Dr. James Conca Co-Authors Editorial on Nuclear Waste Disposal in Tri-City Herald

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  • 11:09AM May 06, 2012
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In an editorial in the Tri-City Herald, a daily newspaper serving communities in southeast Washington State, Dr. James Conca, Director of RJ Lee Group’s Center for Laboratory Sciences in Pasco, WA, along with co-author Dr. Judith Wright, addresses issues regarding nuclear waste disposal.  The authors discuss a bill produced by the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee that addresses one of the three recommendations made in January by the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.  The bill authorizes “the secretary of energy to site, construct and operate consolidated storage facilities to provide storage as needed for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.”  The authors assert that the bill “breaks the nuclear logjam” by mandating speedy action by the Department of Energy to build such storage facilities by consensus.  They argue that, “if administered correctly,” there should be no need for additional taxes or rate hikes to support the program.  Dr. Conca and Dr. Wright conclude that “this is a states rights issue,” and that the states most affected must first reach consensus to move forward.