NV, March 2017-- The high-level underground nuclear waste
storage site at Yucca Mountain is once again front-page
news and a prime terrorist target--which makes FORETOLD
an even more timely and riveting read.
According to Energy Department reports, the Trump administration
has now begun the process of re-starting the controversial
$96B Nevada underground nuclear waste storage facility
--which was vetoed for safety reasons by President Bill
Clinton, and stopped a second time by President Obama
after President George Bush overturned Clinton's safety
veto. Now, once again, taxpayers are faced with the expense
and danger of opening and stocking the Yucca Mountain
repository, which is intended to hold 70-80,000 tons of
the country's most high-level nuclear waste, including
weapons-quality uranium and plutonium.
Scientists from the Los Alamos laboratory, environmental
groups, geologists and local politicians, officials, and
residents have all opposed the underground Yucca Mountain
dump, which is located in the third most active earthquake
zone in the continent, in an area crisscrossed by thirty-three
fault lines, including two lines that go directly through
the underground tunnels where the nuclear waste containers
will be stored. Scientists and geologists have all argued
that in the event of an earthquake those fault lines could
shift and allow water from the underground table to flood
the tunnels designed to hold the nuclear waste--setting
off an explosion large enough to shower the entire United
States with radioactive fallout.
Security, and government officials also fear the repository,
which is designed to be an unattended facility, will also
be a prime target for terrorists eager to obtain enough
nuclear material to construct dirty bombs capable of destroying
major cities and targets throughout the country.