posted on Apr, 26 2004 @ 03:10 PM
In an environmental science class, a few years ago, I studied the Yucca Mountain Project. At the time, I got in touch with the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC), and they mailed me bulkloads of information, ranging from VHS tapes of environmental discussions of the project, to CDs of
conferences, to "The Nuclear Primer for Every Citizen."
Truth be told, they were very helpful. I'd recommend contacting them for some information, they gave me lots of facts.
(Incidentally, I am still on their mailing list, and occasionally receive packages with information on lectures and pamphlets. (And you wonder why the
budget is so high).)
I'm not sure how I feel about it. Frankly, I think it's just pushing off something for tomorrow what should be taken care of today. Nuclear power is
an excellent premise, but the safety of it is still so much in question -- I don't believe tampering with it any further, until elimination of waste
elements is figured out, is a grand idea.
While it's off topic (only slightly!), fusion is still in the works -- a fusion-based energy system would most likely be the premise of any "up and
coming" energy source. It makes the most 'sense' environmentally (if that's your MO), but is also quite efficient. The major thing called into
question is the attainment of high enough heat in order to proceed with it as a viable energy source.