Fear for your lives

 Just 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, with a metropolitan population of over 2 million, Yucca Mountain was singled out in 1982 as the prime location for a nationwide nuclear dump site.  The Nevada section of I-11, which runs through Las Vegas was opened in August.  This freeway, when completed, will be a major north/south interstate artery from Mexico to Canada.  Nevada lobbied hard for federal funds to expedite construction of I-11 from Hoover Dam through downtown Las Vegas.  The Google link below maps the route the new interstate highway will take through our city.  Is it beyond the realm of coincidence that this section of I-11, including a new bridge over the dam, creates a dream route for 18-wheel trucks—one crucial mode of transportation for radio-active waste to Yucca Mountain?  Many newcomers to the area don’t know a major railroad line also travels through the heart of Las Vegas.  Those of us who’ve been here for years remember the delays on major east/west streets as long trains stopped traffic through the area.


Yucca Mountain is NOT dead

Under President Donald Trump, the DOE has ceased deep borehole and other non-Yucca Mountain waste disposition research activities.  BUT– for FY18, DOE requested $120 million and the NRC $30 million from Congress to continue licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain Repository. For FY19, DOE has again requested $120 million but the NRC increased their request to $47.7 million.  I guess they need this amount to make certain well-placed friends get licensed to work on a $100 BILLLION project.


What this means to metropolitan Las Vegas

 Trucks and trains loaded with deadly radio-active material will be traveling through Las Vegas from all over the United States.  One tractor trailer rig overturning on I-11 in downtown Las Vegas would have serious radiation fallout consequences, a subject the federal government has been hell bent to ignore since the first above ground atomic bomb test in Nevada in 1951.


Read the LA Times article in the link below.

“The bumpy road to Yucca Mountain began with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, a 1982 law that called for the establishment of two nuclear waste dumps, one in the eastern U.S., one in the West. But in 1987, Congress directed the Energy Department to put a single dump in Nevada, ending what was supposed to be a process of scientific evaluation. The state quickly branded the legislation “The Screw Nevada Act.” LA Times.

With the increasing demand for energy, the nuclear plants continue to be built even though no acceptable solution has been found to dispose of rods whose efficiency is spent for nuclear power plants, but which are still dangerously radio-active.  A transportation accident would have the same effect as the melt downs at Fukushima and Chernobyl.  The Federal Government continues to consider Nevada a good for nothing barren wasteland.  Our government is content to plunder Nevada’s minerals, while polluting our aquifer, ground water and soil with toxic nuclear waste from the rest of the country.

Nevadans need to stand up and be counted on to refuse a Nuclear Depository in our back-yard.  No other states offered to have a radio-active dump site threaten their constituents, why should we?  Nevada Lives Matter too!  We shouldn’t have to accept a dump site when the most radio-active area in the US is already in our backyard at the Test Site, where 928 atomic bombs were exploded above and below ground from 1951 to 1992.  Of the total atomic bombs detonated at the test site 828 were underground.  Some of them were deliberately exploded directly in the largest aquifer in the country, rendering it unusable for humans and animals.  That vast reservoir of water could have solved all the water problems in the entire Southwestern United States.