The White Pine County Nuclear Waste Project Office monitors the Yucca
Mountain Project activities, especially in regard to potential shipments of
high-level radioactive waste through White Pine County and its communities.
Highway 93 passes directly through McGill and Ely in very close proximity to
residences, businesses and schools. It is a primary route through White Pine
County for tourists traveling to and from the Pacific Northwest. Although this route is not currently
identified as an alternative for transporting high-level waste, it is used for
transporting low-level waste to the Nevada Test Site, and there is concern
that high-level waste could potentially be transported via this route.
The residents of White Pine County want to ensure
that transportation routes to Yucca Mountain would not endanger their health, welfare and quality
of life. With tourism and ranching as major economic sources for the region,
White Pine County
cannot afford adverse impacts or the stigma associated with the transportation
of radioactive materials. All parties involved want to ensure that potential
high-level waste transportation through the County does not pose serious health
risks or adversely impact the County's socioeconomic and demographic condition.