Not now. Not ever. That was the loud-and-clear message from more than 100 Sun readers who responded to a current invitation to make their voices heard on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
Readers who opposed the job surpassed supporters by a wide margin, while advocates were split between two general groups– those who believed the job must move on as developed and those who made their assistance conditional in some way, such as repurposing the center to recycle nuclear waste rather than keeping it.
Opponents mentioned numerous longstanding concerns about the job, including the possibility of seismic activity that could result in the release of radioactive material, and the risks positioned by carrying waste to the website on routes that would pass directly through Las Vegas.
Several longtime Las Vegas homeowners likened the possible risk of Yucca Mountain to the above-ground nuclear testing in the desert near the city throughout the Cold War.
A few select remarks:
” NO NO NO to discarding hazardous waste in our backyard. I will move. This is simply Donald Trump bullying Nevada since he lost here.”
” We have to be known for solar energy, not for the nation’s discarding ground for (nuclear) waste.”
” We truly feel if it is opened here, we will leave Nevada. We have a child and do not want him to mature with in an environment with Yucca Mountain open.”
” Nevada does not have any nuclear centers for our power, so why should the concern be on us to accept the nuclear waste from states that do benefit from nuclear power? Any state that has a gain from nuclear power should have the obligation of handling the residues of that power. None of us would dispose our garbage on our next-door neighbor. The exact same must use between states.”
” I accompany the lots of that believe transport to the area and the actual storage of hazardous waste has not been proven to be a safe option.”
Today, the Sun is publishing a bundle of Yucca Mountain-related content that consists of letters, an editorial and an editorial cartoon on the issue. The staying letters have been forwarded to the Nevada interim legal Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste, whose require public remarks at an April 27 conference prompted the Sun to welcome readers to sound off on the issue.