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  1. “eight sectors in the energy portfolio”
    It’s unclear to me what eight sectors Hoffman was talking about. What did he mean?

    1. @Jim Baerg

      I checked with Mr. Hoffman. He confirmed my guess that he was referring to coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear and biomass.

  2. Thanks Rod for this excellent interview and thank you Mr. Hoffman for the glimpse of the road to come, though it will be difficult. Your expressive and detailed commentary is a gem to counter those brief over-edited nuclear news bites.

    I am sorry to hear that Yucca is bound with debt and politics. I believe I have a solution in hand. Please indulge as I list some desirable criteria. Since secure transport is expensive it would be best sited towards the East Cost to be equidistant to most operating nuclear plants; it would be helpful if it were an economically depressed area so its residents might benefit as costs begin to shift from in-plant storage; it should have many below ground Cold War facilities already built that could be easily tasked for cask storage; it should have well developed rail and highway infrastructure; due to massive oversight by the Federal Government it would be desirable for NRC and other personnel to have a short commute; emphasis must be on safe attainable storage rather than anything deeply subterranean or a place that may become inaccessible due to a single point of failure, to further the paradigm that it is merely unburnt fuel that is being stored; openness and access to the site(s) by members of Congress is highly desirable that they should become involved in this work in process; every member of Congress and the President must be encouraged to work together to see this material mitigated or recycled, with progress during every term; BUT ABOVE ALL, there should be a way to completely avoid entanglement with State legislatures such as that which impedes the opening of Yucca Mountain.

    THEREFORE, the clear and obvious choice for gathering and storing spent nuclear fuel is WASHINGTON, D.C. This district is unique in the United States in that there is no State legislature beholden to the special interests of the most vociferous opponents of nuclear energy, as D.C. is under the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress. Once Congress achieves consensus it’s a done deal. What better bed fellows could there ever be, than a Federal Government delighting in oversight and something of inestimable value that begs to be overseen?

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