Yucca Mountain Rail Line Hearing to Be Held Monday

A public hearing is set for Monday in Las Vegas over plans to build railway to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Department of Energy officials are set to discuss air issues and other potential environmental impacts.

The hearing is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cashman Center.

Last week, Clark County officials issued a statement encouraging
residents to "speak up on Yucca Mountain" by attending the hearing or sending e-mails.

Recently, Energy officials indicated the cost of the project is likely to increase beyond the initial projection of some $58 billion.

They have vowed to meet a self-imposed deadline of applying for a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in June.

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