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Nevada (Aug 28) – House Minority Leader John Boehner recently indicated that the closing of the well-known and ill-conceived Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository could make its way back into the political limelight. Boehner favors the use of Yucca Mountain, in the State of Nevada, and should the GOP gain a major foothold on Capitol Hill in November, Nevada citizens need to heed the warning that a push to restore the withdrawn licence for Yucca Mountain storage will once again become a political agenda issue.
Stating that for the past 20 years most Republicans have supported Yucca Mountain, Boehner’s statement should be a warning siren to all Nevada citizens, as well as all Americans whose towns, farms, and rural homes stand in the path of bringing such volatile material to Nevada. Nuclear waste will not arrive by magic after all; it will need to be transported via roadway and railway.
As further evidence, Senator John McCain, during the 2008 Presidential race, continued to hold firm to his idea that Yucca Mountain should be used for storing nuclear waste; this despite the scientific communities evidence that the entire idea was a disaster just waiting to happen should it be allowed to open.
In stark contrast, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), along with many others including Nevada residents, played an important role to safeguard not only Nevada, but the United States. Reid worked tirelessly to persuade the current administration that storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, would be dangerous not only for Nevadans, but that the transporting of nuclear waste across the country poses real threats. Senator Reid was able to close the can of worms opened during the Bush era and obtain Nevadans, and all Americans, a stay of execution for this unwanted hazard.
As little as six months ago, Representative Shelley Berkley also spoke on the House floor regarding the “screw Nevada bill”. In addition to clear political-bias – three states were chosen with two quickly eliminated from the list – Berkley addresses all the key points as to why Yucca Mountain cannot be allowed to exist:
Until recently, most of Nevada, including its politicians, have been united against the Yucca Mountain project. Yet there are indicators that the GOP are willing to go against public opinion and reopen the project Nevadans fought long and hard to halt.
Burying 77,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste, while “ignoring scientific evidence” indicating just how dangerous burying toxic waste in a region known for its seismic activity really is, was an issue most Nevadans and citizens affected along transportation lines had thought was long dead.
During the Bush Administration, GOP congressional leaders, looked to, and continue to count on, the nuclear power industry for financial backing. With Boehner’s very recent remarks, it is clear Yucca Mountain will not remain dead should Republicans dominate in the upcoming November elections. Sharron Angle also believes in recycling nuclear waste. In their minds, and the minds of a large majority of Republicans, Yucca Mountain Repository is that place.
Thus a word of caution to all Americans: A vote for any Republican in November translates to a vote to let the lion back out of its cage endangering the lives of millions. For those who do not live in Nevada, your life, too, is potentially at risk during transport. This is not just a Nevada issue.
Yucca Mountain was a poorly-conceived idea way back when, and continues to be a scientifically-proven unsound idea to this day. It needs to remain a not-for-consideration issue forever.
By: T. Cahill – WorldNewsVine