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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump Site Vote.

yucca mountain nuke dump vote in senate expected any time in the next 4 weeks
NIRS ALERT:

Calls needed!!! Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121
or toll free: 1-888-554-9256 (8 am to 5 pm cst)

(Washington June 11, 2002) Nevada Senator Harry Reid's
office confirmed
today that a vote on Yucca Mountain by the US
Senate is now expected any day, but likely by early July.
Senators will
either support the sovereign right of the State of
Nevada and the Western Shoshone Nation to keep U.S.
commercial and
military high-level nuclear waste from traveling to
Yucca Mountain, or the Senate will override Nevada's veto.

Your help is needed! Please call and ask others to call your
US Senators
since the opposition of Nevadans and Shoshones is
also on behalf of the vast majority of us -- folks in 43
other states
through which MOBILE CHERNOBYL would travel if Yucca
Mountain is the new dump.

PLEASE CALL BOTH YOUR SENATORS -- 202-224-3121
or toll free: 1-888-554-9256 (8 am to 5 pm central time
zone)

Urge them to VOTE AGAINST THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR DUMP,
Senate Joint
Resolution 34.

If you prefer to write, please get the fax number for your
senator. US
mail to the Hill is still subject to anthrax related
delay. Hand written constituent letters remain the "gold
standard" on
The Hill, even when faxed!

GROUPS ARE INVITED TO SIGN THE STATEMENT AGAINST YUCCA
MOUNTAIN -- visit
www.yuccastatement.org

Links for More info -- (Talking Points against Yucca Below)
www.nirs.org
 http://www.citizen.org/cmep/energy_enviro_nuclear/
www.nvantinuclear.org
www.ieer.org

To send a prepared fax against Yucca Mountain to your
Senators visit
Public Citizen's Take Action Center
 http://www.citizen.org/action/index.cfm?sectionID=111 (all
one line)

Talking Points:

The very best points to make have to do with your own
specific concerns
about the transport of nuclear waste through your
state, your community, your neighborhood. Be specific about
why you are
worried -- hospitals, schools, your own travel
routes, and the preparedness of your community to deal with
an
emergency.

If you are calling a conservative, you might point out that
Nevada has
the right under the Federalist portion of the
Constitution to exercise its sovereign right to say no to a
federal
program.

Here are some broader points if you are looking for more....

*) It would be hard to find a geologically worse place to
bury
high-level nuclear waste -- evidence points to an active
magma pocket below the site. The more than 600 earth quakes
during the
study period attest to this instability. Although
DOE and NRC know this, they are promoting voodoo math
instead of
responsible decision making based on good science. We want
a radioactive waste solution, Yucca is a formula for
disaster.

*) Even if the Yucca Volcano never goes off, all the
geologic activity
at this site has cracked and fractured the volcanic
rock inside the mountain. Yucca Mountain is a sieve and will
leak. DOE
agrees. This is not good enough. We want the poisons
of the Atomic Age isolated so that future generations and
their
biosphere are not threatened by this waste.

*) High level nuclear waste is a major security hazard no
matter where
it is. Putting it on the roads, rails and rivers
will not make it any safer! Instead our cities and commerce
routes could
become the biggest dirty bomb target range
imaginable. Up to 100,000 shipments in huge containers over
a 30 year
period -- Stop Mobile Chernobyl. Say no to Yucca
Mountain.

*) We are not ready. DOE does not require physical testing
of nuclear
waste transport containers--it is all simulation. The
test parameters are softer than real world situations. Local
firefighters and other emergency responders have not been
trained and do not have equipment. This is a date with
disaster!

*) Making a dump does not solve the nuclear waste problem.
Only stopping
the production of more nuclear waste will begin to
be the basis for a solution. If the DOE spends 30 years
moving the
nuclear waste that we have today to Yucca Mountain in
Nevada, by the time it is all there, there will be as much
or MORE
waiting to be dumped again.

*) Yucca Mountain is not one place for the waste it is ONE
MORE place
for waste. Every reactor that remains in operation
will have at least 5 years of new waste on site...and likely
more since
the Bush Administration will use the opening of
Yucca Mountain to help win NEW NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS....the
current
energy bill would remove all economic barriers by
providing tax dollars to build them. SAY NO YUCCA!!!!

*) Creating a single site with the radiological equivalent
of more than
2 million Hiroshima bombs worth of persistent
radioactivity would be quite a target. If conventional
explosives were
used to blow up such a site most of the rest of the
US is DOWNWIND, just as we are for nuclear weapons tests.

*) Waste should be secured better where it is for now and we
should
start over on a nuclear waste program based on sound
science and isolation of nuclear waste from the environment.

Mary Olson
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
1424 16th St NW Suite 404
Washington, DC 20036
202-328-0002 www.nirs.org

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