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Nuclear Waste

February 15, 2001

* While "Nuclear Power May Rise Again" (Feb. 9) extols the virtues of recent advances in nuclear power safety, it completely ignores the most devastating condemnation of nuclear power--the disposal of high-level nuclear waste. A study performed several years ago by the Southern California Federation of Scientists concluded that the only morally responsible disposal technique not violating fundamental engineering principles would be storage in multi-barrier and retrievable containers for a period of 10,000 to 30,000 years.

Thus the building of any more nuclear power plants at this time would simply be downright irresponsible, let alone uneconomical, for the utilities.

SHELDON C. PLOTKIN PhD, PE

Los Angeles

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