Vermont Yankee Supports Federal Yucca Mountain Program

04/17/02 12:00AM



(Host) A coalition of organizations opposed to the shipment of nuclear waste is taking its lobbying efforts to Vermont's airwaves.

In February, President Bush directed that the Yucca Mountain site near Las Vegas be selected to store some 77,000 tons of the nation's nuclear waste. Opponents of the plan are running the ads and want Vermonters to urge Senators James Jeffords and Patrick Leahy to oppose it. They say transporting the spent nuclear fuel is dangerous, and they want it stored in its current locations.

Vermont Yankee officials and other supporters of the Yucca Mountain site say having centralized storage at one federal facility is better than having it at a number of different sites around the country.

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