Apparently Energy Solutions still thinks Utah is a “low use” segment of the population, not to mention pretty stupid.
So what else is new?
The current proposal by Energy Solutions is to bring hotter nuclear waste to Utah even though it is only licensed to bring low-yield waste here by “blending” the hotter stuff with cooler stuff. You can read the full story in the New York Times here (click!)
Here, to me, is the most offensive paragraph:
EnergySolutions stressed that it mattered only what standard the waste met when it was packaged for burial, and not how it got that way. “If it’s A, it’s A,” said Dale Didion, a company spokesman. “How it gets to that really, really low level, as long as it’s at low level, really doesn’t matter.”
That’s the kind of dismissive attitude by an executive out to make more money that leads to Utahns dying from cancer, oil wells blowing out, and God knows what else.
As the story makes clear, Energy Solutions wants to find a way to jigger the rules so it can store hotter waste in Utah so it can make more money. It’s all about money, and if they can find a way to slip around the rules, never mind the consequences.
Would there be consequences? “Blending” nuclear waste raises an image of putting the stuff in a giant milk shake machine and mixing it all up so it’s a smooth homogeneus mix. Sort of like if you blend an iPod.
But that isn’t what happens. The hot bits stay hot, they’re just scattered around more, and they stay hotter longer than the low-yield stuff, which is the real issue and reason behind setting standards for levels of waste.
The idea of blending, as stated by the Energy Solutions spokesman up there, sounds a lot like BP saying the oil well gushing in the gulf of Mexico is no big deal because the Gulf is so huge.
The story says Utah is opposing the proposal. It should. Utahns are tired of sucking up to industries trying to make a buck off of us under the assumption that we will (a) roll over or (b) aren’t worth worrying about.