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Community Members Gather in Pasco to Discuss DOE's GNEP Program

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PASCO, Wash.-- Community members and workers from different energy companies gathered at the Department of Energy's public hearing Monday night.

They discussed the GNEP, or Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, and the PEIS, or Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.  The program is about reusing and recycling nuclear energy, and is intended to support a safe and secure expansion of our nuclear energy programs. 

Gary Pollet, the director of Heart of America Northwest, doesn't think it's such a good idea.   He explains, "It doesn't make sense to say we're going to embark on making vast quantities of the same deadly liquid, high level nuclear waste to put in tanks somewhere where we don't know what we'll do with it."

However, Richard Stout, who has worked in the nuclear industry for 40 years, says, "I am very much in favor of recycling fuel to get more energy out of our resources."

There was so much community interest here because of Hanford, which is a potential site where the DOE would re-process the spent nuclear fuel.

The GNEP program could change when Barack Obama becomes president January 20th, but for now, the DOE is sticking to its current plan.