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urgent action alert!! deadline approaching!
yucca mountain, sacred to the shoshone & major fault zone, in imminent danger!
department of energy moves plans forward to turn yucca mountain into nuclear waste repository.
public comment period deadline january 10, 2008.
Public hearings have not been well attended, statements mostly in favor of the plan to put all of the nuclear waste in the country in this one sacred place. Activists were told that if we do not go on record with a statement, we will have no legal recourse later on. Local papers & media spin have recently stated that opposition to the nuke dump had dropped off since the passing of Corbin Harney. The nuclear reps are confident to the point of acting like it's a done deal. LETS PROVE THEM WRONG! MAKE YOUR COMMENT NOW & TAKE ACTION!!

Yucca Mountain is sacred to the Shoshone as an herb gathering site, for rituals, and as a part of their stories. Yucca Mountain is known in Shoshone language as Snake Mountain. Indeed it looks like a snake. It is said that the snake was headed north when it froze where it is. Further more it is said that it will move again and "flip around". Geologists say that there are thirteen different fault lines running through it.

Citizens can make an oral statement at the scheduled public hearings or fill out a form and mail it in to EIS Office U.S. Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Mgmt, 1551 Hillshire Dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89195-7308 or by e-mail at  EIS_Office@ymp.gov.

HERE ARE TALKING POINTS:  http://www.h-o-m-e.org/Yucca/index.htm

"The eyes of the elders are on us. The fate of the unborn is rolling toward the cliff, the voice of Corbin Harney is ringing in my ears, "It's on your shoulders now...". Info from Bear Dyken.  mdyken@goldrush.com.

YUCCA MOUNTAIN FACT SHEET, TALKING POINTS, & MORE INFO: Healing Ourselves & Mother Earth  http://www.h-o-m-e.org/

The DOE released two Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements related to repository changes and rail transportation of high-level waste in Nevada.

Inyo County CA- Excellent Draft Impacts Assessment Report Comments due by 1/18/08

homepage: homepage: http://www.wsdp.org
phone: phone: 775-468-0230
address: address: P.O. Box 211308 Crescent Valley, NV 89821 Newe Sogobi

email to EIS 01.Jan.2008 02:23

David Curtis

I continue to oppose the nuclear waste repository proposed for Yucca Mountain.

I worry that the project will damage our State's aquifer as well as rendering areas of Nevada uninhabitable for centuries.

I believe our Government must do more to reduce the number of active nuclear projects, both energy based and defense based
There remains no good solution for the waste despite many decades of research.
It seems unwise to concentrate the waste problem in this location, or any one location, in addition to the many sites throughout the Country that are already

A better path seems to be to throttle down the nuclear plants to eventually stop the cycle of waste production.
The existing waste should continue to be stored at the various generation sites until scientists can find ways of adequately neutralizing the material, if ever.

The money earmarked for Yucca Mountain should immediately be reallocated towards PV panel production and other non-lethal alternative fuels.

David Curtis, Assoc. AIA
1725 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Suite 2, box 225
Las Vegas, NV 89146

(phone # deleted)


my comment letter 02.Jan.2008 07:14

they just want to make more storage room...

Dec 31, 2007

EIS Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Mgmt,
1551 Hillshire Dr.
Las Vegas, NV, 89195-7308

RE: Public Comment on the Yucca Mountain 10/07 Draft Repository SEIS

To whom it may concern,

I remain in opposition to the storage of nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain for the following reasons

This project poses significant risk to the groundwater affecting many residents along with over a million tourists who visit the Death Valley National park. Amargosa Valley and Las Vegas are affected by the Yucca Mountain Aquifer. These populations are hardly insignificant, nor does this validate the claim that Yucca Mountain is "isolated from concentrations of human population and activity"

This basin, described as "closed" has an unstable geological fault system which could change this "closed" status at any time over the next 240 million years. Wetter conditions expected over the next several hundred/thousand years with the changing climate conditions will also change the effect on where the water that flows through this area ends up.

Transportation plans are still not being made clear in the Draft Rail Alignment DEIS; Transportation of nuclear waste continues to pose significant risk to all communities along the routes of transport; Also the mechanism of transfer and safety of these transfer opersations at the site of origin is unclear. This proposed transfer plan needs to be made more clear to assure minimal risk for handlers and those along the transport routes.

The Draft Rail Alignment SEIS is incomplete and unacceptable in it's current version. Some reasons include:
1) Incomplete evaluations of repository shipments into Nevada or the impacts to northern Nevada
2) The USDOT Surface Transportation Board is the qualified agency to determine risks and plan for transportation emergencies along "Shared Use" transportation lines; That agency is currently not taking a lead in the planning process around tranportation of high-level radioactive nuclear waste, nor has the truck transportation risk been properly analyzed in Nevada or elsewhere along transport routes.

The project area falls on native tribal lands granted by treaty to the Western Shoshone nation in 1863. This project is opposed by that nation, and is an obvious human rights violation for this reason alone.

Please discontinue current plans to store high-level radioactive nuclear waste in the sacred lands of the Western Shoshone Nation. Please don't put the future generations of native nations, along with inhabitants of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Pahrump, as well as the million visitors who travel annually to Death Valley National Park at extreme risk of exposure to dangerous levels of radiation, as well as jeopardizing every being along the travel routes.

I advocate that the DOE instead simply keep nuclear waste at current sites and continue efforts to find substances to (more) safely vitrify the waste in containers on the sites where contamination is already complete; Don't continue the destruction for the (obvious) purpose of creating more room for more nuclear horror.

I look forward to your reply.


Similar looming fate for Hanford 02.Jan.2008 16:56


There are also proposing bringing more radioactive waste to Hanford.

that's the point 09.Jan.2008 05:35


yeah, the point of transferring nuclear waste to yucca mtn is to open up the other storage sites so more nuclear material can be created... there has to be a "solution" to the storage problem before creating more nuclear horror can be justified... so all the storage facilities can expect to have more waste if this goes through... just a shell game... and environmental racism.

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