With recent budget actions, sequestration and stopping work in parts of the Waste Treatment Plant, construction of the facility is once again being delayed. It's important to address technical issues. But it's also important to put the risk in perspective by addressing the risks while safely building and operating the facility.
The plant is being built by local people with friends and family in the area. We have a vested interest in the safe operation of this facility.
It is critical that the plant be completed and placed into operation as soon as possible. A significant amount of taxpayer dollars have already been spent and continued delay only adds to the bill.
More importantly, there are 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste sitting in underground tanks, and those tanks are getting weaker by the day. A leak is one thing. A total tank collapse is another. Imagine the Herald headline should delays continue: "Catastrophic Collapse of Underground Tank Causes Massive Environmental Damage."
That's a headline we don't want to see. And by putting construction back on track, we won't have to.