The overwhelming congressional vote approving Yucca Mountain apparently has had no effect on the fanatics looking to put an end to nuclear power (July 10). Having failed to thwart the democratic process, they now are attacking the shipment of spent nuclear fuel. Transporting nuclear waste poses essentially no risk to the public. There have been thousands of shipments of nuclear fuel over the last few decades without a single incident that threatened the public. The containers are designed to withstand tremendous impact and fire, and these shipments will be carefully routed and monitored.
This country needs to get on with dealing with nuclear waste rather than leaving it to sit indefinitely at the reactors. If we are concerned about risk, we need to take into account whether letting the fuel simply sit in fuel pools or outdoor silos is a better solution.
James E. Owens