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October 4, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Gubernatorial debate

Kudos to Gregoire on nuclear-waste issue

Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi attacks Gov. Christine Gregoire for not bending over backward to invite the French nuclear giant Areva to bring nuclear-waste reprocessing to Washington state [“Gregoire, Rossi clash on spending, health care,” Local News, Oct. 2].

If Rossi thinks Areva is great for Washington, maybe he should talk to the wine growers of Tricastin in the southern Rhone Valley. They are less than thrilled with the spill of 75 kilograms of untreated uranium solution last July and Areva’s molasses-slow pace alerting authorities that there was a problem.

Revelations of waste-management failures at Tricastin have shaken French complacency about nuclear power. France ordered residents downstream not to drink water from their wells and farmers not to irrigate their fields. Not the kind of image a wine region wants to cultivate.

Kudos to Gregoire for asking basic questions like, where would the radioactive waste from reprocessing go?

Some bandwagons aren’t worth jumping on.

— Helen Wheatley, Olympia

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