Nevada tribe won't allow nuclear waste transport

MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site.
The Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada won't allow its reservation to be used to transport nuclear waste.

The Department of Energy wanted to use the reservation to build a rail line to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. But after studying the issue, the tribe decided against the project.

"The tribe will not allow nuclear waste to be transported on rail through our reservation," Chairwoman Genia Williams said, the Associated Press reports.

The Yucca Mountain facility would store up to 77,000 tons of nuclear waste. But is far behind schedule amid widespread opposition in Nevada.

The site is located on Western Shoshone treaty land. More than a dozen tribes are located near the site.

Get the Story:
Tribe derails Yucca plans (The Reno Gazette-Journal 4/19)
Walker River tribe pulls permission for Yucca Mountain rail line (AP 4/18)
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Relevant Links:
Western Shoshone Defense Project - http://www.wsdp.org
The Yucca Mountain Project, Department of Energy - http://www.ymp.gov
Nuclear Waste Project Office - http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste

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