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Abraham: Yucca Mountain is safe
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TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2002

In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post today, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham says Americans are "dreaming" if they think leaving highly radioactive nuclear waste in their current locations is safe.

"So far as terrorists are concerned, why wouldn't they first attack stationary, above-ground facilities that lie in known locations near heavily populated cities, rather than wait 10 years until the material is being moved -- in secret -- in secure containers surrounded by heavily armed guards?" he writes.

Abraham goes on to say that the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe of Utah is moving forward with storing waste on its reservation. "Whether or not the Goshutes are successful, sooner or later others will open new sites, and this material will move," he says.

Abraham insists the plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada is safe. The facility would store up to 77,000 tons on unceded Shoshone land.

Get the Story:
Abrhaham: One Safe Site Is Best (The Washington Post 3/26)

Relevant Links:
The Yucca Mountain Project, Department of Energy - http://www.ymp.gov

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