Henderson – City of Henderson Mayor Debra March is adding her voice to the opposition from Nevadans for a renewed effort in Congress to turn the Silver State into the nation’s dumping ground for dangerous high-level nuclear waste.
Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would pour more funding into the failed Yucca Mountain project and increase the amount of deadly nuclear waste that would be buried only 90 minutes from the Las Vegas Valley. The bill has drawn bipartisan opposition from Nevada’s congressional delegation, Governor Brian Sandoval and local elected leaders.
“I oppose this renewed effort in Congress to turn Nevada into the nation’s nuclear dump and to flood our roads and railways with dangerous shipments of radioactive waste. Nevadans have been fighting Yucca Mountain for more than three decades and we are not going to surrender now. Once again we are seeing a proposal that would force the Silver State to accept nuclear waste, that would increase the amount to be dumped in our backyard and that would mean even more shipments of this toxic trash loaded on to trains and trucks that are likely to be involved in accidents or become terrorist targets. One spill involving high-level nuclear waste could devastate Southern Nevada’s tourist economy and endanger the lives of our families, friends and neighbors. Shame on those who are willing to turn a blind eye to the very real danger that Yucca Mountain represents and who are willing to minimize the real risks to states all across our nation that will come from transporting this nuclear waste to Nevada,” said Mayor Debra March.