LOS ALAMOS – Energy Secretary Rick Perry, speaking at what he called “one of the most interesting sites in the world,” said the United States “no longer can continue to kick the can down the road” when it comes to cleaning up long-term radioactive and hazardous waste at the nation’s nuclear labs.
After getting a private tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory and speaking to its employees, Perry – who once vowed to eliminate the Department of Energy – was effusive in his praise of LANL and its sister DOE labs around the country.
“I suggest every country in the world would love to just have one like Los Alamos,” he told reporters.
But asked about cleanup of the labs’ decades of “legacy” waste, the former Texas governor and ex-presidential candidate said there are too many places where “lives and health of our citizens are in jeopardy, because the federal government has failed to respond appropriately by removing this waste in a timely way.”
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