Other Yucca benefits

There may be an additional benefit to stopping the proposed dump for other states’ high level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. It is being used as an argument to stop additional nuclear power plants.

In Oklahoma where the state legislature is considering legislation to open the state to nuclear power, the Muskogee Phoenix editorialized, “Before Oklahoma goes nuclear, however, the state should guarantee the strictest safety measures will be employed in construction and operation, and a long-term plan for disposal of radioactive waste is in place.

“The United States has plans for disposal in Yucca Mountain, Nev., but that plan has been on hold since 1998. We should not be producing dangerous waste without plans for its transportation or disposal.

“Settle those questions about nuclear power. Then let’s discuss it.”