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EIS PUBLIC HEARING ALERT

The U.S. Department of Energy will be releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository on or about July 30, 1999. As required by law, DOE plans to hold a series of public hearings in cities/communities within Nevada and around the country. Cities/communities and dates for these hearings are as follows (as of the publication of this alert, specific addresses and times for the hearings are not available from DOE):


DATE LOCATION ADDRESS TIMES
August 31, 1999 Pahrump, Nevada Bob Run Community Center
150 N. Highway 160
Pahrump, Nevada 89048
10:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 2, 1999 Goldfield, Nevada Goldfield Community Center
403 Crook Street
Goldfield, Nevada 89013
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 7, 1999 Caliente, Nevada Caliente Youth Center
U.S. Highway 93 North
Caliente, Nevada 89008
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 9, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada Grant Sawyer State Building
555 E. Washington Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
10:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 14, 1999 Washington, DC To be determined 10:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 16, 1999 Atlanta, Georgia Georgia International Conference Center
1902 Sullivan Road
College Park, Georgia 30337
10:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 21, 1999 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89557
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 22, 1999 Austin, Nevada Austin Town Hall
137 Court Street
Austin, Nevada 89310
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 23, 1999 Crescent Valley, Nevada Crescent Valley Town Hall
5045 Tenabo Avenue
Crescent Valley, NV 89821
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 28, 1999 Denver, Colorado Denver Convention Complex
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
September 30, 1999 Boise, Idaho Boise Center on the Grove
850 Front Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
10:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
October 5, 1999 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Lake City Hilton Hotel
150 West 500 North
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
12:00noon - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
October 7, 1999
Amargosa Valley, Nevada Amargosa Valley Community Center
821 East Farm Road
Amargosa Valley, NV 89020
10:00am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Individuals and groups concerned about the Yucca Mountain project and about the unprecedented national spent fuel and high-level waste shipping campaign required to implement it should attend these hearings and make comments for the record..

If past history is any indication, DOE can be expected to pursue a minimalist approach towards promoting public participation in these meetings. In 1995, DOE held a series of scoping hearings to kick off the Yucca Mountain EIS process. In that instance, DOE intentionally (and successfully) sought to suppress public interest and participation in the scoping meetings by failing to adequately publicize the hearings and omitting from meeting notices any references to transportation routes and potential impacts of the project on communities located along nuclear waste shipping corridors.

DOE's decision to hold only five hearings on the draft EIS cities outside Nevada signals a continuation of strategy to obfuscate the truly national scope of the federal spent fuel and high-level waste program and the impacts the program will have on hundreds if not thousands of communities around the country. Analysis of the highway and rail routes that would be used to ship spent fuel and highly radioactive wastes from reactor locations around the country to a Yucca Mountain repository shows that 43 states will be significantly impacted. Within those states, 109 cities with populations over 100,000 will be affected along with thousands of smaller communities.

Maps showing nuclear waste transportation routes and how they impact various states and communities can be viewed on the State of Nevada's web page at http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/yucca/travel.htm . You can access your state by clicking on the link for the national map and then selecting the individual state you wish to see.

Within Nevada, DOE plans to conduct eight hearings in locations dictated by population and proximity to Yucca Mountain or to transport routes. However, several larger Nevada communities potentially affected by waste shipments will not be provided the opportunity for hearings.

Whether you live in Nevada or in a state or community that will be impacted by spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste shipments, it is important that you make every effort to attend a DOE hearing and make your comments on the draft EIS for the record.

To request that DOE conduct a public hearing on the draft EIS in your city or community, you should write or call Mr. Lake Barrett, Acting Director, DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, 1000 Independence Avene, SW, Washington, DC 200585 (phone: 202-586-6850).