Casper Tribune
Casper, Wyoming

Dear Editor:

As a native of Wyoming, I am dismayed that Wyoming's congressional delegation has supported the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. This support exists despite overwhelming evidence that Yucca Mountain is scientifically the wrong site to store, much less geologically isolate, the world's most hazardous waste from the human and natural environment. Yucca Mountain not only will not provide a solution to the ever accumulating nuclear waste problem, but it poses a multi-billion dollar liability for American taxpayers, many of whom do not benefit from nuclear generated electricity. From Wyoming's perspective, the Yucca Mountain Project presents hazards that your leadership may not fully appreciate. I ask that you consider the following:

Because this country's high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel is currently accumulating at nuclear power plants, mostly east of the Mississippi, the Department of Energy (backed by the politically potent nuclear industry) proposes to use this country's highways and rail corridors to transport the nuclear waste to the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain. To dispose of this undesirable waste, DOE proposes an unprecedented 38 year shipping campaign to move the waste across thousands of miles of highways and rail lines, exposing the population and the environment to unacceptable risks along the way. It is expected that truck shipments to Yucca Mountin would be a daily occurrence through Wyoming. Rail shipments to Yucca Mountain would likewise present daily risks along Wyoming's rail corridors.

To prevent any number of transportation-related calamities presented by the Yucca Mountain Project, Nevadans need your help. Please contact your representatives in Congress and tell them that you do not want thousands of nuclear waste shipments passing within harm's way of your state. Although the State of Nevada has submitted a Notice of Disapproval of the Yucca Mountain Project to Congress, both houses of Congress can override Nevada with a simple majority vote. If you need additional information concerning the Yucca Mountain Project and its negative implications for all Americans, the State of Nevada has a useful website:

Thank you for your consideration of this critical issue affecting us all.

Marta Adams
Sr. Deputy Attorney General
Nevada Attorney General's Office