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DEEP GEOLOGIC DISPOSAL: With Translations of DOE-Speak

From: NEN, Vol. 6, No. 4, Aug. 1998, p. 7.
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Here are some excerpts from a presentation made by a DOE spokesman on May 13, 1998 with NEN translations:

1. "Continuing endorsement of the international consensus on geologic disposition of nuclear materials sets an example for the high standards of environmental protection and nuclear safeguards that the U.S. seeks worldwide." Translation: Other countries are pleased to bring their nuclear waste and let us store it.

2. It [assessment of Yucca Mountain] is the next step in a careful process which will provide a better understanding of the likelihood of sucess for safe nuclear materials disposition at Yucca Mountain ..." Translation: Nevada is the state with the least political clout and will be unlikely to prevent DOE from storing their waste in Nevada.

3. "...I cannot do justice to the sheer breadth of the accomplishments that we have made at the site." Translation: We have run into a lot of unexpected problems that we will have to minimize for this site to be acceptable.

4. "...the Department remains committed to addressing any problems caused by the delay... The contracts [with nuclear power utilities] provide for adjusting utility fees to reflect any additional costs caused by the Department's delay." Translation: The Department has failed in carrying out its mission; however, the consumers will pay for this failure in higher utility costs.

5. "...testing viability of geologic nuclear materials disposition... whether this Nation will ultimately settle on endless debate as the easier route. This nations's actions will be watched by much of the world..." Translation: DOE's failure is not our [the DOE bureaucrats] fault but the fault of the people who complain about DOE's failures.

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Sep. 8, 1998.