Carolina 8, Nevada 5
Candidates should say how they will
get plutonium out of South Carolina
Carolina has more electoral votes than Nevada, so why are the presidential candidates
throwing the Palmetto State under the nuclear bus in order to curry favor in Nevada?.
because Nevadans are more vocal than South Carolinians about pursuing their interests.
Clinton and Barack Obama have already declared their opposition to opening a nuclear
waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. They did so when they were campaigning
for votes in the Nevada caucuses earlier this year.
Now, Republican candidate
John McCain, who has supported opening the Yucca Mountain facility, seems to be
drawing back from that position. In a speech on nuclear security last week, he
said he proposed an international repository for high-level nuclear waste, claiming
such a facility could eliminate the need for Yucca Mountain.
Even if an
international facility could be built, it would be decades before it would be
All of these positions are meant to pander to Nevadans who
don't want Yucca Mountain, which is specifically located and designed for the
safe storage of high-level nuclear waste, to be used.
And this is all at
the expense of South Carolina.
The Palmetto State has become the dumping
ground for the nation's surplus plutonium. It has been shipped to the Savannah
river Site from defense facilities around the nation. This dangerous material
has been pilling up at a facility not designed for this type of use and in a location
unsuitable for long-term storage of highly radioactive waste.
needs the Yucca Mountain facility to become operational if it hopes to get rid
of this dangerous material.
The federal government said it had a two-pronged
plan to move the surplus plutonium from this state. Some of it would be reprocessed
into fuel for commercial power reactors, and some would be immobilized in glass
and sent to Yucca Mountain.
The reprocessing plant has been delayed, and
it looks like the facility in Nevada may never open, despite the fact that it
is the safest place for the storage of this material.
So South Carolina
will continue to be the nation's plutonium dumping ground. And Hillary Clinton,
barack Obama and now, it seems, John McCain are fine with that.
the voters of this state: We have three more electoral votes to cast than Nevada.
The presidential candidates should hear from South Carolinians on this issue.
They shouldn't be allowed to pander to Nevada at South Carolina's expense.