Utahns are only a generation removed from going along patriotically with nuclear testing in Southern Utah and as legions of down-winders can attest, “objectivity” was the last thing on anyone’s mind when the reality of exposure to nuclear fall-out rained down on our state.
It is a time-worn lesson taught by parents the world over; you mess it up, you clean it up and if Italy and other foreign powers are unable (or unwilling) to clean-up their own nuclear waste, it should not be the responsibility of the good people of Utah to provide the garbage receptacle.
No amount of tax income should sweeten the deal to bring in foreign waste to our west desert. The environment and health of the citizens of the state should be more important than any deal offered by EnergySolutions.
Gov. Jon Huntsman knew this. Rep. Jim Matheson knows this, and Gov. Gary Herbert should take a page from their book. Ignore Rep. Rob Bishop. His opinion is bought and paid for with dollars from EnergySolutions.
Sen. Killpack opines that the state may be at a disadvantage when it comes to a legal fight to block the waste from coming to Utah. Interestingly, futile legal battles don’t seem to bother state lawmakers when they pass anti-abortion and immigration bills that have no basis in the constitution.
The Republicans have always claimed, “To heck with the courts – let’s send a message even if it costs us millions of dollars in legal fees.” Now, however, Sen. Killpack shows grave consternation over our wrangling in the legal system.
If Utah is so desperate for an infusion into our tax coffers maybe it is time to look at a lottery. Thousands of down-winders will vouch that the “moral dangers” of such a lottery are more appealing than the fall-out from any type of nuclear waste.
Raised in Davis County, Brandvold is employed in the financial industry — and proud to be a Utah Democrat.