Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Chairman
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
Dear Dr. Jackson:
Recently I was informed that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a Notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on a generic Environmental Impact Statement concerning nuclear power plant operating licenses. I also understand that this planned addendum to the Environmental Impact Statement deals with the transportation of spent nuclear fuel through metropolitan Las Vegas and Clark County en route to Yucca Mountain.
I am extremely concerned about this development, which supports DOE intentions to ignore public health and safety by transporting high level nuclear wage shipments across Hoover Dam and through the center of Las Vegas. Las Vegas has a tourism based economy. Numerous high level nuclear waste shipments passing through the center of our city could have serious negative economic and environmental impacts.
I am requesting the following actions: First, that the public comment period, which I understand ends April 27, 1999, be extended an additional 90 days to allow local governments to review the planned addendum and analyze the potential impact that this addendum creates for metropolitan Las Vegas and its citizens. Further, that a public meeting be held in the Las Vegas area so that public input may be added to the planned addendum. Finally, that the title of this addendum more accurately reflect the fact that it deals with the transportation of spent fuel through metropolitan Las Vegas area.
I was quite surprised when I was informed of then developments as I understood that Congress, in pending legislation, directed the movement of spent fuel to a potential interim storage facility or geologic repository in Nevada to avoid Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas valley.
Please provide me with a clarification of the recent changes on this issue. Public health and safety for the citizens in the valley is an extremely important issue to me and other local governments that make up Clark County.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.