This is just a “Not in my backyard” issue. Your arguments are emotional, not scientific. In discussions about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, these are the three replies that opponents of the project most often hear from federal government officials and commercial nuclear industry zealots who are bent on moving forward with it.The Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, now in its 30th year opposing Yucca Mountain, has produced maps that show the route waste would travel on trains to the site. It would enter Las Vegas on the Union Pacific railroad on tracks that parallel Interstate 15. The huge containers (casks) being carried on the trains would be licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The loads are allowed to emit radiation measurable a half-mile along both sides of the tracks, an area known by regulators as the “region of influence.” Showing the mile-wide swath of the region of influence that includes many major hotels and government buildings is not fear mongering. It’s illustrating a fact.
Las Vegas Sun 23rd March 2017 read more »