An Unwelcome Christmas Present

The Feds select possible nuclear-waste sites in three states

Arbitrary, capricious, uncaring and unreasonable," fumed Governor Mark White of Texas. "Before the people of Deaf Smith County glow in the dark, sparks will fly." Said Booth Gardner, the incoming Governor of Washington: "I am worried about earthquakes and ground-water contamination." Declared Nevada's Governor Richard Bryan: "Nevada has already done its share in the nuclear arena."

The Governors' ire was directed at an unwelcome Christmas gift from the Federal Government. After a two-year study, the three states were selected last week by the Department of Energy as the most promising places in which...

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