According to the NY Times, in a report entitled “Yucca Haunts Admin’s Lagging Efforts on Nuclear Waste Study Panel,” there have been big delays in getting together a “blue ribbon” panel to work on an alternative to the Yucca Mountain depository approach.

Naturally, the nuclear industry says that delays in dealing with the problem of nuclear wastes ought not delay plans to build more nuclear power plants. It seems that the law allows above-ground storage of the wastes on-site for up to 100 years, so why not forge ahead?

Why not, indeed? Because the half-life of many of the waste isotopes is on the order of thousands of years, that’s why not. What a legacy. Why make it worse?