2012 06 11 (NYT)>
By MATTHEW L. WALD
first time, a geologist has been chosen to serve on the Nuclear Regulatory
2009 06 13
Demand and Repository
Opportunity (requiring further study)
map of North America, the line 100°
west of the Prime Meridian spans from latitude 25° north to 50°. It divides the US into Western and Eastern, across the sparsely
populated plains. The orange circle around the bridge at
Cincinnati has radius 800
miles. The projection is CONUS Equidistant Conic, centered at the
Brent Spence Bridge.
Each yellow dot represents
1000 people within a locality, against a dark background for contrast. The transparency of this
dark glass over each state is inversely proportional to its population.
The Metropolitan Statistical Areas are colored more deeply as population increases
(US red, Canada green). An 800 mile radius around no other US city includes more
people! 60% of the N.Am. pop!
This map represents where
people live; and where people live is where energy
According the NIMBY
principle, where people do not live is the popular choice for unwanted
waste and other objections to healthy living.
2008 12 09 Report by US Sec Energy is the call for a Second Repository for
the Nation's spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste:
The report was submitted in
accordance with section 161 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of
1982, as amended (NWPA). Section 161 requires the Secretary to
report to the President and to Congress on or after January 1,
2007, but not later than January 1, 2010, on the need for a
second repository for the Nation’s spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and
high-level radioactive waste (HLW).
The NWPA establishes a process
for the siting, construction and operation of one or more
national repositories for permanent disposal of the Nation’s SNF
and HLW. In 1987, after the Department of Energy (DOE) had
conducted studies of nine potential repository sites located
throughout the United States, Congress amended the NWPA and
selected the Yucca Mountain site in Nye County, Nevada as the
only site for further study for the first national repository.
In 1987, Congress also terminated all second repository program
It is time to re-consider the 1987 conclusion.
above more recent note 2010 05 11) If
most of the demand for energy is in Eastern North America, it seems prudent to
find a site within that region to minimize travel to the required Repository.
Thus, Kentucky has an opportunity to serve the Nation by the bold initiative to
host the Second Repository in conjunction with innovation of nuclear-coal
The Kentucky Geological Survey is well-equipped to lead
the nation in utilizing our knowledge of the underground
in support of its use:
1. extracting energy
2. supporting nuclear-coal cogeneration
3. sequestering carbon
4. providing the repository for nuclear waste
from an unparalleled vantage point central to the most
populous region of North America, within a smaller region of sparse population.
The attendant requirement to minimize the impact upon those precious lives
within said sparse region is presumably a challenge that can be accomplished.