Sen. Harry Reid’s concerns about the nuclear waste storage
facility under construction at Yucca Mountain in Nevada extend beyond the
normal concerns raised by such a project.
The Associated Press reported that the Democratic
senator from Nevada is concerned because the facility is being constructed by
Bechtel/Parsons-Brinckerhoff, the primary contractor responsible for Boston’s ill-fated Big Dig project.
Reid voiced his comments amid an ongoing investigation into
a July 10 collapse in one of the Big Dig’s tunnels that left a woman dead.
Bechtel is just one of many parties involved in the Big Dig that has come under
fire in the investigation.
While Reid did not call for Bechtel’s removal from the Yucca Mountain project, he did say that the involvement of the company “should concern
everyone,” according to The AP.
“If Bechtel can’t do a better job on the Big Dig than what
they’ve done, I don’t see why they should be involved with Yucca Mountain,” he said.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Energy told The AP that the department is doing all it can to assure the quality of the
construction on Yucca Mountain.
The waste dump, which is scheduled to open in 2017, will
hold at least 77,000 tons of radioactive waste.