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
today that a vote on Yucca Mountain by the US
Senate is now expected any day, but likely by early July.
either support the sovereign right of the State of
Nevada and the Western Shoshone Nation to keep U.S.
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
since the opposition of Nevadans and Shoshones is
also on behalf of the vast majority of us -- folks in 43
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
Urge them to VOTE AGAINST THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR DUMP,
If you prefer to write, please get the fax number for your
mail to the Hill is still subject to anthrax related
delay. Hand written constituent letters remain the "gold
The Hill, even when faxed!
GROUPS ARE INVITED TO SIGN THE STATEMENT AGAINST YUCCA
MOUNTAIN -- visit
Links for More info -- (Talking Points against Yucca Below)
To send a prepared fax against Yucca Mountain to your
Public Citizen's Take Action Center
The very best points to make have to do with your own
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
If you are calling a conservative, you might point out that
the right under the Federalist portion of the
Constitution to exercise its sovereign right to say no to a
Here are some broader points if you are looking for more....
*) It would be hard to find a geologically worse place to
high-level nuclear waste -- evidence points to an active
magma pocket below the site. The more than 600 earth quakes
study period attest to this instability. Although
DOE and NRC know this, they are promoting voodoo math
responsible decision making based on good science. We want
a radioactive waste solution, Yucca is a formula for
*) Even if the Yucca Volcano never goes off, all the
at this site has cracked and fractured the volcanic
rock inside the mountain. Yucca Mountain is a sieve and will
agrees. This is not good enough. We want the poisons
of the Atomic Age isolated so that future generations and
biosphere are not threatened by this waste.
*) High level nuclear waste is a major security hazard no
it is. Putting it on the roads, rails and rivers
will not make it any safer! Instead our cities and commerce
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
*) We are not ready. DOE does not require physical testing
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
*) Making a dump does not solve the nuclear waste problem.
the production of more nuclear waste will begin to
be the basis for a solution. If the DOE spends 30 years
nuclear waste that we have today to Yucca Mountain in
Nevada, by the time it is all there, there will be as much
waiting to be dumped again.
*) Yucca Mountain is not one place for the waste it is ONE
for waste. Every reactor that remains in operation
will have at least 5 years of new waste on site...and likely
the Bush Administration will use the opening of
Yucca Mountain to help win NEW NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS....the
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
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
start over on a nuclear waste program based on sound
science and isolation of nuclear waste from the environment.
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