Inspired into anti-nuclear activism by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring myself, I want to correct a mistaken impression in your article “Green heroine” (4/28, FYI).
The proposed Yucca Mountain, Nev., national dump site for high-level radioactive waste is not a done deal. In fact, it’s looking more and more like it will never open.
Just as happened at the previously targeted salt formations at Lyons, Kan., the scientific studies at Yucca have shown the site to be entirely unsuitable geologically. This is good news for Kansas City.
If the Yucca dump is ever opened, your community would be one of the hardest hit in the country in terms of high-level radioactive waste shipments by truck and train bound for Yucca.
These “mobile Chernobyls” and “dirty bombs on wheels” could release catastrophic amounts of radioactivity in the event of a severe accident or attack.
Carson’s Silent Spring not only warned about the dangers of toxic chemicals, it also warned about the hazards of radioactivity.
Nuclear waste specialist, Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Takoma Park, Md.