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According to a judge ruling this week, Nevada won a partial battle in the 20-year conflict with the Department of Energy's plan to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, approximately 90 miles from Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt denied the Justice Department emergency motion regarding using Nevada's water to drill boreholes. Without the drilling, it is going to be next too impossible to finish the study about the safety of storing nuclear chemical waste. This week’s Reader Poll asks the question . . . Do you think Yucca Mountain should store nuclear waste for the entire nation or should it be a problem each state should face on their own rather than moving it to Nevada? What is your opinion? Good or Bad, we want to hear from you.

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I think the nuclear waste should be a problem each state should work on rather than pushing it to Nevada.  Storing all that nuclear waste in one spot seems more dangerous than many small stock piles.  Gloria Davenport, NY

Keep it all in Nevada - most states do not have the open space Nevada is home to. I live in New Jersey and we don't even have room for daily garbage let alone nuclear waste!  pat berzanski

I think it should be stored in one place, not in each state. However, I think it should not be that close to Las Vegas. It should be very, very far away on land that is the least habitable by humans. April Morrison  Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Maybe there is a way to dispose of it through other means, even though it might be more expensive than storing.  Extreme heat incineration may be more feasible than having one huge stockpile of this deadly substance.  Howard T.  AL

yes there should hole it all then we now where it all is then we can conlen it all then.  john cataloni  laguna niguel

I don't know what are d.p. Energy thinking. we seem to be screwing up lately no way Nevada people should let do anything. weed help.  jim miller  worcester ma

I think its fine, why not here where we have the space? I think they will make it safe and we have nothing to worry about.  Tiffany Phillips  Las Vegas, NV

This nuclear waste thing is crazy. Can't understand why they can't rocket it up and out of our solar system or crash it into the sun. Not cost effective I guess in the long run. But it could be done. However I live in Connecticut and sorry to say the father away the better in case of an accident. I'm being selfish I know but better there than here. Sorry  Ralph  Hamden, CT

Why Nevada? Isn't there another state that has land available? Why would you put a nuclear waste site that close to one of the most popular destinations in the United States. Las Vegas has grown in leaps and bounds over the past years and continues to grow and expand. I don't think it would be safe to put all of the states waste in one place. Have they been able to prove that this safe? Would they let their families live next to this? I think that this is a bad move.  Sharon H.  Conneaut/Ohio

Well, I live in a military based city; Tampa and as easy at it would be to say: "put the nuclear waste in another state". I feel it's also a better idea for each state to maintain it's share of that burden. I don't know all the details, but whoever is in charge of the safety of the surrounding citizens better be sure residents, including children are safe from the nuclear waste being deposited there at Yucca Mountain. I do know nuclear medicine is a modern miracle in local hospitals.  Larry Strehl  Tampa

I don't feel one state should be responsible for all. It should be split among all of them.  Sue Loftus  Round Lake Beach

The Yucca Mountain site was chosen in a protracted process of elimination, the middle of a nuclear wasteland being preferable to anyone elses mountains or valleys. However, with Harry Reid's promise to kill it, the $8Bil spent to study the site may now be a waste. A 2001 IEER study says keep the waste where it sits, a bunch of small poorly designed and secured storages being safer than risking problems in transport to one big one. Frankly, I prefer your backyard to mine.  Don  Trojan Nuclear Plant, OR

I believe that nuclear waste should be consolidated somewhere vice scattered about the country, creating more accident protential and and much larger expense for oversight. I would look to the cold barely ihabited areas in Alaska.   Guy Winslow/Maine

Yes I do believe Yucca should be the place for all the waste. We've already spent 100's of millions at that location and it would cost that much again for each state to develop a location of their own. Most other states do not have any spot as safe or stable as Yucca.  D. Boyd  MI

Nevada should be the nation's high-level waste repository. For instance, Hanford in Washington State, created plutonium for America's weapons program doing its part to help end WWII and gain a strong national defense program. All other states must contribute in that effort. Nevada is the best location for HLW disposal. It also uses lots of electricity, some of which is nuclear power. That spent fuel should be disposed of in Yucca Mtn. A remote location is needed. Nevada provides that resource.  Geoff Harvey  Kennewick, WA



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