Letters to the Editor

Riener letter: Nuclear waste

On July 14 the Department of Energy is coming to Idaho to ask what we think of consent-based siting process for commercial spent nuclear fuel. By looking at a couple of quick facts it is easy show why Idahoans should reject storing of nuclear waste.

There are roughly 75,000 metric tons of commercial spent nuclear fuel in the U.S., with about 2,000 metric tons being added per year. Nothing has been said on how much storage would be needed or how much would be stored at any location. Right now no predictions of storage time can be given. The reason is that highly radioactive nuclear waste is slated to be placed in deep geological repository. No place on earth exists. DOE is asking communities to store an unspecified amount of waste for an unspecified amount of time. This nuclear waste would be stored out at the INL — right above the Snake River aquifer, the drinking water for 300,000 people. The moving of waste for storage to just be moved again for permanent disposal just increases the potential of nuclear waste exposure.

Idahoans are proud of our state’s beauty and environment. We don’t want to jeopardize that by storing nuclear waste in Idaho.

Jerry Riener, Pocatello