While Gov. LePage attempts to make it easier to build a new nuclear power plant in Maine, the radioactive spent fuel from the closed Maine Yankee plant sits festering in Wiscasset. Unless I missed something, the federal government’s promise to create a safe place for the nation’s spent fuel has never been realized.

The people of Maine, led by the investigative work of Maine activists, pressured Maine Yankee to meet safety standards, which, because of the expense of doing so, led to the owner’s decision to demolish the plant. Citizens – not state government nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – were willing and able to do this.

Now Gov. LePage wants to deny Maine people their right to decide if they want more nuclear power plants.

I say, until the radioactive nuclear waste that sits in our state is removed, Maine shouldn’t even begin to think about adding more.

Joan Grant

Portland