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24 Thursday, September 11, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Forum Pahrump Valley Insurance Life Group Medical 727-5700 Phone & Fax Roger W. Burnley C.L.U. 200iaa,ad Over 4,000 Plants in Stock Cactus Inyo Co. solid waste disp,)s00d plan TECOPA,CA - A well attended town meeting was held Wednesday September 10 in the Hurlbut-Rook commu- nity center concering solid waste disposal in lnyo County particulary in the Shoshone - Tecopa area. The meeting was led by Chuck Hamilton, assistant county administra- tor. Also present were Michael Dorame, 5th District County Supervisor, Bob Kennedy & Bob Herd of Environmental Health and several other planners involved in the issue. Bob Herd spoke of the need to meet state mandates as outlined in the five year plan already in place. "The State of California has regulations in place, and we must comply with them or the State will come in and take over manage- ment of the dumps." Chuck Hamilton explained the five year plan. Most of the plan has been implemented with the fencing of the Bishop and Lone Pine dumps and with dumpsters placed in Keeler and Darwin and other places. The Shoshone and Tecopa dump sites will be fenced and gated. The Shoshone site would be closed to the public. The Tecopa site would be open only four days a week with dumping allowed only during specified hours. Hamilton asked for community input to establish the days of the week and the hours of operation. As a tenative schedule, Thursday through Sun- day were the days chosen, with 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm as the hours. He also stated that another meeting would be held for more community input before things were final- ized. All in attendance seemed to agree that the Tecopa dump site now is an eyesore and that something needs to be done to control dumping. The reason Tecopa was chosen over Shoshone was because it has an estimated life of 30 years as opposed to 15 years at Shoshone. Dumpsters would be placed in several locations in Shoshone and Charlston View and would be hauled to the Tecopa site by a private contractor awarded the contract by open bid. The on site person will probably be a county employee who would check and record loads brought in and then cover the refuse. The possibility of a private contractor doing this is also being explored. Funding would come from a half cent sales tax. When asked when this would be done, Hamilton stated the plan called for it to be completed by May, 1998 and they hoped it would be done sooner. For further information or to give input write to Chuck Hamilton, Waste Manager, 785 N. Main, Suite J., Bishop, Calif. 93514. Scientists find plutonium in ground water WASHINGTON, DC - Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan spoke out about a new study unveiled Wednes- day September 10 at the American Chemical Society Confer- II Ill 00alley Dental G00o., Offices Closed Sept 13- 20 FOR SUMMER VACATIONS 727,6615 1420 E. State lfi#lway 72 rahmmp, NV, 89041 Some can be REAL BORING! We've been boring for over 15 years! Come see what we've discovered. Meet some of the top minds in earth sciences and learn about the results of our boring and drilling programs. While you tour Yucca Mountain, you'll also hear about nuclear and environmental sciences and waste management. To reserve your tour date, you'll need to provide your full name, address, social security number, date and place of birth, and telephone number. Tours are ()pen to any U.S. citizen* over the age of 14, and will be filled on a first-come basis. Box lunches will be provided at a cost of $6 per person, or guests may bring their own lunches. So discover a whole new mountain of learning, Yucca Mountain. Make your reservations for one of these Saturday tour dates, September 20, October 18, or November 15, by calling 295-5555, weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. * Non-U.S. citize;s please call lot more inlormation. ence in Las Vegas that demonstrates groundwater contamina- tion from plutonium at the Nevada Test Site. Scientists from Los Alamos and Livermore Laboratories found compelling evidence that the plutonium detected in the ground water had originated from a 1968 testing event called BENHAM. This is the first time that plutonium has been detected in ground water any significant distance from a detonation point. The Senators said that this study offers more scientific evidence against a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain. "I have always believed that science would show that Yucca Mountain is no place to store the most dangerous substance known to mankind," Reid said. "This report offers compelling new evidence in our case against a long term repository at Yucca Mountain. We have always been con- cerned about potential ground water contamination. Now we YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT have the cold hard facts to prove that radioactive waste moves a lot faster and further through ground water than we ever thought it would. Those who are pushing to make Nevada the nation's nuclear dumping ground should take serious note of this report. There is a lot of work that needs to be done on radiation and groundwater before anybody starts storing any high level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain or the Ne- vada Test Site." "Anotherred flag has been raised up the YuccaMountain flagpole," Bryan said. "This new report on the speed with which plutonium has migrated through the water table at the Nevada Test Site should send shock waves through the sci- entific community working to prove that high level nuclear waste can be stored at Yucca Mountain. The scientific evi- dence continues to mount that Yucca Mountain will never be found suitable as a nuclear dumping site because basic health and safety protections for Nevadans can never be assured. While this report fo- cused on the NevadaTest Site, far greater quantifies of radio- active materials would be stored at Yucca Mountain. The Department of Energy needs to take this report seriously and not sweep it under the rug as has been their instinct in the past." The Senators plan to fur- ther study the report in com- ing days to analyze its long term impact on Nevadans and the Nevada Test Site.