Worried with Waste, While Guessing on Gary
Sep 16, 2009
Maybe you’ve seen the news: Gov. Herbert is going to sit down with HEAL about foreign waste. This is good.
In short friends, I have doubts.
I’ve been encouraged by things that the Governor and his staff have said. For example:
I have no plans to change anything Governor Huntsman has done with regards to EnergySolutions
We have been very consistent on saying that we don't think we want to have foreign waste imported into Utah.
Governor Herbert remains committed to the federal lawsuit which is currently pending before the 10th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and has no interest in the storage of any foreign waste in the State.
What I can tell you is that Governor Herbert's position on this issue has not changed. He remains opposed to the importation of foreign, low-level nuclear waste to Utah and is committed to the appeal that is now pending before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
[Gov. Herbert:] "It’s not a black and white issue. People get very emotional about this thing and as we become emotional, rational thought sometimes goes out the window..."
[ABC-4’s Chris] Vanocur: "You are in a position, of course, where you could end some of these rumors by saying absolutely not, there's no way we're going to do the deal."
Gov. Herbert: "I can commit that the thing I will do is what's in the best interests of Utah moving forward.But I'll have all the facts moving forward before I make any decision."
Vanocur: "If I was a reporter writing a story about that answer I'd probably say something like the governor didn't say no."
Gov. Herbert: "Well, the governor didn't say no because who knows what tomorrow may bring."
Is he just telling people what they want to hear so that they will quiet down?
I'm worried because I don't know what will happen at this meeting.
Is he saying that the Utah Radiation Control Board, Representatives Chaffetz and Matheson, the North West Compact, and Gov. Huntsman all let their emotions throw reason out the window? I’m also interested in what reasonable/rational benefit there is for the state in importing waste if money is really "irrelevant" as he says.
Will Utah become the world’s nuclear waste dump on Gary Herbert’s watch?
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