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Interesting to note votes on Yucca

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Now that Congress has formally agreed to a repository at Yucca Mountain, it's interesting to note the senators in the states who voted "No" -- California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia.

The senators in the states who were split on this issue were Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.

Senators Hatch and Bennett of Utah originally opposed storing the waste in Nevada until powerful lobbying occurred, offering them a deal they could not refuse -- you vote yes on Yucca Mountain and we won't store the nuclear waste in your state. History repeated itself since it was this type of political maneuvering that resulted in Nevada being selected as the only state to become the garbage dump of the country.

Rumors have been spreading that this is a done deal and why not accept all the benefits. Think about what Congress and the Department of Energy will offer in exchange for all the benefits.

Why wait for the completion of the tunnel in the ye¥ 2010? I can see the headlines in tomorrow's newspapers -- Shipments of high level nuclear waste will go forward beginning in the year 2003.

Why wait for the completion of the tunnel? Why wait for a final Environ-mental Impact Statement? Why wait for licensing? Why worry about contaminated water?

Why bother about the more than 200 discrepancies and the uncertainties outlined by the U.S. Technical Review Board?

Think, too, about all that nuclear waste sitting on top of that mountain until the year 2010.

SHIRLEY SWAFFORD
Carson City