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What does a really bad idea look like? It looks like the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposal to store 17,000 tons of mercury at the Idaho National Laboratory.
That would be the same INL located a few hundred feet above the Magic Valley’s water supply.
INL is one of seven sites in the running for long-term disposal of elemental mercury, which is used in manufacturing and mining. The others are the Grand Junction Disposal Site in Colorado; the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state; Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada; the Kansas City Plant in Missouri; the Savannah River site in South Carolina; and Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas. DOE already stores 1,200 tons of mercury at its Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.