On June 24th, 2022 the ECC Nuclear Energy Ad-Hoc committee delivered a report on the safety, necessity and status of waste disposal of nuclear power. Their conclusions are:
Nuclear power is the only large-scale energy producing technology that takes full responsibility
for the waste it produces and factors managing its waste into the cost of the energy produced.
Contrary to public perception, nuclear waste is neither particularly hazardous nor hard to manage
relative to other toxic industrial waste. The safety profile for waste management for nuclear
spent fuel is well documented and exemplary. How to manage it is well understood. However,
decisions about how to manage spent fuel have been politically influenced. The scientists know
what to do with it.
While their report does not represent an official position of the Environment and Climate Caucus of the Washington State Democratic Party, we encourage all of our members to read it carefully. The report is subject to ongoing revision, but we will publish the most recent version here together with relevant supporting documentation as well as any future minority reports.