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November 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Bury nuclear waste in Montana and North Dakota coal mines

A modest win-win proposal

Brian M. Rosenthal’s report about former Attorney General Rob McKenna’s lobbying gig on behalf of Montana and North Dakota coal interests raises several issues [On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional,” Online, Nov. 21].

It’s a modest win-win proposal that might help the coal dust, acid rain and diesel particulates go down a little easier on the Washington state end of the business and help avoid infringing on the rights of Montana and North Dakota citizens to mine and move their coal.

Right now attention is focused on the transport of coal from Montana and North Dakota to Washington. The problems are seen as tied to moving the coal. However, there is an opportunity that seems to go largely unnoticed — the return of empty coal cars to the mines. I suggest that each returning train have 10 to 15 cars hooked on, each carrying a load of nuclear waste from Hanford to be buried at the bottom of exhausted coal mines in Montana and North Dakota before mines are backfilled.

Let’s be sure that this opportunity is not overlooked. Include the “return trade” in nuclear waste, and the jobs and revenue streams it could generate, in the studies being conducted in connection with the development of the coal-export industry.

— Mike Graff, Kirkland

Comments | More in Environment | Topics: coal, environment, Hanford

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