Ohio-based research and engineering firm Battelle is having a tough time convincing people to let them drill a hole. Folks in Pierce County, ND, and Spink County, SD, waved off Battelle’s effort to conduct the Deep Borehole Field Test earlier this year. Now working to secure a new Department of Energy contract to drill the five-kilometer hole and test technology for disposing of Cold War-era military nuclear waste, Battelle has backed away from Dale County, Alabama, due to public opposition (hat tip to Donald Pay!):
Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blankenship said Southern Company, which owned the property where the hole would have been drilled, and Battelle, which would have drilled the hole, have both backed out of the proposed project.
…Blankenship said public outcry doomed the project.
“There were two dirty words involved – nuclear waste and federal government,” Blankenship said. “Those are difficult to overcome.”
The Dale County Commission had previously signed a letter in support of the project [Jim Cook, “Nuclear Waste Test Hole Project in Dale County Appears Dead,” Dothan (AL) Eagle, 2016.11.01].
Oh well. We can just leave all that military nuclear waste, piled up by doing our patriotic duty to fight Nazis, Japanese imperialists, and godless Communists, lying around in temporary holding pens.
But if we keep going down this path where we assume our own government is not us but is out to get us, if we stay stuck in a weird reverse relativism where we assume every word our government says is false, we’re in deep trouble for forming practical solutions to public problems.