Officials warn battle over Yucca Mountain will intensify
Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Although we haven't seen or heard much about it over the last year and half, state officials said the battle over Yucca Mountain, has been going on continuously and quietly behind closed doors.
At their most recent council meeting, Las Vegas city leaders received an update on the ongoing fight to keep nuclear waste out of Nevada.
"There's a big push," said Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "It's coming back and different states and representatives have stated very firmly that they want to re-open this discussion and move forward with it."
Of the highest concern is how these hazardous materials will arrive to Yucca Mountain, located in an area about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
In their presentation, state officials told the mayor the nation’s Department of Energy plans on shipping the nuclear waste on roadways and railways including I-15 and U.S. 95, passing right through some of the Valley's most populated areas.
The state said if there is any type of accident that caused even a small spill, it would cripple the area for days, until things are safely cleaned.
"Imagine having highways shut down, imagine having the rail line shut down, imagine having a zone on each side of the incident not only evacuated, but not immediately allowing people to return to their homes, or businesses, or their cars," said Bob Halsted, the state’s Executive Director of Nuclear Projects.
The state and City of Las Vegas plan on stopping federal officials from allowing the project to continue.