Shundahai Network

PRESS RELEASE
September 6, 2000

CONTACT:
Susi Snyder
702-647-3095

LAS VEGAS DECLARED NUCLEAR-FREE ZONE

This morning the Mayor and City Council of Las Vegas passed resolution R-85-2000, declaring Las Vegas a Nuclear Free Zone. This resolution opposes legislation that would allow the transportation, storage or production of spent nuclear fuel, high-level nuclear waste, and low-level radioactive waste within the City of Las Vegas. The resolution also supports the on site storage of spent nuclear fuel, a shift in federal funding for nuclear waste disposal studies, and the research and use of alternative renewable energy sources.

“The majority of the people of Las Vegas are against radioactive waste being shipped through the city,” said Susi Snyder, “a Nuclear-Free Las Vegas is a great step towards a Nuclear-Free Great Basin.“

The resolution passed this morning was proposed at a meeting between Mayor Goodman, the Shundahai Network, Citizens Nuclear Information Committee and Citizen Alert in July.

“We hope that all other counties and cities within Nevada will be inspired to pass their own nuclear free zone resolutions, “ said Reinard Knutsen, “This will send a strong signal to Washington that Nevada is not the dumping ground for the nuclear industry.” Reno, Sparks and Henderson have also declared themselves to be Nuclear-Free Zones.

The passage of this resolution is in great timing for Nevada Is Not A Wasteland Day, September 30th, (12-8pm, Morrell Park in Henderson), and the Nuclear Free Great Basin Gathering, October 6-9th, at Peace Camp, Newe Sogobia (Mercury exit, US 95).

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RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE LAS VEGAS A NUCLEAR-FREE ZONE Adopted Unanimously by Las Vegas City Council Sept 6th, 2000

WHEREAS, Congress has designated Yucca Mountain, Nevada, the only site to be studied for a High-level nuclear waste repository; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Yucca Mountain site should be disqualified from consideration due to scientifically proven geologic and technical factors; and

WHEREAS, billions of taxpayer dollars have already been spent on the Yucca Mountain Project; and

WHEREAS, The government of the State of Nevada and the City of Las Vegas are opposed to Yucca Mountain; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada has already made countless sacrifices for the nation's nuclear programs; and

WHEREAS, the Nevada Test Site is currently used by the Department of Energy as a site for the final disposal of low level radioactive waste from the cleanup of the Department of Energy's weapons complex; and

WHEREAS, high level nuclear waste as well as some low level nuclear waste is extremely dangerous, containing long-lived radioactive isotopes; and

WHEREAS, this high level nuclear waste would consist of irradiated nuclear fuel rods and other radioactive waste; and

WHEREAS, legislation is introduced each year and is currently being debated which, if adopted by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States, will allow for the transport of radioactive waste through the City of Las Vegas and other towns in Nevada; and

WHEREAS, this legislation would create an above ground interim storage facility for high level nuclear waste at the Nevada Test Site; and

WHEREAS, this legislation would begin the largest nuclear waste transportation campaign in history, possibly endangering residents in 43 states, thousands of towns and cities; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Energy predicts that there will be nuclear waste accidents occurring during this transportation campaign; and

WHEREAS, lives, health, and properties of Las Vegas residents, living and working along transportation routes will be unnecessarily endangered by accidents or incidents; and

WHEREAS, the City of Las Vegas will have limited funding for training of emergency response personnel and for purchase of necessary equipment to cope with a radiological emergency; and

WHEREAS, the City of Las Vegas does not have the independent resources required to effectively cope with a radiological disaster that could occur as a result of radioactive waste transported through Las Vegas; and

WHEREAS, tourism has long been the life-blood of Nevada's economy, with over half of the estate's economic activity resulting directly or indirectly from tourism related expenditures; and

WHEREAS, the transportation of nuclear waste through Las Vegas would diminish the safe and attractive image the city now conveys, poses a possible health risk to potential visitors and would damage the city and state's economy; and

WHEREAS, the production of both high- and low- level waste continues, transportation to either an interim or permanent repository does nothing to solve the nuclear waste problem in our country; and

WHEREAS, the city of Las Vegas supports basing nuclear waste disposal decisions that will impact future generations on sound science, long term safety considerations and a thorough evaluation of all possible options; and

WHEREAS, at or near reactor above-ground monitored retrievable dry cask storage technology can be used to safely and economically store high-level radioactive wastes on site for at least 100 years;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the City Of Las Vegas as follows:

SECTION 1: That the Mayor and City Council of Las Vegas oppose all legislation that would require or allow transportation of all radioactive waste near or through the City of Las Vegas;

SECTION 2: That the Mayor and City Council of Las Vegas support at reactor, on-site storage of high-level nuclear waste and a shift in funding to find a scientifically defensible and publicly acceptable method of disposal;

SECTION 3: That the Mayor and City Council of Las Vegas support the research and use of alternative renewable energy sources;

SECTION 4: That radioactive waste and nuclear waste, as referred to in this Resolution, is principally intended to include fuel materials utilized in nuclear power production. This Resolution does not relate to radioactive materials used, in the City of Las Vegas, for medical applications, industrial radiography and personal purposes such as time pieces or smoke detectors;

SECTION 5: That in opposition to legislation that would allow the transportation, storage or production of spent nuclear fuel, high-level nuclear waste, and low-level radioactive waste within the City of Las Vegas, the mayor and City Council of Las Vegas designate the City of Las Vegas as a Nuclear Free Zone.