Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Those Who Repeat History Are Doomed to Be Bushes

The Los Angeles Times provides this story that they failed to headline "A Yucca, Yucca Burning Mountain":

The Department of Energy will not consider seeking a license for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada until investigations into possible falsification of water-safety surveys are complete, officials said Tuesday.


Nevada Republican Congressman Jim Gibbons said that the "culture of management" of the Energy Department and the USGS was one that "has gone forward from Day One with the idea that you can pound a square peg in a round hole, at any cost."

"We're seeing that today," said Gibbons. "The e-mails that we have before us, gentlemen, are not isolated incidents, but show what I feel is pressure from above to get a product out."

The e-mails included such statements as "If they need more proof, I'll be happy to make up more stuff" and "In the end I keep track of two sets of files, the ones that will keep [quality assurance] happy and the ones that were actually used."


Nevada officials told the committee that the data from the reports were instrumental in the approval of legislation, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2002, designating Yucca Mountain as the nation's sole site for nuclear waste.

Gee, where have we seen this pattern before? The scary part is, this time there are WMDs, or at least the materials to make them. Good thing no one could smuggle them into our country from Nevada.


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