Reported by: Antonio Castelan
Published: 11/20/2015 6:49 pm
Updated: 11/20/2015 6:56 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- The plan for storing U.S. nuclear waste just hit another roadblock. The state is telling the federal government Yucca Mountain isn't a safe site for those living nearby Amargosa Valley.
State nuclear regulators say 14-hundred people living in Amargosa Valley would be in danger if radioactive waste made its way to nearby Yucca Mountain.
Bob Halstead with the State Agency for Nuclear Projects said, "It's not a question of whether radioactive contamination would come out of the repository. It's a matter of when it would come out. How much would come out? How far it would travel. How quickly it would travel the groundwater gradient through Amargosa. Valley."
Bob Halstead with the State Agency for Nuclear Projects helped draft the 53-page report.
Halstead stresses groundwater contamination is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to Yucca Mountain being used as nuke dump site.
Halstead said, "We were very disappointed that the nuclear regulatory commission having found that the Department of Energy had done a difficult job is assessing impacts failed to correct those deficiencies."