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DOE Hosts Meeting on GNEP Program

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PASCO, Wash--  KNDU spoke with the vice president of Tridec, who says he doesn't expect many people to show up to Monday's D.O.E. meeting at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco.  The reason being in a matter of weeks, when President-elect Barack Obama replaces President Bush, the GNEP will undergo changes.

The GNEP program centers on the expansion and re-use of nuclear energy.  To put it simply, recycling used fuel.  Tridec tells KNDU we don't currently recycle nuclear fuel, and doing so would cut down our waste output.

It's not surprising the proposal for more nuclear energy in the Tri-Cities is under heavy criticism, but here's what is surprising: this is the first meeting in the Tri-Cities in over a year.  Some say, if it affects this area, why not meet here more often?

"Those most directly affected should have the most say, and you would think they would've selected the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, wherever that is," says Gary Petersen of Tridec.

The question then becomes what changes the program will undergo after January 20th when Obama takes office.  But for now, the D.O.E. is required to carry out business as usual until it's told otherwise.