Kirk: Get Nuclear Waste Away From Lake Michigan

WASHINGTON (WBBM) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) says the nation needs a permanent nuclear fuel waste storage system, but not near Lake Michigan, as is currently the case with the spent fuel pool in far north suburban Zion.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, nuclear waste is currently stored at a facility in Zion, described as aging and no longer in operation.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

“Clearly, any politician that says we should not build Yucca is for keeping nuclear waste right next to Lake Michigan,” Kirk said. “I think that’s irresponsible.”

Kirk is talking about Yucca Mountain located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It has been the proposed location for spent nuclear reactor fuel.

Kirk says he and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are “pro-Yucca Mountain” after the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

But the “not in my backyard” opposition from Nevada residents has delayed delivery of the spent reactor fuel by more than a decade.

  • Jim

    Do they really think that we are going to have a tsunami on Lake Michigan? People need to stop jumping the gun and actually base their decisions on facts and data.

  • Tom

    Jim-They didn’t have a Tasunami at Three Mile Island or Chernoby. And given the choice, would you rather have a nuclear facility near a Great Lake, which is, oh, about 40 miles north of Chicago and an urban area of 25 million people, or just maybe, would you rather have it in the absolute middle of no where where there is absolutely nothing there.

  • southside

    Yucca Mountain would have been open by now, but Barack needed Harry Reid so bad to cram healthcare on us that he let Harry Reid block this project in return for his “leadership” on the various socialist agenda items of tha past two years. Thank you Mr. President.

    • LOTD

      Thank you for also seeing the truth!!!!

  • bob

    Has anyone noticed that Sen. Kirk is suddenly issuing comments on just about every issue that he can think of…I’m beginning to experience “Kirk-overload”…I suppose this is simply politics and a strategy to work the brand and position for the next Senatorial election…5 years hence!

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