• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Nevadans Against Yucca Mountain… Or Are They?

    It’s time for the NRC to listen to the collective voice of Nevada.”

    Ah, Harry Reid, you couldn’t be more right. The Senate Majority Leader again voiced his anti-Yucca Mountain sentiments a few days ago, claiming the dump is wrong and saying, “We will not accept it.”

    Reid made these statements after 4,000 Nevadans filed a petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and Nevada officials “contend nuclear waste cannot be safely stored at Yucca Mountain for the thousands of years envisioned by the government.”

    First of all, only 4,000 petitioners? According to the Census Bureau Nevada’s population in 2006 was about 2.5 million. That means .16%, less than two tenths of the population signed this petition. Granted, the bright lights of Las Vegas are alluring, but if Nevadans truly cared about shutting down Yucca Mountain as much as Harry Reid says they do, they could build a case stronger than 4,000 petition signers.

    Seriously, people in Seattle, Washington were more riled up for a 20-cent grocery bag fee. Only one month after Seattle’s Mayor signed the ordinance to take place in January, The Coalition to Stop the Seattle Bag Tax formed and gathered more than 20,000 signatures to have the fee repealed.

    Without question the voices of Nevadans deserve the right to be heard, but what I’m hearing is that Yucca Mountain is not an issue for the majority of Nevada. With a nuclear energy push on the horizon, resolving the issue of managing spent nuclear fuel will be critical to the sustainability of nuclear power in the United States. While the entire system needs an overhaul, a geologic repository remains vitally important to used fuel disposal. The Department of Energy (DOE) did their part in submitting a license application to the NRC, but Members of Congress can take action; specifically they should:

    • Replace the artificial 70,000-ton cap on Yucca Mountain with a more scientifically calculated cap.
    • Acknowledge that the current regime for managing spent nuclear fuel is broken and engage in a process to develop a new ratio­nal, market-based approach to managing spent nuclear fuel that can support a broad expansion of nuclear power in the United States.

    Secondly, I’m not sure if Nevada officials are the most qualified to determine that nuclear waste cannot safely be stored at Yucca Mountain. I’d leave that to the experts that say there is no scientific, safety, or technological reason that prevents waste from coming into Yucca Mountain. For more on this, you can read the DOE’s environmental impact study or the U.S. Geologic Survey, Yucca Mountain as a Geologic Repository.

    Senator Reid is right. We should be listening to the collective voice of Nevada; we should be listening to those concerned about gas and energy prices, taxes, education and jobs rather than the minority that wants to stop the development of clean, safe and affordable energy.

    Posted in Energy [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to Nevadans Against Yucca Mountain… Or Are They?

    1. WILLIAM LEE, LAS VEG says:

      FINALLY, a sane voice among all the naysayers of the world! I agree, most Nevadans have more important things to worry about than the skewed rants of a Democrat who can't or won't see reality. Mr. Reid, once and for all, take your self-serving agenda and shove it.

    2. Shell E. Berkley, Wa says:

      Actually, it's not 0.16 or 16 percent of the population who signed the petition, it's 0.16 percent (about 1 person out of every 600) and that is truly embarrassing. I guess if you are Harry Reid and you announce you are going to have petition signing campaign and nobody shows up, you have to make some kind of statement declaring victory.

    3. John Las Vegas says:

      Unreal, the audacity of people who don’t live in Nevada to write articles about what is a) good for Nevadans and b) how Nevadans feel…?!! Who made you God? Because last time I checked that position was taken. Get serious, nobody in their right mind wants a toxic hazardous nuclear waste accident waiting to happen in their backyard, but since the writer thinks it’s no big deal, then by all means, let’s put it in his back yard ASAP; come now, hurry up, this needs to be done quick quick, many long winded supposedly intelligent reasons for the twisted corrupted facts of safety notwithstanding. The amount of petition signers only reflects a very very simple fact, that I and obviously the other 1.95 million Clark County residents know nothing about this petition. Not even a slim teeny margin of residents want their lives, children’s/family/friends lives, homes, water, air or anything touched with toxic waste poison. Every Nevadan, like most humans, don’t want the poisonous waste anywhere near them.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.