Can it be wonderfully true? Nuclear plant construction got suspended before and came back to haunt us.
Consider this recent POST from the Tri-City Herald in eastern Washington. Cleaning up the Hanford site is projected to cost only 12 billion, down 3 billion from last year’s projections. At least most of the waste was kept at the site. What is it going to cost to deactivate and clean up other aging reactors and their dump sites?
Click on the map below, taken from the NRC website. It indicates 104 operating power plants. Even if it only costs 10 billion a piece to clean them up in today’s money, it’s still more than pocket change- and that doesn’t even include the dump sites.
I can’t think of a worse way to saddle a small state with future woes, like say Yucca Mountain, unless it’s fracking.