No nuclear jeopardy in Wyoming

  Will a nuclear waste dump be Wyoming's economic salvation? No way, says the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Its new report, Nuclear Jeopardy: A Citizen's Guide to Understanding High Level Radioactive Waste in Wyoming, spells out the group's opposition to a proposed private dump site. Not only would the Owl Creek Energy Project damage the state's tourism industry, says the report, but transportation of the waste from distant reactor sites could also lead to highway accidents. The Riverton, Wyo.-based Nuclear Energy West (NEW) Corp. is pushing the project for central Wyoming, but the idea isn't popular with Gov. Jim Geringer: He recently turned down the company's request for a state-endorsed study of the proposal. Supporters include Republican state Sen. Bob Peck and Republican state Rep. Eli Bebout, both members of NEW Corp." s founding board of directors. "It's the same group (of supporters) every single time," says Caroline Byrd of the Wyoming Outdoor Council. "They just don't take "no" for an answer." If the corporation pushes ahead with its proposal, Byrd says, the state's taxpayers will have to spend about $1.7 million just to process the project application. For a free copy of Stephanie Kessler's 28-page report, write to the Wyoming Outdoor Council, 262 Lincoln Street, Lander, WY 82520, call 307/332-7031, or find the report on the Web at www.wocnet.org.


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