Maybe Sandia Labs should advertise its cask tests (http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/~cz725/cask.htm). Imagine the cost of a natural-gas plant if its fuel and waste products were managed as safely as this.
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> From: Adam McLean [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday April 02, 2002 1:20 PM
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> Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] More on West Wing
> Posted in the Las Vegas Review Journal on April 2, 2002 and at:
> Subtle cry for donations? Or not so subtle...
> Lack of money cited in failure to air anti-Yucca ad
> Episode of 'West Wing' seen as opportunity to spread message
> By SEAN WHALEY
> REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU
> CARSON CITY -- A spokesman for Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said
> Monday that
> a lack of money is the driving factor that will keep Nevada from
> advertising its anti-Yucca Mountain message during a Wednesday episode
> of the television show "The West Wing."
> Nathan Naylor said it is the need for funding and not the short
> turnaround time that will make the airing of the episode a missed
> opportunity for the state's effort to halt the Yucca Mountain
> "There is no doubt this is a missed opportunity, but there will be
> others," he said.
> "Sen. Reid and Sen. (John) Ensign (R-Nev.) have brought together a
> top-notch team that knows how to turn an ad around rapidly," Naylor
> said. "What we're limited by is the resources."
> Bob Loux, executive director of the Agency for Nuclear
> Projects, said it
> was the short advance warning that contributed to his
> agency's decision
> not to advertise.
> "It happened so quickly it's hard for government to turn around and do
> something," he said.
> The Wednesday episode of the NBC drama will feature President Josiah
> "Jed" Bartlet and his staff confronting a crisis when they receive a
> report that a truck carrying uranium fuel rods has crashed in a tunnel
> in Idaho.
> Nevada officials fighting efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy to
> build a waste dump at Yucca Mountain said the episode on the popular
> television show is a good chance to publicize the dangers of
> transporting radioactive material, a major point being used
> by opponents
> to try to derail the project.
> About 12.5 million households watch the show.
> But as the fight against Yucca Mountain hits a critical stage
> with Gov.
> Kenny Guinn expected to veto the project in the next two
> weeks, the lack
> of money to mount a media campaign to fight the proposal is a
> significant concern.
> When Guinn vetoes the project, Congress will have 90
> legislative days to
> override it with a simple majority vote.
> The 2001 Nevada Legislature appropriated $4 million for a legal and
> media campaign to fight Yucca Mountain, but Reid and Ensign say an
> additional $10 million is needed.
> Naylor said it would cost about $400,000 to air an ad on the
> show, which
> would deplete most of the funds that are now available to
> garner public
> support against Yucca Mountain.
> A message could be sent for less by targeting key states
> instead of the
> entire country, he said.
> "But if we spent the little bit we have, then what would we do
> afterwards," Naylor said. "We have to be mindful of the rest of this
> About $1.7 million is left from the $4 million legislative
> for the Yucca Mountain fight. An additional $2 million in donations,
> including $1 million from Clark County, have been added to the fund.
> Guinn wanted to raise $4 million to $6 million more in
> private donations
> but so far private contributions have been modest.
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