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Does one generation have the right to leave a 30-year pile of garbage?

This seems to be the NRC's decision for the United States. Diablo Canyon and similar nuclear power stations across the United States are erecting these 30-year-capacity nuclear fuel storage facilities.

The chemical processing of nuclear fuel is as old as nuclear fuel itself. The first two atomic bombs were made by chemically processing nuclear fuel. Is there a reason for the federal bureaucratic delay in the chemical processing of nuclear fuel and the concentration of atomic reactor waste products? Do these delays only guarantee the work for federal employees producing nuclear reactor fuels from federal stockpiles and existing production facilities? Will American people believe a federal engineer? The disaster in New Orleans will question all engineering safety standards.

Lloyd Kattenhorn - Reno, Nev.

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