Ship oily trash to Yucca Mountain

August 25, 2010

Having read several accounts of the problems encountered in finding a place to get rid of the oily trash collected during the Gulf cleanup, especially the burdens placed on neighboring states as well as inland Louisiana, it occurs to me that we currently have an ideal site for this trash which would relieve these southern states of the ecological damage they are currently suffering and will probably incur in the future.

We have an unused waste site which will probably be unused for a good while, maybe forever. This is the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada, which was intended for spent nuclear fuel and other radwastes. It seems to me that there is so much public outcry over the prospect of these wastes being put in what is felt to be an unstable environment, that these facilities, which cost millions, will never be used for their intended purpose, but might have an alternate use.

How about someone in a position of authority, like one of our senators, representatives, or perhaps the Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid, contacting the Environmental Protection Agency or some such organization and suggesting that all this junk be transported to the wastelands of Nevada? It would enable a use of these facilities and would lessen the burden currently placed on these unfortunate Gulf localities. Seismic instability should not be anywhere near the problem with oily rags as it might be with radioactive fuel rods. Rail transportation is probably possible.

It might be an excellent suggestion in this current electoral situation. I don't know who would object. Certainly not the congressional delegations of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, or Alabama.

Now is a chance to step up to the plate and get something substantial proposed and take people's minds off stupid things like President Barack Obama's religion and birthplace, as well as where to put a mosque.

William Hall, Towson

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