Originally created 05/13/02

Hodges playing election politics

Let's hear it again for the uninformed. Joe Nirenberg's May 3 letter is concerned that Savannah River Site will become the nation's dumping ground for nuclear waste.

The shipments in question are weapons-grade plutonium to be processed for use in commercial reactors. This is not at all about nuclear safety in Mr. Hodge's mind. He has the issue right where he wants it to stay.

The environmentalists/anti-nukers are backing the governor 100 percent as well as the fearful, uninformed public. He even has SRS people backing him, thinking he will assure them of getting a MOX plant built.

If Mr. Hodges reaches an agreement to ship the material, he will immediately lose the environmentalists' support during this election year.

If he succeeds in permanently blocking the shipments, he loses support of the counties surrounding SRS and millions in tax revenues. So, he will keep delaying the process until the election is over. Then we will see his true colors on this issue.

Tom Nicodemus, Aiken, S.C.

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