Thursday, February 02, 2006

Utah House Pushes for Nuclear Study

From the Deseret Morning News:

A day after President Bush called out Americans on their oil addiction, Utah House members urged the study of a nuclear power to cure the nation's energy craving.

The House amended HB46, which would create a new state energy office focus on alternative energy technologies, to include a specific mention of nuclear energy research. With the amendment, the bill passed 66-2.

But some lawmakers warned that the bill could send the wrong message when the state is fighting against a proposal to store nuclear power waste in the west desert.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Utah Energy Bill may be found at:

http://www.le.state.ut.us/~2006/bills/hbillamd/hb0046s01.htm

It really doesn't say much at all about nuclear except that the "The state energy officer shall...promote as prudent...the study of nuclear power generation...an energy emergency plan..."

This is really only posturing. Nuclear power generation has been exhaustively studied. The real solution is to turn the free market loose and level the regulatory playing field between the different means of generation Energy: nuclear, coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, hydro, etc.

Besides, Utah's opposition to spent nuclear fuel storage at Skull Valley Goshutes is on the same level as Nevada's opposition to Yucca Mountain. Both could easily bring an economic upswing to their respective areas with virtually no environmental impact. That, too, has been exhaustively studied. And that is just what we do NOT need - money for another study when ACTION is called for.

Regards,

Paul W. Primavera