Las Vegas Science Center open for comments on Yucca Mountain |

Las Vegas Science Center open for comments on Yucca Mountain

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevadans will have another chance to tell the Energy Department what they think of plans to build a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain.

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced Tuesday that the department’s Las Vegas Science Center will serve as an extended hearing facility to receive testimony about Yucca Mountain.

The DOE earlier this month gathered public comment in Las Vegas on a scientific report that identified no major obstacles to making Yucca Mountain the national repository for 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste.

The hearing lasted 8 hours, and many residents complained they didn’t get to speak.

Public hearings also will be held Oct. 10 in Amargosa Valley and Oct. 12 in Pahrump.

The Science Center will be open to receive comments beginning Wednesday. The center is closed Sundays and Mondays.

A DOE official and a court reporter will be at the center to receive the comments. Citizens are encouraged to reserve time slots.

Abraham is expected to recommend to President Bush by the end of the year whether the site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas is suitable to begin accepting nuclear waste in 2010.

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