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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo) EnergySolutions, Inc. has suffered another rating downgrade. Here, the mixed waste operations area of the EnergySolutions disposal site in Clive is pictured.
Editorial: EnergySolutions blended waste ruling makes no sense ...

- Leap of faith: Blended waste rule makes no sense - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

"‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first — verdict afterwards.’"

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Alice in Wonderland

Utah state regulators think it will take EnergySolutions a year to research, write and file a report on whether the company’s nuclear waste depository in Tooele County can safely handle a proposed influx of so-called blended waste from its processing plant in Tennessee.

Yet they aren’t waiting one day to allow the landfill to start receiving as much as 40,000 cubic feet of the stuff.

Maybe the Division of Radiation Control thinks that dealing with blended waste calls for some kind of blended approach. But this is just twisted. ...

... Under this arrangement, the state would find itself at a legal and practical disadvantage should it later decide that the flow should stop or that the waste should be removed.

This leap-of-faith approach makes no sense. The DRC should reconsider. Or Gov. Gary Herbert should overrule it.

- Utah's Disastrous -- and Duplicitous -- Blended Waste Decision - HEAL Utah

- What is SEMPRASAFE? - EnergySolutions

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