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Recent California earthquakes that rattled Las Vegas have shaken up arguments on both sides of a stalled federal plan to entomb nuclear waste beneath a long-studied site in southern Nevada.
Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said this week his legislation to jump-start the process to open the Yucca Mountain project is based on studies that take seismic activity into account, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .
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Spent nuclear reactor fuel is currently stored at 121 sites in 35 states, and Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the earthquakes showed the need to move spent radioactive waste from places where it is currently stored above ground to a more secure repository.
"This doesn't change my view," Barrasso said. "We need to find a permanent location for the storage of nuclear waste. I think it's much safer in Yucca Mountain than in a hundred different locations."
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Nevada officials disagree, and the 6.4 magnitude and 7.1 magnitude tremors over the July Fourth holiday appeared to have bolstered arguments by opponents of the radioactive waste repository.
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat from Las Vegas and a longtime Yucca Mountain storage foe, immediately labeled the second shake "yet another reminder of how dangerous it would be to make Nevada the dumping ground for the nation's nuclear waste."
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen said the temblors "highlight the very real dangers" the state would face with nuclear waste storage.
U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, a Democrat whose congressional district includes Yucca Mountain and North Las Vegas, cited a...
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