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Toxic Waste of Energy

April 13, 2002

Kudos to Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn for refusing to submit to President Bush's recommendation that Yucca Mountain become the repository of the nation's toxic nuclear waste ("Nevada Governor Vetoes Nuclear Waste Dump Site," April 9).

This is a much larger question than using Yucca Mountain as a toxic waste dump; it behooves us to think critically about the folly of creating nuclear waste in the first place.

Why are we investing our tax dollars in nuclear energy when no one in his or her right mind is willing to store the noxious stuff? This should clearly point our nation away from nuclear power as a viable source of electricity and in the direction of clean, renewable energies that pose no risks to public health.

Julia Dashe

San Diego

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