Nevada Rep Mark Amodei says he might be open to bringing at least some nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. Amodei says he doesn't want a nuclear waste dump but has hinted that thinking of a way to move forward and keep federal money flowing to the project through things like reprocessing research shouldn't be discounted. We talk with Mark Amodei about his views on Yucca Mountain and if he will advocate to move the project forward.
Thank goodness for a NV respresentative that is thinking ahead, of the job potential, of the economic potential for the rural counties and diversification of the state's economy. It's been way too long for a common sense approach to the YMP discussion. Cheryl Beeman –Nov 17, 2011 14:54:58 PM
I can't believe we have a representative from our NV congressional delegation re-opening the issue of Yucca Mountain. The DOE's own environmental impact statement estimates that "with 108,000 shipments we can expect between 50 and 300 accidents."
We generate no nuclear waste, so why should we be processing or storing other state's nuclear waste, endangering hundreds of thousands of people along the transportation line. There is no model for a storage facility anywhere in the world, and there is a reason why. There is also a reason why reactor sites are near lots and lots of water. To consider even reprocessing here where we have no water (hello! It's a desert here) is mind boggling, not to mention the risks of radioactive waste.
There are traces of plutonium in the sediment of ground water in Beatty, Nevada, only 27 miles from Yucca. We forged ahead with above-ground nuclear tests and the land is still suffering from that legacy. Nevada is not a wasteland.Lisa Bailey –Nov 14, 2011 10:02:00 AM
I have never heard what is on "the other side of the equation" if Nevada would accept high level nuclear waste. We already accept several cargoes per year of low level waste. Why couldn't we negotiate a fee per millirem or whatever the unit of measurement of radiation is. That fee would be paid by every shipper. That fee would allow us to fund our schools at a world class level and perform other tasks that get us out of the "worst in the US status". We could build a reprocessing industry. The waste does NOT need to be stored for thousands of years. Just a couple of hundred. We will have solved the waste problem by then. Somebody might figured out how to make food out of it. An exaggeration of course, but not much of one.Michael Long –Nov 14, 2011 08:59:30 AM