Dick Anderson is an environmental specialist at Death Valley National Park:
wasn't complete agreement with the Desert Protection Act within the
park. Just because it was the law doesn't mean it was
wholeheartedly supported by the staff, not at all. Myself not
included - I like the law. The more protection we have, the better
it is for the few wild lands we have left.
got groundwater contamination coming our way from the Nevada Test
Site, future groundwater contamination from Yucca Mountain (a
proposed nuclear waste storage site), groundwater contamination
from the low-level radioactive dump site near Beatty, the expansion
of Fort Irwin and then low-level (military) overflights within the
"Then you have this big black line on the
map, and inside that is what we're supposed to protect. I think we
ought to say (the Desert Protection Act) helps us do our job, this
helps us protect resources better. It's a little bit of a pat on
the back that says this land is more important than we thought."