1,000 years. It is necessary for the safe disposal of more than 55.000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste that is currently stored at over 100 sites in 39 states. The Yucca Mountain site could safely hold 120,000 tons of waste.
The issues involved around opening Yucca Mountain are purely political. The science is quite settled. It is important to pay attention to the science, except when it is inconvenient for, say, the Majority Leader of the Senate.
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