Nevada Appeal

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Letter: More studying for Yucca suggested

This is in reply to Christopher Hardt’s opinions that appeared in the Dec. 28 Nevada Appeal.

You mentioned Yucca Mountain and the “financial benefits to the state.” Actually, scientists have been unable to predict the results of storing high-level nuclear hazardous waste deep underground for thousands of years. The Department of Energy keeps changing and adjusting its specifications in order to obtain approval for a repository.

Have you any idea of the ramification of storing this waste in our state? Can you imagine having this deadly material slowly seeping down into Amargosa Valley just for starters?

You might want to check on the children who suddenly became mysteriously ill in Fallon about four or five years ago. They have never been able to prove why or how this happened. Do you want to raise your family with that type of future?

As to your comment on “ways to eliminate the waste.” Please keep in mind that there is a law that was set up in the 1970s between Russia and the United States known as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and consisted originally of five countries: Britain, China, France, the Soviet Union and the United States. I’m not certain, but I believe the United States is the only country which currently abides by this law. France is now working on reducing its stockpile of nuclear waste.

As far as the railway to Yucca Mountain, I understand this has been under discussion and plans are currently in the works by the Department of Energy.

I do agree with your comment on a new “College of Alternative Energy.” Finances the way they are, you might want to push now for studying subjects covering this matter, rather than for building a college.

Shirley Swafford
Carson City