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Keeping an eye on nuclear waste for generations?

RE: “The science behind shrinking the EPZ” [Letters, May. 20]:

“The source of danger to the public is the possible release of the radioactive fission products at any time,” writes Howard Shaffer.

Thanks for explaining why we should not build any new nuclear power plants until the 70-year-old problem of radioactive waste is resolved. 2015 is the year of eyes wide open, and America doesn’t want to hear this aging industry’s Yucca Mountain excuses anymore.

Highly radioactive waste is currently stored at various backyards in 35 U.S. states because in the U.S. history of nuclear waste, a permanent nuclear byproduct waste disposal repository site monitored for eternity has never been made available anywhere.

Do we enlist entire family generations to keep an eye on this stuff for at least 300,000 years? This letter contains a lot of forward thinking, but no safe waste-storage solutions.

Jeannie Presler
Vancouver, Wash.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #309 (Wednesday, June 10, 2015). This story appeared on page D3.

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