Yucca Mountain will open for business, probably by 2018 or 2019.

There’s a reason for that prediction.

States with nuclear power plants have eyed Yucca Mountain since the late 1980s as a place to bury spent but still highly radioactive fuel rods. No state offered to host a repository, so Congress shoved it down Nevada’s throat when we didn’t have the political means to fend off the bullies.

…Translation: “Harry Reid said no.” Guess who won’t be running a danged thing in 2017? …That’s right! The next Senate Minority Leader isn’t going to be a Nevadan – Nevada may not even have any Democratic Senators in 2017 – and that’s pretty much the only thing keeping Nevada from storing the waste at this point. And if you don’t think that American Senators – on both sides – are petty enough to put a thumb in Reid’s other eye once he’s safely out of the Senate, well, I applaud your righteous nature.

Hey, you win some; you lose some.

7 thoughts on “Yucca Mountain will open for business, probably by 2018 or 2019.”

  1. Beyond Reid….

    I have been involved in utility law for a while and the Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) issue has come up. More than once. The Dept. of Energy was collecting money from utilities with reactors to cover the expenses of Yucca Mountain. I do not know if that money is still on hand or has been disbursed back to the utilities when it became clear Yucca Mountain wasn’t going to be used. I think it has.

    In other words – don’t start cheering yet.

    1. Although losing Harry Reid from the Senate is enough of a reason to cheer. I think he may be one of the most poisonous people to get into a high place in American politics.

  2. While I agree with Nevada’s legal case, I suspect there number of people who feel the same wouldn’t fill a medium sized convention center.
    And about the only federal judge to join us would be Thomas.

  3. Frankly, I think Yucca is a little hasty–thanks to that mental midget Carter, we’re dumping perfectly good nuclear fuel in with the toxic waste when it could be reprocessed and reused.

    I have a friend who was a submarine captain (read: Nuclear Engineer, since except on carriers you don’t get to command a nuclear vessel unless you come up the N/E career track) around the same time as Carter was, and has described Carter’s naval career as propelled by a hermetically-sealed liplock on Rickover’s butt rather than actual competence and merit.

    1. IIRC, our government has banned reprocessing.
      But when they come to their senses, we’ll know where to find it.

      1. Since we’re on naval .. this also means the Hanford Site (ask any pacific northwest greenies .. from a safe spittle distance) can be cleaned up and trucked (or .. containered and railed) south..
        A *clever* pacific northwest Repub could make hay on this ..

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