April 25, 1999

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson
Chairman
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
One White Flint North Building
11555 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Dear Chairman Jackson:

Recently, I became aware of a disturbing action by the Commission related to transportation of high-level nuclear waste through Southern Nevada.

In documents related to the Commission's efforts to streamline relicensing of commercial nuclear power plants, the Commission has purported to analyze the health and safety impacts of the transportation of high-level nuclear waste through Southern Nevada to a nonexistent repository at Yucca Mountain. In analyzing these risks, the Commission appears to rely on an outdated, incomplete factual record. Even worse, the Commission has issued this document with absolutely no consultation with any representative of state or local government, or any other input from the affected communities.

Through either ineptitude, deception or a combination of the two, the Commission has sought to trivialize the transportation of high-level waste through Nevada, and attempted to do so out of the sight of those most likely to be affected. This most recent event only adds to a series of Commission actions which continue to erode public confidence in the Commission in Nevada.

I urge the Commission to reconsider its decision, and to provide a suitable comment period during which the public may develop suitable comments on this issue of grave importance to Southern Nevada.

Sincerely,

Richard H. Bryan
United States Senator