Glenn Carroll

Cheaper for country to create dry casks for waste

RE: “Getting the area to prepare for long-term storage” [News, April 24]:

Thank you for running this lengthy, informative article on spent nuclear fuel. The price tag for moving the nation's highly radioactive spent fuel out of the pools into safer, longer term dry casks would be $7 billion, Robert Alvarez has stated elsewhere, and the nuclear industry estimates are even cheaper: $3.5 billion.

This compares quite favorably with the $8.3 billion the U.S. has offered to put up to build new reactors with private industry, and it is a positive idea to allow nuclear waste funds to ensure safer storage of the nation's nuclear-waste inventory.


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