Cleaning Up From Nuclear Mistakes

President Barack Obama’s administration seems to have billions of dollars to throw away on unrealistic “alternative energy” subsidies – but not enough to clean up dangerous mistakes from the last foolhardy attempt to find an energy panacea.

Nuclear power once was proclaimed as the answer to America’s energy needs for centuries. What it has produced, instead, are radioactively contaminated sites throughout the United States.

One of them is at Piketon, Ohio. A plant there stopped producing enriched uranium in 2001. Cleanup work has been underway for years.

But a shortfall in federal funding means 600 cleanup workers may have to be laid off – and the project delayed. Again, Obama’s Department of Energy seems to have lots of cash at its disposal. It should get its priorities in order and ensure the Piketon cleanup project is funded adequately.