A long battle to stop nuclear waste from getting shipped to Yucca Mountain still rages on.
Even though the move to use Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository was stopped when President Barack Obama took office, there are still possible waste transportation routes across the United States being considered.
Those proposed routes have been near houses, schools and the popular Las Vegas Strip.
On Tuesday, The Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force rallied mayors and leaders from 70 cities to fight against the shipment of waste.
“This stuff should not becoming across the country and never to Nevada,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
She stood in front of a maps showing possible routes for transporting the radioactive waste.
The maps show several high population areas, including the number one tourist destination in the world — Las Vegas.
Similar news conferences were held in 70 cities across the country.
“They don’t know where the truck is going to spill, they don’t know where the railroad is going to collapse on them. There is no way of knowing,” Goodman said.
Congress decided Yucca Mountain would be the final destination for tons of hazardous nuclear waste in 1987, but the Department of Energy dismantled the project after President Obama took office in 2009.
The Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force says people are in still in potential danger as long as the proposed shipments are on the table for Congress to consider.
“They are hoping they can come through with new legislation to say throw some money into this, let’s get it started, it’s the only spot we got, let’s go,” said Judy Treichel, Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force.
Mayor Goodman says the nation’s nuclear waste should stay put.
“The money that’s spent on shipping and hiring people to take this waste across country needs to go to repurposing radioactive material,” she said.
Mayor Goodman says more research is needed.
Treichel, who is the executive director of the task force, says she worries nuclear waste will be forced on Nevada when Senator Harry Reid and President Obama are out of office.
Reid said in a statement Tuesday that Congress should focus on consent based solutions that don’t shove nuclear waste down the throats of people who clearly don’t want it in their state.