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Letter: There are ways to turn liabilities into assets

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The president’s fiscal 2021 budget will not include funding for the licensing of Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository, a senior administration official confirmed. “Nevada, I hear you on Yucca Mountain and my Administration will RESPECT you!” tweeted the president. “my Administration is committed to exploring innovative approaches.” This is the best news I have heard in the last three federal budget cycles.

I have written many articles about what a boondoggle this $15 billion Yucca Mountain repository is to bury nuclear fuel deep in the bowels of the earth. All spent nuclear fuel has been safely stored in above-ground storage cask for the last 40 years at every nuclear power plant. These casks are designed to store the nuclear fuel for 100 to 300 years at which time the fission products will have decayed to safe levels no longer effecting the environment around them.

What President Trump is just finding out is what President Obama found out back in 2009. We now have a bipartisan decision not to fund Yucca Mountain. The president and Congress have been briefed the last several years by advanced nuclear reactor developers Bill Gates of TerraPower and Ed Pheil of Elysium Industries and others. Building molten chloride salt fast rectors (MCSFR) is the final solution to 100% of the alleged “nuclear waste.” This scientific solution has existed since the 1950s.

All the unused nuclear fuel rods will have to be transported to a fuel conversion facility somewhere in the U.S. to convert the unused solid fuel to liquid fuel packages for the future MCSFR power stations sited in every state in the union. Yes, in every state because the MCSFR technology has resolved every existing issue stated by the environmentalists’ for half a century. …

New Mexico with HI-STORE CISF could be part of that final solution for stored nuclear fuel.

Like URENCO Enrichment Facility in Eunice, a new facility could be built in New Mexico also to convert the solid fuel stored at HI-STORE CISF into molten salt fuel for the future energy of America.

Martin Kral
Roswell