LAS VEGAS (AP) - A transportation board heard from opponents of
a rail line that would haul nuclear waste from Caliente to the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain.
The three-member Surface Transportation Board held a meeting Thursday on the Department of Energy's request to proceed with the
$2.6 billion rail line.
The 319-mile rail corridor would stretch from Caliente across remote terrain rich in American Indian cultural sites and some ranching operations that date back to the late 1800s.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and other state officials testified against the plans.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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