Yucca Mountain Project: federal, state and tribal struggles for sovereignty


Millions fight to save Nevada's people and land from nuclear waste. The Yucca Mountain Project has gone from bad to ugly, and now involves a number of law suits involving federal, state and tribal sovereignty over Yucca Mountain; environmental health concerns; and, a need for nuclear waste disposal of the world's and the United States' nuclear waste.

Although there are no nuclear energy plants in Nevada, the federal government has nearly completed building an underground nuclear waste disposal facility. The ecological hazards of such a facility are horrendous and nuclear waste will certainly leak into underground water supplies in the forseeable future. However, because Nevada lacks much representation in Congress, and is home to some of America's military nuclear testing sites, the federal government has refused to listen to the outcry of Nevadans, Native Americans and environmentalists.

The federal government and federal courts have refused to give remedy to opponents of the nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. While the fight is not finished, the cases evolving around the Yucca Mountain Project uncover ugly truths about the lack of justice provided by the United State's court system; Congress' lack of concern for the safety and health of Americans; and, the disrespect repeatedly endured by Native Americans as their tribal sovereignty is trampled by the United States government.

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