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Goodman on nuclear waste plan: 'Enough'

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman discusses the Department of Energy's plan to ship nuclear waste to Nevada on Tuesday, May 5. (FOX5) Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman discusses the Department of Energy's plan to ship nuclear waste to Nevada on Tuesday, May 5. (FOX5)

News that the Department of Energy will begin shipping nuclear waste to Southern Nevada is not sitting well with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

The plan is for the low-level waste to be stored at Nevada National Security Site, located about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

“I find it absolutely incredulous that we are continuing to be the recipients without knowing when, where and how 64 miles outside the city of Las Vegas,” Goodman said.

This isn't a new battle. For the past three years the mayor has met with Nevada's governor and other leaders to discuss stopping the shipments.

In 2002, Carolyn Goodman's husband, then-Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, said he'd block shipments to Yucca Mountain himself if needed.

“We're going to do whatever it takes, even if we have to lie down in front of the tracks,” Oscar Goodman said.

Carolyn Goodman on Tuesday said her devotion to stopping the shipments equals her husband's.

“I think the traffic is a little heavy, but if it would take that and be successful in stopping it, you better believe it, but we don't know that it's coming through (Interstate) 95,” she said.

Goodman and other mayors are convinced radioactive materials being transported 2,000 miles on failing roads and across bridges and railways represents serious danger for communities across the United States.

“The entire United States says enough, put your money into research and deactivate and neutralize all this waste that continues to be forthcoming all these years,” she said.

Goodman acknowledged allowing waste to be transported through and stored in Nevada could bring funding to the state, but said there are better ways to obtain it.

Goodman further said that although she's been assured only low-level waste would be coming to Nevada, she worries about what materials might find their way here if initial shipments prove successful.

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