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Hi everyone. I posted this a few days ago in the middle of the night. Assuming that not many of you caught the story, I'm posting it again. If this has already been discussed, my apologies.
Shut bases could get nuclear waste
A $15.5m funding plan allows for reprocessing

WASHINGTON -- Closed military bases could become repositories for nuclear waste under a little-noticed section of a spending bill that was passed by the House this week, exacerbating the fears of local lawmakers who are fighting the scheduled closure of four of New England's biggest bases.

The energy and water bill from the House Appropriations Committee includes $15.5 million for reprocessing of nuclear waste from power plants and construction of an interim nuclear waste dump. The legislation does not specify where that dump would be. But the Appropriations Committee report, which explains the bill, suggests that mothballed military bases be considered as potential sites for the waste.

It's interesting how it's assumed that it was "a little-noticed section of a spending bill"

when I bet no one even bothered to read it.


Originally posted to Rome890 on Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 06:00 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Good catch - I thought this when I saw (none)
    the news about the new ways to store nuc-u-lar waste.

    Is this a big FU from Bush to the mods in his own party???  Well, MAYBE they should change their affiliation to Dem and start working on kicking these guys out of town?  

    "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."

    by adigal on Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 06:27:09 PM PDT

  •  The Hartford Courant (none)
    caught this one too.  I expect that this is the reason that BRAC did not include money to cleanup the Groton CT subbase 15 superfund sites-they're just going to dump more stuff in them.  It's not a good location.  Not only is the area populated.

    The base is one the Thames River, an estuary which empties into Long Island Sound.  We still have a fairly active commercial fishery, both in New London, Groton, and Stonington both for fish, lobsters, clams and oysters.  While I feel fairly safe with reactors, I don't feel safe AT ALL with nuclear waste dumps.

    However, the Republicans do not believe in ecology, any more than they believe in evolution.  That's why Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is on list of harmful books (honorable mention).

    •  one = on (none)
      Oh for an edit function
    •  wow (none)
      While I feel fairly safe with reactors, I don't feel safe AT ALL with nuclear waste dumps.

      You might want to do some thinkin' on that one....


      I'ts too wet to work. Let's buy a DVD.

      by emmasnacker on Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 09:07:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Breeder reactors (none)
        Personally, I prefer breeder reactors, like the French are using, so that you don't have the nuclear waste dumps.  The US stated reason for not using breeder reactors in the seventies was a fear of nuclear proliferation.  Well that genie's out of the bottle.  Right now, we are screwing up the environment more with coal and oil fired power plants more than any damage than well designed nuclear power plants do.

        You need to look at the actual statistics.  They're safer.  They're cheaper.  They're cleaner.  And if you use breeder reactors, you don't get waste dumps.

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