From the Desk of ... Big Nuke

Tracing the daisy chain of nuclear PR recycling


Garbage Out, Garbage In

"The fact that the best scientists and engineers ... believe that the [Boyd County, Neb.] low-level radioactive waste facility will be among the safest and best-engineered waste facilities of any type in the country ..." – Dr. Samuel H. Mehr, Omaha World-Herald, Nov. 4, 1990

"[T]he best scientists and engineers ... believe [a proposed Pennsylvania facility] would be among the safest and best-engineered waste facilities of any type in the country." – Anthony Baratta, The Harrisburg Patriot, Nov. 12, 1992

"The design of the Wake County [N.C.] facility is such that it would be among the safest and best engineered of any waste disposal facility in the country if constructed using the current plans." – Charles M. Harman, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.), April 10, 1994

"The planned Sierra Blanca [Texas] facility will be among the safest and best-engineered waste facilities in the country." – Dale E. Klein, Austin American-Statesman, June 29, 1996


Hardy Decennial

"In fact, the ... budget for fiscal year 1994 is meager at best. The best way to correct this is to move spending for the waste program out of the regular budget process so that work at Yucca Mountain can be accelerated despite the budget deficit. ...

"The government should get on with it." – Edgar Berkey, The Buffalo News, July 26, 1993

"In fact, the ... budget for fiscal year 2004 is jeopardizing the success of the entire program. ... The best way to correct this is to move spending for the waste program out of the regular budget process, so that work on Yucca Mountain can be accelerated despite ... the overall budget deficit. ...

"The government should get on with it." – Abdel E. Bayoumi, The State (Columbia, S.C.), Dec. 9, 2003


The 'Capacity'/'Capability' Numbers Are Off, but Who's Counting?

"What's more, the median capacity factor – a measure of reliability at nuclear plants – has shown a steady, marked improvement and reached an impressive 84 percent in 1997, compared with 70 percent in 1989." – Anthony Baratta, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 10, 1999

"The median capability factor – a measure of reliability at nuclear plants – has shown a steady marked improvement and reached an impressive 84 percent in 1998 compared to 70 percent in 1997." – Sheldon Landsberger, Houston Business Journal, April 2, 1999

"What's more, the median capability factor – a measure of reliability at nuclear plants – has shown a steady, marked improvement and reached an impressive 87 percent in 1998, compared with 70 percent in 1989." – Barclay G. Jones, Chicago Sun-Times, July 10, 1999


One Man's Dream ...

"Some environmentalists assert that emissions can be reduced by such large amounts quite cheaply. They are dreaming." – Henry S. Rowen and John P. Weyant, The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2, 1997

"Some environmentalists ... assert that greenhouse emissions can be reduced by large amounts without requiring nuclear power. They are dreaming." – Benjamin Stevenson, The Record (Northern N.J.), Jan. 5, 1998

"Some skeptics ... insist that greenhouse-gas emissions can be significantly reduced without nuclear power. They are dreaming." – Sheldon Landsberger, The Dallas Morning News, April 5, 1999

"Plagiarism is every editor's nightmare." – John J. Zakarian, editorial page editor, Hartford Courant, March 9, 2004 – William M. Adler. Source: LexisNexis and Factiva databases

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