Say “No!” to Commercial Nuclear Waste Coming to Idaho!
The Leadership in Nuclear Energy (LINE) Commission has sent Governor Otter a “Progress Report” with more than 60 very preliminary recommendations from its subcommittees. The report includes boilerplate descriptions of the Idaho National Laboratory and a cursory history of its relationship with the State of Idaho and the people who live here. Descriptions of the waste at the Site are somewhat misleading. The attempts to foretell the future of nuclear power are compromised by an unwillingness to grapple with how tenuous that future really is.
The recommendations in the “Progress Report” have not been discussed by the full commission and quite obviously have to be winnowed down by the time the Commission’s final report goes to the Governor next month. In an odd twist, the “Progress Report” also poses two separate sets of questions to consider – one for the public and one for the State. The questions for the State (presumably the Governor) include a very explicit, threatening, and false bargain: let more nuclear waste into Idaho or destroy INL.
You can read our comments to the LINE Commission here.
Stop Areva! Save Our Taxes!
On December 13, 2011 the French government- owned company Areva announced it was “suspending” plans to build a $4.1 billion uranium enrichment factory in Idaho.
Uranium enrichment is a dangerous and dirty business, and Areva’s most recent announcement verifies that the Idaho project would be a risky investment as well. What’s worse, in 2009 the Department of Energy (DOE) promised Areva a $2 billion tax-payer funded loan guarantee to build the plant.
Since Areva has put the Idaho factory on the chopping block and Congress is scrutinizing the loan guarantee program, now is a great time to push back on the loan guarantee and insist that President Obama, the DOE and Idaho’s Congressional delegation oppose this nuclear bail-out.