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RESOLUTION R-40-98

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO EXCLUDE THE USE OF HIGHWAY ROUTES OVER HOOVER DAM AND THROUGH THE METROPOLITAN LAS VEGAS VALLEY FOR THE TRANSPORT OF LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO THE NEVADA TEST SITE.

WHEREAS, the Nevada Test Site (The Site) is currently used as a site for the final disposal of low-level radioactive waste and is being considered as a Regional or Centralized site for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste from the cleanup of the Department of Energy Weapons Complex; and

WHEREAS, the naming of the Nevada Test Site as a Regional or Centralized disposal site for low-level radioactive waste could increase the number of shipments of low-level radioactive waste into Southern Nevada considerably; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Energy is proposing to transport much of the waste by rail; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Energy is currently preparing an Environmental Assessment to evaluate sites outside the Las Vegas Valley for the transfer of low-level radioactive waste from rail to truck for shipment to the Nevada Test Site; and

WHEREAS, according to this determination, the Department of Energy is proposing to institutionalize and encourage the use of the intermodal transfer facility and highway routes outside the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area for the transport of the lowlevel nuclear waste to the Nevada Test Site; and

WHEREAS the Environmental Assessment will not result in a decision by the Department of Energy to require all shipments of low-level radioactive waste destined for the Nevada Test Site to avoid Metropolitan Las Vegas, and

WHEREAS State and local officials in Nevada contend that the continued transportation of these wastes, particularly over Hoover Dam and through the rapidly growing Las Vegas Metropolitan area, provides a greater opportunity for accidents which not only pose risks to the public health and safety of our citizens, but could also adversely affect the State's tourist-based economy, and

WHEREAS, the recent incident in Kingman, Arizona among others, illustrates that the potential exists for the release of potentially dangerous material, a problem that could be exacerbated if it occurred on Hoover Dam or in Metropolitan Las Vegas.

RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO EXCLUDE THE USE OF HIGHWAY ROUTES OVER HOOVER DAM AND THROUGH THE METROPOLITAN LAS VEGAS VALLEY FOR THE TRANSPORT OF LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO THE NEVADA TEST SITE.

NOW, THEREFORE. BE IT RESOLVED by the City of Las Vegas Nevada. that the City supports the position that the Environmental Assessment must address the use of intermodal transportation in combination with highway routes that avoid entirely Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Metropolitan area; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any transport of low-level nuclear waste by the Department of Energy or their contractors or trucks to the Nevada Test Site must avoid routes over Hoover Dam and through the Las Vegas Valley.

PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED on this 13th day of APRIL, 1998.

BY
MICHAEL J. MCDONALD
MAYOR PRO-TEM

ATTEST:
BARBARA JO RONEMUS
CITY CLERK


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