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National Groups and Associations Who Have Written
Let’s put things into perspective. For some 25+ years Nevada “politics” has opposed the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository not the science. It has been passed into law by congress, given approval “position statements” by the following national groups and associations. Science in itself is bipartisan, politics threatens scientific reasoning.
l US Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy
Having toured the Idaho National Laboratory, Nevada’s challenge to the “science” of the DOE and NRC are quite baseless. America designed and built the first nuclear energy industry and the first nuclear navy. All American people will be “short changed” by politics vs science and should protest unfounded opposition science to Yucca Mountain.
With the credibility of the institutions named above and their willingness to provide public position analysis on Yucca Mountain, deductive reasoning would suggest that the State of Nevada is unwilling to allow science to guide its future.
Gary Duarte, Director
US Nuclear Energy Foundation
NFRA: Resolution in Support of Yucca Mountain
WHEREAS government scientists made a cursory examination of a dozen possible sites and quickly eliminated all but Yucca Mountain as a site meriting full scale investigation.
WHEREAS Yucca Mountain has been thoroughly studied since 1987 by some of the best scientists in this nation.
WHEREAS Yucca Mountain has since been confirmed as the safest site on this continent to store spent nuclear fuel.
WHEREAS the industrial strength of any nation is its ability to generate electric power.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE NFRAsupports the completion of the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository, and opposes the waste of state and federal funds used to discontinue the construction of this project.
Nevada Republican Assembly
Resolution in Support of Yucca Mountain
1. 1 Government scientists made a cursory examination of, at least, 13 possible sites and quickly eliminated all but Yucca Mountain as a site meriting full scale investigation.
2. 2 Yucca Mountain has been thoroughly studied since 1987 by some of the best scientists in this nation.
3. 3 Yucca Mountain has since been confirmed as the safest, or one of the safest site on this continent to store spent nuclear fuel.
4. 4 The science has always been good for this, and a few quality control problems that occurred in the past have, by now, been rectified.
5. 5 Yucca Mountain is not a “dump,” as it is so often called. Instead, it is a repository site for spent nuclear fuels that can be safely, and profitably recycled to be used again as fuel, as is done in other countries of the world, including England, France, Germany, and Japan. As a result, the term “nuclear waste” should be changed to “nuclear residues”.
6. 6 To date 5.5 billion dollars have been spent on the Yucca Mountain project. Most of it was spent in Nevada. Of this sum, over 5 hundred million dollars were given to Nevada in indirect payments in lieu of taxes, as well as grants to universities and counties, while approximately one billion dollars were spent for equipment and supplies. Another 3 billion dollars went to contractors, mostly of Nevada, as well as wages paid to Nevada workers. Some of the remaining money paid directly to Nevada was earmarked to pay Nevada scientists to participate in the study and development of the project, but was irresponsibly used by Democrats to fund the Nevada Nuclear Projects Office. Its main purpose is not to carry out the Yucca Mountain project, but to defeat it. Yet despite this sabotage, it is untrue to claim that this project did not benefit our state.
7. 7 Nuclear residues, buried 1,000 feet underground, are virtually guaranteed to be protected from terrorist groups. They could attack above ground storage facilities with much greater ease.
8. 8 Objection to the facility began as a Democratic political campaign issue , headed by former Governor Grant Sawyer, who had little or no scientific background or reliable information on this matter. These fears were magnified by the press and the Democrats, so that unfounded anxiety was instilled in a great number of Nevada’s residents. In contrast, we should remember and applaud former Senators Paul Laxalt and Chick Hecht, who first offered to have investigators look into Nevada for construction of the Yucca storage facility.
9. 9 The project is fail-safe for the following reasons:
a. a The rock type safely encloses radiation.
b. b The burial depth also prevents escape of radiation, and protects against terrorist attacks.
c. c The ground water, 1,000 feet below the burial site, only moves at 2 cm (3/4 inch) per year. It would take thousands of years for water to enter that site, and longer to reach the nuclear residues stored in casks, even if they were in a state of deterioration. Contrary to claims by green extremists, the radioactivity of these residues would, by then, virtually disappear and pose no danger to humans and the environment
10. 10 The industrial strength of any nation is its ability to generate electric power. The USA has 104 operating nuclear power plants at this time. In the past it had more, but some of them were shut down due to pressure from green extremists. Other nations are rapidly expanding their own facilities, and many of them recycle their spent nuclear fuel. Should we be left behind? Let’s not fall into the trap set against us by green extremists and their obedient servants in our government and news media. Let us safely store this very valuable commodity in Nevada. Its potential as a fuel to energize the US and Nevada is enormous, and it is the wave of the future to do this. We should be thankful that we can provide such help to our country.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE NEVADA REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY supports the completion of the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository, and opposes the waste of state and federal funds used to discontinue the construction of this project.
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