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Opinion

January 17, 2014

Problem of spent, hot fuel rods remains

(Continued)

As your former state senator, I stand proudly shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike and Katy in calling for an immediate shutdown. Yes, many know I demonstrated against the plant decades ago.

It sickens me that the question I posed back then is just as relevant and impossible to achieve today.

What are we going to do with the high-level radioactive spent fuel rods? Decades later, he federal government has not yet found a national nuclear waste repository … no one wants such materials in their backyard.

In the meantime, the spent, hot fuel rods are piling up beneath the plant site in cooling pools.

The big question remains: When the plant is finally decommissioned and we are left with hot, spent fuel rods that need to be guarded and kept cool for 2,000-plus years, who will pay for the expense and who will be responsible for their safe storage in the long years ahead?

Thanks to Katy and Mike and all who took the time to testify at a highly busy time — a week before Christmas.

Thanks for their courage and foresight in times when many do not look ahead and have stunted vision when it comes to this most serious problem facing all who treasure the beauty of this area where we have chosen to live our lives and run our businesses.

Let’s all hope for a happy and Seabrook plant-free New Year.

Former STATE Sen. Nicholas J. Costello

Amesbury

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