Letter: Disappointed in Welch's response
In his statements last Saturday and his letter to me, Representative Welch has not clearly thought through his position on the nuclear waste issue. While none of us are overjoyed with leaving radioactive waste at the Vermont Yankee reactor, that does not translate to forcing the waste on an unwilling State like Nevada. Representative Welch supports HR 3053 which would reopen federal proceedings re. the proposed Yucca Mountain repository. His position, the same as the nuclear industry's, is that the federal government "should live up to its obligations." He is referring to the 1987 political, not scientific, decision by Congress to force Nevada to accept the nation's nuclear waste. When asked how Vermonters would feel if all the nation's waste were forced on Vermont, he sidesteps the matter. When asked if he feels the waste at Vermont Yankee is presently unsafe, he sidesteps the matter. I was thoroughly disappointed in his responses. A better position on the nuclear waste issue would be for the federal government to seek a willing partner for a safe disposal solution, as President Obama's Commission proposed. Our State has taken a leadership position on many issues. We need Representative Welch to have more spine and not simply parrot the nuclear industry's line.
Brattleboro, April 9
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