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Lord Issues Statement on Yucca Mountain

February 16, 2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert Cahaly
803-233-7321
February 16, 2010
Lord Issues Statement on Yucca Mountain
(COLUMBIA)- Republican candidate for Attorney General Leighton Lord issued the following statement on the closing of Yucca Mountain:
“I want to join Governor Sanford and other Republican officials in encouraging the Obama administration and the Congress to reconsider the Yucca Mountain decision. Each of us need to reach out to those who have influence on this issue.
In addition, I also agree with Attorney General McMaster’s effort to investigate legal remedies that involve other attorneys general.  If this decision stands, South Carolina ratepayers will not receive what they have paid for over all these years. This is an important type of abuse that attorney general’s should stand up against.
As a member of the Santee Cooper board, I have a unique understanding of how critical safe, long term nuclear waste storage is to our state and our nation’s energy future. I find it ironic but not surprising that the Obama Administration can say out of one side of its mouth ‘we need to move away from dirty fuels like coal and oil as part of our energy policy’. Then without missing a beat, say out of the other side of its mouth ‘oh by the way, you may have some trouble using nuclear power too because, we’re going to close the nuclear waste storage that you already paid for’.
What we really need from Washington now is more sound energy policy and less election year politics.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Robert Cahaly              803-233-7321 February 16, 2010
Lord Issues Statement on Yucca Mountain (COLUMBIA)- Republican candidate for Attorney General Leighton Lord issued the following statement on the closing of Yucca Mountain:  “I want to join Governor Sanford and other Republican officials in encouraging the Obama administration and the Congress to reconsider the Yucca Mountain decision. Each of us need to reach out to those who have influence on this issue.
In addition, I also agree with Attorney General McMaster’s effort to investigate legal remedies that involve other attorneys general.  If this decision stands, South Carolina ratepayers will not receive what they have paid for over all these years. This is an important type of abuse that attorney general’s should stand up against.
As a member of the Santee Cooper board, I have a unique understanding of how critical safe, long term nuclear waste storage is to our state and our nation’s energy future. I find it ironic but not surprising that the Obama Administration can say out of one side of its mouth ‘we need to move away from dirty fuels like coal and oil as part of our energy policy’. Then without missing a beat, say out of the other side of its mouth ‘oh by the way, you may have some trouble using nuclear power too because, we’re going to close the nuclear waste storage that you already paid for’.
What we really need from Washington now is more sound energy policy and less election year politics.” ###

One Comment leave one →
  1. scott permalink
    February 17, 2010 9:41 am

    Nuclear power plants are not the way to go – very expensive power pr watt, take to long to build(15+ yrs), never come in on time, always over budget and (from experience and knowledge) the nuclear waste has a half life of 50,000+- years so where are you going to store it safely..thank you Three Mile Island !…And the tax payers always end up footing the bill through “government gaurantees” because banks won’t touch them with isotope gloves. They are insured through ANI (an insurance pool) American Nuclear Insurers. – what it boils down to though is nuke waste storage, no matter how much they tout new reactor construction safety, you still have to store the waste for thousands of years, unless you’re in Russia where you just dump it in the oceans …

    Russian nuclear waste dumped off Sweden
    http://www.thelocal.se/24776/20100204/

    Earlier this month, Governor Yevgeny Nazdratenko of the far eastern Russian region of Primorie promised Japan that Russia will never again dump radioactive waste in the Pacific Ocean
    http://www.atimes.com/c-asia/AI14Ag01.html

    John Dimsdale: The government will guarantee the repayment of private bank loans to the Southern Company, which hopes to have licensing approval to start building two nuclear reactors in 2012. The industry hopes the government seal of approval will jumpstart new construction around the country.
    Baltimore’s Constellation Energy is awaiting its own government loan guarantee. Mike Wallace is Constellation’s chief operating officer:
    Mike Wallace: Getting a loan guarantee is absolutely critical to moving forward. Commercial banks simply will not lend the money when no nuclear plant’s been built in this country in 30 years.
    But nuclear power skeptics, like Vermont Law School’s Mark Cooper, say if other investors won’t guarantee the loans, why should taxpayers?
    Mark Cooper: It’s quite clear that the industry is unable to move forward in private markets, and the industry wants essentially a bailout — a commitment from taxpayers to guarantee very risky projects.
    http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/16/am-georgia-power-plants/

    Q: A nuclear power plant problem irradiated my home. Are my home and possessions covered?
    A: No. Nuclear accidents are a standard exclusion. You’d have to go to the power company that owns the nuclear plant and get it to pay up.

    I worked in oil field pipe inspection some 20 years ago as unit manager/operator on a high tech drill pipe and casing inspection unit. A dear friend was unit manager/operator on an older less improved unit. I can’t prove it but{we}suspect his fatal cancer was caused by the cesium 137 used in the rotating head. I later had 3 horn like skin mutations(basil cell carsinoma)removed from my face and arm.

    I’m tellin ya friends, as did 3 Mile Island, Chernoble etc etc…don’t mess with that sh*& !

    It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
    James Madison

    Scott

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