Full article in the Boston Globe; linked from Fark.
:: 2.19.2004 ::
Nuclear expert tells AP Yucca Mt. unsafe
By Scott Sonner, Associated Press Writer, 2/18/2004
RENO, Nev. -- The nation's nuclear waste dump proposed for Nevada is poorly designed and could leak highly radioactive waste, a scientist who recently resigned from a federal panel of experts on Yucca Mountain told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Paul Craig, a physicist and engineering professor at the University of California-Davis, said he quit the panel last month so he could speak more freely about the waste dump's dangers.
The 11-member technical review board outlined its concerns about the potential for corrosion in a report to the Energy Department in November about the metal for the canisters, called Alloy-22 -- "an upscale version of stainless steal," Craig said.
It was the most important report the board has produced since Congress created the panel in 1987, he said, but largely has been ignored by Congress and the [Energy Department].
"The report says in ordinary English that under the conditions proposed by the Department of Energy, the canisters will leak," Craig said. "It was signed by every single member of the board so there would be no confusion."
And in related news... the Union of Concerned Scientists contends that "President Bush's administration distorts scientific findings and seeks to manipulate experts' advice to avoid information that runs counter to its political beliefs."
Among the examples cited in the union's report:
From FoxNews, c/o Fark again.
-- a 2003 report that the administration sought changes in an Environmental Protection Agency climate study, including deletion of a 1,000-year temperature record and removal of reference to a study that attributed some of global warming to human activity.
-- a delay in an EPA report on mercury pollution from some power plants.
-- a charge that the administration pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to end a project called "Programs that Work," which found sex education programs that did not insist only on abstinence were still effective.
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