Congressman Don Young - Alaska, At Large

Statement by Congressman Don Young on Yucca Mountain

January 21, 2002

Governor Guinn has expressed his tremendous disappointment and concerns to me about the recent decision by Secretary Abraham to recommend Yucca Mountain as the national repository for the nation’s high-level nuclear waste. I share his many concerns about the selection of Yucca Mountain, the process behind that selection and those related to the transportation of the waste to Nevada.

The events of September 11th require us to look at many things from a different perspective, including transporting nuclear waste across the country. The issues surrounding transportation of nuclear waste are critically important to the State of Nevada as well as to the 43 states and the hundreds of communities, both large and small, that will be directly impacted should Yucca Mountain be selected. The fact that there will be 3,000 – 4,000 shipments a year for the next 25-30 years across the country provides ample opportunity for severe accidents, sabotage or terrorism.

I have committed to Governor Guinn that I will revisit my previous position on Yucca Mountain and that I will work to have the many questions surrounding transportation safety and security answered.

Congressman Don Young