My last blog speculated that nuclear energy might be a bigger issue in the Tri-Cities than elsewhere. That was before Sunday’s edition of the Seattle Times.
A column by editorial page editor James Vesely challenges the state’s political leaders to take a more rational approach to nuclear issues.
The column was paired with an editorial on Initiative 297, which points out that both candidates for governor in the last election didn’t have much to say about this disastrous idea that appeared on the same statewide ballot in 2004.
I-297 would have prohibited the federal government from bringing any additional nuclear wastes to Hanford, even temporarily, until the site is cleaned up.
But as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week, the state doesn’t have the authority to interfere with federal shipments of nuclear waste.
If every political leader who knew that constitutional issues doomed I-297 from the outset had voiced that fact four years ago, the outcome of the election might have been different.
Here’s one tidbit from the Times editorial you ought to know, even if you don’t read the whole thing — Washington taxpayers spent $386,500 defending this turkey in court.
Talk about waste.