|KENNY C. GUINN
|STATE OF NEVADA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
AGENCY FOR NUCLEAR PROJECTS
1802 N. Carson Street, Suite 252
Carson City, Nevada 89701
Telephone: (775) 687-3744 Fax: (775) 687-5277
|ROBERT R. LOUX|
September 10, 2001
The hearings are intended to afford the public opportunities to comment on the Secretary of Energy´s plans to formally recommend Yucca Mountain for development as the nation´s only disposal site for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
DOE has been studying the Yucca Mountain site for almost two decades. The project has been the source of bitter controversy since its inception, with proponents arguing that the site can safely isolate radioactive waste from the environment for thousands of years and opponents contending that the facility will leak and expose people to unacceptable levels of radiation.
If Yucca Mountain is recommended for development as a repository and if the Congress overrides Nevada´s expected veto, upwards of 70,000 tons of highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and defense nuclear facilities could begin moving to the Nevada site by 2010 under DOE´s current schedule. In excess of 90,000 shipments of this material could pass through Nye County and the Pahrump/Amargosa Valley area in route to Yucca Mountain over a 35 year period.
The September 12th and 13th hearings will be the final opportunities for the public to have input into the Energy Department´s decision whether to officially recommend Yucca Mountain as a repository. Members of the public are urged to attend and provide DOE with their views on the recommendation decision.
For more information, contact the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects at