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Enviro editorial: Clean up West Valley's radioactive wastes

Dig 'em up, move 'em out, dig 'em up, move 'em out, dig 'em up ...

Oops. Sorry, but the Rawhide theme just keeps running around the mental track on this one. Digging up the leftover radioactive wastes at West Valley and shipping them to a secure storage destination a lot less vulnerable to seismic faults and land slumps than the area south of Springville has been the editorial page's preference for years. Unfortunately, that's an expensive proposition in the short term, however much it would save in the long run, and jurisdiction disputes between the state and federal governments haven't helped.

There are public hearings this week on a draft envronmental impact statement that would see some work done but a lot of the stuff left here under "active supervision," which means until they actually figure out what to do with it. In the meantime, contaminated groundwater plumes inch closer to the creeks that eventually feed into Lake Erie.

Wednesday's editorial page opines that that's not good enough, and gives you some information so you can opine too. Meantime, here's a summary of where we stand:

Dig 'em up, move 'em out, dig 'em up, move 'em out, dig 'em up move 'em out, Rawhide!


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