Department of energy moves plans forward to turn Yucca Mountain into nuclear waste repository. Public comment period deadline January 10, 2008

Yucca Mountain is sacred to the Shoshone as an herb gathering site, for rituals, and as a part of their stories. Yucca Mountain is known in Shoshone language as Snake Mountain; indeed it looks like a snake. It is said that the snake was headed north when it froze where it is. Furthermore it is said that it will move again and "flip around". Geologists say that there are thirteen different fault lines running through it.

Yucca Mountain is the only site under consideration for disposal of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste. All tribal governments of the region oppose the Yucca Mountain Project. Of particular importance is the Treaty of Ruby Valley, still in force between the Western Shoshone Nation and the United States. The treaty outlines Western Shoshone land, “Newe Sogobia”, which includes Ucca Mountain. Newe Sogobia has been declared “nuclear free” by the Western Shoshone National Council. Thus, Yucca Mountain Project violates Shoshone sovereignty and law.

The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for implementing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. The DOE released two Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements related to repository changes and rail transportation of high-level waste in Nevada.

Public hearings have not been well attended, statements mostly in favor of the plan to put all of the nuclear waste in the country in this one sacred place. Activists were told that if we do not go on record with a statement, they will have no legal recourse later on. Local papers & media spin have recently stated that opposition to the nuke dump had dropped of since the passing of Corbin Harney. read more>>>

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