Wednesday, June 12, 2002

hazardous travel

"Not in My Back Yard" is a common phrase in the environmental law field, often shortened to the acronym "NIMBY." Chances are good that not too many Delawareans have been paying much attention to the plans to bury radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. After all, Nevada is clear across the country. Well, National Geographic points out something that many of us weren't considering. The waste has to get to Yucca Mountain before it can be buried there. You can calculate how close one of these travel routes is to your home and your place of work with an online map from the Environmental Working Group. The closest path to me is 2.5 miles. That's almost in my backyard.

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