wouldn't hesitate if called upon to transport nuclear waste from
points across the country to Nevada's Yucca Mountain. But they
should, because it's not safe, according to a June 19 editorial
in The New York Times.
a member of the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on
Combating Terrorism, was chairman of the National Transportation
Safety Board from 1994 to 2001.
container of spent nuclear fuel headed for Yucca Mountain "would
carry more radioactive material than was released by the nuclear
bombs used in World War II," Hall wrote. "If one of
these containers were breached in an accident or a terrorist attack,
the results would be catastrophic."
that Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said he's just beginning
to formulate a transportation plan, because so much time was spent
locating a dump site. "Congress needs to force the Department
of Energy to reassess the dangers of transporting high-level nuclear
waste and develop a secure plan before proceeding with the Yucca