Yucca Waste, Con't
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Regarding the letter from Nevada Attorney General Brian Sandoval on the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository (Wednesday), here are a few observations.
In 1982, Congress addressed the issue of nuclear-waste disposal and began the process of developing a national solution, the determination of which was that the waste should be buried in a repository at a selected, suitable site. Initially, three sites were examined, and in 1987, Yucca Mountain in Nevada was selected as the site to be used. Understandably, Nevada was opposed to this selection.
Consequently, over the years, officials from Nevada have tried to throw roadblocks in the way of the Yucca Mountain program through litigation, legislation, lobbying, etc. All of these efforts have been to no avail, as the program has continued forward through four presidents and 11 Congresses.
Unfortunately, probably from frustration, officials from Nevada have resorted to inflammatory rhetoric, scare tactics and demagoguery in expressing their continuing opposition to the site. Mr. Sandoval's remark that a leak would "kill only Nevadans" is a typical example. …