President Obama's plan isn't a certain deathblow for the West's oldest facilities. That's partly because a number of those units are already slated for closure.
The public is being kept in the dark about which states have applied for the lucrative grants, and what their actual track records are when it comes to preventing fraud and misuse.
Sandra Cuffe is a freelance journalist reporting on indigenous land and resource struggles, militarization and human rights issues in Canada and Central America. Follow her on Twitter @Sandra_Cuffe.