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….sigh… I should be getting used to it by now, the Mesaba related Wabash River Technical Report isn’t there anymore, nor is the MISO study that says Mesaba electricity isn’t deliverable. (Thanks to Charlotte Neigh, who did a lot of digging and found the new location of that Wabash River Technical Report!) I’ve been chained to the computer researching the issues to address storage of nuclear for 200 years, beyond the 20 year license period. And I did manage to find the documents I was looking for, buried in the references for the Yucca Mountain EIS. GREAT! So go to the EIS References, download, and off they go to Judge Mihalchick… WRONG!

Here’s the first one:

101910 Poe, W.L., Jr. 1998. Long-Term Degradation of Concrete Facilities Presently Used for Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Waste. Revision 1. Las Vegas, Nevada: Jason Technologies. TIC: 244048.

Click on the “101910” and whaddya get?


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Oh, please, give me a break. Concrete degradation study is taken down, why, so that terrorists don’t know how long they have to wait until the concrete outer containers or bunkers fall apart? Or because then people like me might know that they’ll fall apart. This is SO absurd.

From the Transnuclear site

For Monticello, they’re planning on using “NUHOMS” casks (that is SO smarmy), which is a cask that’s put into a concrete bunker. As we all know from driving around Minnesota, concrete doesn’t last too long. So is this a good idea? And how do we evaluate it if the one study on the subject in dry cask storage is “disappeared?” I requested all four of the documents I need, but I imagine the black helicoptors will land out in the street and haul me off. Ain’t freedom grand…

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