Nevada Public Health Association
October 19, 1999
Contact: Judith Saum, Legislative Committee
AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION PASSES RESOLUTION OPPOSING NUCLEAR REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN
The American Public Health Association passed a resolution declaring the Yucca Mountain site in Southern Nevada unsuitable as a permanent repository for nuclear waste at its annual convention in Chicago last week.
Drafted by the legislative committee of the Nevada Public Health Association, the resolution details the potential public health impacts to Nevadans and the rest of the nation.
The reasons for recommending disqualification of the site outlined by the American Public Health Association are:
The American Public Health Association (APHA), a professional organization of more than 50,000 members, will follow-up on this recommendation by meeting with Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson, and contacting members of Congress, appropriate federal, state, and local agencies,
As part of the resolution, APHA will also lobby members of Congress against any legislation that sets radiation protection standards for Yucca Mountain which are weaker than and inconsistent with already existing standards. The organization will support alternative nuclear waste research.
The Nevada Public Health Association has forwarded a copy of the resolution to the State Engineer requesting denial of the water permit applications filed by the Department of Energy for the Yucca Mountain repository stating that the use of water for that project would not be in the public interest of Nevadans.