I watched a special report on YouTube about the nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island in 1979.  While still early in the proliferation of nuclear power plants around America it was made clear in a post-accident review that plant managers were not trained to handle the kind of equipment failure which was 30 minutes from becoming the world’s first Chernobyl type nuclear power plant explosion.

A freak weather pattern caused an unprecedented snowfall in the Central Plains states this year.  Subsequent flooding in Nebraska  threatened the shut-down of the Cooper Nuclear Power Plant, which was surrounded by rising water from the Platte and Missouri Rivers.  Fortunately, hastily constructed dikes around the plant were able to protect this facility.  Man has no control over natural disasters like tsunami’s, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.  Nuclear Power plants require vast amounts of water and must be built next to rivers, lakes or on coastlines.  These locations are targets for natural disasters.

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Yucca Mountain transporation channels through Las Vegas


President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for 2020 calls for restarting licensing at the long-dormant Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.  With nuclear power comes nuclear waste and unfortunately if Yucca Mountain is not stopped, the nation’s radioactive waste is headed straight for Nevada.  On the map above Highway 95 would become I-11 north out of Las Vegas.

I can’t help but wonder if the route of Interstate I-11 is part of the plan to transport spent uranium rods from nuclear plants all over the country (in addition to the 99 new plants pending final approval by the current administration) to Yucca Mountain, which is part the Nevada Test Site, commonly referred to as Area 51 . . .  just two hours away from downtown Las Vegas.  Spent uranium rods can be transported by cask tanker trucks or shipped by rail.  Both modes of transportation go directly through Las Vegas.

When the uranium fuel is used up, usually after about 18 months, the spent rods are generally moved to deep pools of circulating water to cool down for about 10 years, though they remain dangerously radioactive for about 10,000 years.  Yes indeed Las Vegas residents, you are counting those zeros correctly TEN THOUSAND YEARS.


The link below is to website for a group fighting to keep Nevada from being turned into a nuclear waste dump.  It’s worth a subscription because they are a reliable watchdog endeavoring to protect our state.  The Federal government already strips millions of dollars from minerals in our western deserts and now they want to make contiguous areas to Las Vegas uninhabitable because of deadly levels of radiation.

In 2016, 944,000 ounces of gold were mined in Nevada, making our state the top gold producer in the United States and the 4th highest gold producer in the world.  Over 170.1 metric tons of gold and 276.4 metric tons of silver were mined out of Nevada.

  • The combined total of gold and silver for 2016 was $4,712,601.771 (billion). My question is—where did all this money go?  It doesn’t appear the State of Nevada got much, if any.  Where did the Feds spend almost $5 billion dollars?
  • The price of gold on 2/2/18 was $1,330 per Troy ounce. There are 32,150 ounces in a metric ton.  One metric ton is worth $42,855,972 (million).  1 metric ton of gold would be worth $4,589,874,700 (billion).

Below is a clip from the website published by the YuccaMountain.Org  news group.  It’s filled with facts, relevant articles and important upcoming legislation which will impact our state and particularly Las Vegas residents.

Yucca Mountain Website

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