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Utah Senator Bob Bennett has finally seen the light.

Whether for genuine scientific reasons or political reality, he has joined the chorus of Utah and Nevada political leaders who realize it is best to keep the nation’s nuclear waste where it is right now, until a coherent energy policy is formulated to deal with the stuff.

It is the same position the KSL Editorial Board adopted several years ago after initially supporting the Yucca Mountain plan.

As Senator Bennett said in a speech on the Senate floor last week, “it doesn’t make sense . . . to move the material all across the country to store it in Yucca Mountain for the purposes of ending storage in place, and then have storage in place come back.”

And, we add, it doesn’t make sense to establish a so-called temporary storage site in Utah’s Skull Valley while the nation’s nuclear waste policy is so disturbingly uncertain.

Now is time for Senator Orrin Hatch to see the light, as well. It is time he join Senator Bennett and their colleagues from Nevada in aggressively opposing Yucca Mountain, along with Skull Valley. And it is time they work together to convince Congress and the Administration to get busy and find a realistic long-term solution to the nation’s nuclear waste conundrum.

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