The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to file an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in June 2008 to request authorization to build the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The Department has taken the first steps towards filing this application, and recently published draft National Environmental Policy Act documents in an attempt to justify its plans to build the nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
These two documents include a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the repository itself, and a draft SEIS for the construction of a railroad to transport nuclear waste through Nevada. You can review both statements online at www.state.nv.us/ nucwaste/news2007/pdf/doe071004comments.pdf.
The DOE will hold six public hearings in Nevada, one in California, and one in Washington, D.C. I have enclosed the dates, times and locations of each of these hearings so you may attend. If you are unable to attend, but would like your voice to be heard, I encourage you to submit your comments to DOE at:
EIS OFFICE, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
1551 Hillshire Drive,
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Or by fax: 1-800-967-0739
If you would like to learn more about my views on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, I encourage you to visit my Web page at www.reid.senate.gov/issues/yucca.cfm and www.reid.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=286504&.
My best wishes to you.
United States Senator