Our Own Yucca Mountain

Roy Herron

In a campaign release yesterday, TN-08 Democratic candidate, Roy Herron, came out against turning the Milan Army Ammunition Plant into a nuclear waste storage facility.

From the release:

Herron, a candidate for Congress in Tennessee’s 8th District, said, “This is an outrage. Let’s not sell our souls for a handful of jobs and the official designation as a nuclear waste dump. This a bad deal for Tennessee.”

The federal government is investigating moving 550 jobs from the Milan Army Ammunition Plant to Iowa and converting the Milan facility to store nuclear waste.

“Just moving the manufacturing of munitions out of the Milan plant would cost us 550 jobs on day one,” Herron said. “Turning West Tennessee into a nuclear waste dump would be a generational black eye that over time will cost us thousands of jobs.”

Herron said he is the only 8th Congressional District candidate with the experience to be effective in fighting the nuclear waste dump.

“This issue is too important to trust to untested, untried, unproven novices who don’t understand the legislative process,” Herron said. “As a citizen legislator, I know how to fight the kind of extended legislative battle required to stop this disastrous proposal. I have prepared myself to fight this battle for my neighbors and our neighborhoods.”

As we explore ways to meet out energy needs without the use of fossil fuels, this is going to come up more and more. Energy independence is an issue that crosses party lines, but in looking at the possibility of expanding the use of Nuclear, no one wants a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in their backyard.

I can’t say I blame them.

2 comments for “Our Own Yucca Mountain

  1. Nicolle
    June 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Isn’t there some sort of law against nuclear storage facilities in earthquake zones??? If not, there ought to be.

  2. June 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Very good point!

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