Thursday, November 30, 2006

Keep Jean Schmidt Away from the House Microphone

With the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives coming this January, hopefully the Democrats will keep Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt away from the microphone.

Meanwhile, it looks like Jean Schmidt may get her wish about having nuclear waste in her home district. The following excerpts are from an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The designation means each site, including the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, Ohio, and the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Ky., will receive part of $16 million in grants the U.S. government has set aside to study site feasibility.

The proposed advanced nuclear fuel recycling facility would bring jobs to the Pike County area but is opposed by residents led by the Southern Ohio Neighbors Group who fear it would become a nuclear dump....

...Schmidt, a Miami Township Republican who won a difficult re-election for her seat earlier this week after remaining ballots were counted, praised the announcement.

"This is just a first step in a long and thorough evaluation process," Schmidt said in a statement, calling it a "win for Piketon."

"The study money will go a long way toward future economic development opportunities and may bring thousands of jobs to the area," Schmidt said.

The sites - from Atomic City, Idaho, and Hanford, Wash., to Savannah River National Laboratory, S.C., and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tenn., were chosen from among 14 applicants.

Those people who voted for Schmidt will be able to thank her when they get radiation exposure, their property values go down, and their children are exposed to toxins.