Poll: Public still opposes Yucca Mountain project
LAS VEGAS ” A newspaper poll shows that most Nevada voters want to fight government plans to build a national nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas.
In a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 58 percent of respondents said they wanted to fight the Yucca Mountain repository plans, while 33 percent wanted to let the project move forward.
Pollster Brad Coker says the numbers show no change in public perception about the project because they are similar to results seen four years ago.
Earlier this month, the Energy Department filed the long-delayed application to build and open an underground repository to entomb 77,000 tons of high-level commercial, industrial and military nuclear waste now stored at 121 sites in 39 states.
The application amounts to a design blueprint and an operating manual for the repository.