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senate Bill S. 1234

Should an Independent ‘Nuclear Waste Administration’ Be Established to Manage the Storage of America’s Nuclear Waste?

Argument in favor

The storage of nuclear waste in the U.S. is a growing problem because the lack of a permanent repository means waste has to be stored at sites located in 35 states across the country. Establishing an independent agency at the Dept. of Energy will help ensure that the federal government finally fulfills its legal obligation to come up with a nuclear waste storage solution.

jimK's Opinion
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10/26/2019
I agree with Rebekah that there is a great danger in appointing anyone to this role who is neither qualified nor truly motivated to do the job. It is another ‘what has trump wrought?’ concern. Anyone filling this role should be fully vetted and have non-partisan support. This is a National problem that warrants clear management. It is a tough issue; Ignoring it only makes the issue tougher. Managing spent fuel is a long-term problem that must be dealt with by having a long-term focus. Most politicians just want to kick the can down the road until someone else has to deal with it. Finding safe repository sites to collect the increasingly hazardous spent fuel dumps around most reactors is imperative. I believe having an 'administrator' to focus on finding permanent storage methods, sites and transport protocols is the only way to keep reminding Congress of it's obligations to protect our people from hazardous growing waste stockpiles that are getting too large to safely manage. I support this. I am a little concerned about relying on private interests to deal with this but agree it should be an option. Yucca mountain should be re-visited as well as other central repositories along with a highly regulated safe and reliable site-to-site transport protocol.
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eatherich's Opinion
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10/26/2019
Make it federally regulated. We cannot trust private companies to care about this if it doesn’t have to do with their profit.
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10/26/2019
My question is this: why do we have a carefully considered, time -consuming bipartisan bill developed 16 years ago, using the best scientific and governmental minds and experience available waiting this long to be voted on and passed? The legislators involved in this process have had plenty of time to gain sufficient experience and to have examined all the pros and cons of this situation, and they are recommending passage of this act. Surely, we cannot doubt that these elected officials have done their due diligence in 16 years? These are respected lawmakers, regardless of party affiliation, and they have committed their time and attention to meet this urgent need. They have my full and complete support. No bill is perfect, but this one has been carefully designed to address all of the currently known concerns. Please vote to support this important bill!🇺🇸
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Argument opposed

Experience has shown that a federally-controlled, centrally planned nuclear waste disposal program doesn’t work. Rather than relying on the federal government to deal with nuclear waste, we should look to the nuclear industry itself to deal with this problem as part of its business.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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10/26/2019
No. Putting this critical issue under the control of an appointed industry lobbyist would be a disaster, just as putting a career polluter in charge of the EPA, a Big Oil executive in charge of the Dept of Energy, a Verizon executive in charge of the FCC, and a billionaire neophyte in charge of the Dept of Education has been.
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Colin's Opinion
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10/26/2019
Stop wasting taxpayer’s money on creating a redundant government department. Isn’t this the responsibility of the department on energy??
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operaman's Opinion
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10/26/2019
Clearing my brains for this difficult question. The DOE has many functions, but of those, the proper disposal of nuclear materials. Should I mention Yucca Valley? Billions of dollars to build that facility and it remains the center of environmental lawsuits. I, therefore, wish to know how another new Department will accomplish nuclear waste disposal when the DOE failed. Just another expansion of government and Federal Payroll.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedApril 30th, 2019
    No more unmanageable or unstoppable independent commissions. All government bodies should have oversight by other parts of the federal government. Congress should be wary of ceding too much power.
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    How 'bout, we just STOP creating Nuclear Waste?
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    Yes and no. It should be a private public partnership as the federal government creates a lot of nuclear materials for nuclear research. But the private market and insurance companies should have larger say in policy.
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    We should be cutting back on nuclear power ASAP. We have far too many as it is.
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    This is a problem that affects the whole nation, and the government must step in. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse.
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    This is the responsibility of the DOE. Hold them accountable to fix the problem. All too often, rather than address our problems, we create more infrastructure and expenses.
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    The current plan is fine no capitalist should seek advantage
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    Not Republicans
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    Independent as in fully U.S. citizen and not corporate or for profit? Yes. While we're at this concept of managing an "immortal" mortal danger, I suggest reclaiming the waste into a viable purity for energy production. Then vitrification of the material in a size that prevents disaster. We have created a monster that will out survive our culture unless we use the same science to abate the threat. The way the U.S. government hoards this stuff against the boogeyman of national security is noble but simple minded and toxic.
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    This nation lacks a single operational secure permanent storage site for our nuclear waste, some of the most dangerous materials in the world. The DoE has proven itself to be ineffective at carrying out this task and thus a new agency is clearly needed.
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    Anyone selected by the current president would turn this endeavor into a for-profit enterprise.
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    Nooooooooooo absolutely not
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    Not while the Great Degenerate is in office. Wait till he is in jail.
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    Isn’t the the job of DOE!
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    Not well Donald Trump is an office otherwise it would be totally screwed up.
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    Create a new beaurocracy? This is already covered by several others, no doubt. History shows that beaurocracies have only their continued survival as their highest calling.
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    LO want to say YES, because it is very important the a group of REAL, authentically educated Scientists should be the only people be involved in making these decisions. Problem is Trump only uses his need & want for money He won’t be a good one to set up this commission. That is my biggest cl cern.
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    I work at a waste handling facility and the DOE is doing a great job. Why in the world would you want to setup a inexperienced agency to just fumble the job and hurt people and the environment?? No thanks 👎🏼
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    Experience has shown that a federally-controlled, centrally planned nuclear waste disposal program doesn’t work. Rather than relying on the federal government to deal with nuclear waste, we should look to the nuclear industry itself to deal with this problem as part of its business.
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    At least not while this president is in office. And we need to get away from nuclear energy!
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