The editorial board of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin are right: they don't get it. ("Burning Mexico's nuclear waste a bad idea, reprinted in the May 13 Herald).
Shipping low-level radioactive waste from a power plant in Mexico to be processed in Richland, then returned, makes good economic sense, is a good use of our technology and makes for good neighbors.
This low-level waste is described as mostly contaminated protective clothing and contaminated tools -- stuff that I would gladly transport in the back of my SUV. Radiation levels are expected to be less than what a person receives each year by sleeping next to another human being each night.
The waste will not be permanently stored at the Hanford site nor will federal funds be used to pay for processing, as the editorial wrongly suggests.
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The producing site will have to pay for shipping from the Mexican border to Richland, processing fees and return shipping costs. If not new jobs, this will at least mean more secure jobs for those in place.
And I think it's good to sell our technical services. We have available expertise that can be used to build or enhance global friendships at no cost and very little risk -- why not use it?
DENNIS MITTON, Pasco