Federal Board to Consider Yucca Mountain Rail Plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal Surface Transportation Board says it'll consider a government proposal to build a railroad line to haul nuclear waste across Nevada to the site of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

A lawyer representing Nevada tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the state might appeal.

A three-member rail board panel on June 27th denied state of Nevada contentions that the Energy Department hasn't completed plans to build and operate the 300-plus mile rail line.

Dubbed the "Caliente Corridor," it's being designed to haul spent nuclear fuel from Caliente across Nevada to the Yucca Mountain site, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Panelists say the government can't be expected to provide everything at this point, with the rail line still several years away from operation.

The state contends the Energy Department lacks operating and safety plans and a meaningful analysis of terrorism risks.

The state also challenges the adequacy of environmental material included in the application.

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