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Pahrump officials want Yucca discussion to move forward

Some Nevadans excited about the idea of #Yucca Mountain being used to store the nation’s nuclear waste. (Gerard Ramalho | KSNV)

"Ceramic pellets for the spent fuel, and this is a big glass log within this stainless steel canister." Darrell Lacy, Director of the Nye County Nuclear Waste Office pointed out several items inside the Pahrump Valley Museum.

A collection of nuclear-related artifacts that came mostly from the Department of Energy. The museum even includes videos of nuclear canisters being slammed by freight trains.

Lacy calls it “the truth” about storing and transporting nuclear waste.

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Also on board with the idea, Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen, who is a longtime proponent of Yucca Mountain. He applauds the president's latest budget, which includes 120-million-dollars to restart the Yucca licensing process.

"This shouldn't be for the politicians to decide. We should let the NRC, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have the hearings and adjudicate it. Already the national labs, have all said it is safe," said Schinhofen.

Admittedly, if Yucca were to open, it could mean an economic boom for the county. Some say a project that would be bigger than Hoover Dam, with construction jobs that would last 20-years.

As for opposing politicians like Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Schinhofen says, "I would recommend that they listen to the other side."

Lacy says, "We feel like it's our obligation to the citizens of Nye County, to help them have the facts, not the fear-mongering," And he says many of the answers, can be found within the walls of the Pahrump Valley Museum, which heads is free and open to the public.



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