Trucks, trains roll center stage during Yucca debate

| 5/24/2002

Experts who oppose placing radioactive waste in Nevada's Yucca Mountain said May 22 the Energy Department failed to assess the dangers of shipping the material by truck or train.

The testimony before the Senate Energy Committee occurred during what Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham dubbed "Nevada Day."

However, Republican members complained that Nevada did not bring citizens or state officials. Instead, various experts discussed hazardous waste spills and the likelihood of terrorist attacks on trucks and trains carrying nuclear waste. Meanwhile, an Energy Department spokesman said the panel exaggerated the potential danger of moving the nuclear waste.

A final vote is due later this summer to determine whether the government can bury the waste at Yucca or whether it must find another spot for the deadly material.