Grade (Office Use Only)SUBJECT CODE: ENG 112STUDENT NO:Date received (Office Use Only)STUDENT NAME:PROGRAMME: KEUKAINTAKE: October, 2014
Subject Name: College English 2
Assignment Number: 02
Due date of assignment: 24/11/2014 Submission date: 24/11/2014
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According to John M. Shimkus, Republican of Illinois, who is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said that: "Today's report confirms what we've expected all along: Nuclear waste stored under that mountain, in that desert, surrounded by federal land, will be safe and secure for at least a million years. The Energy Department selects Yucca Mountain as one of five candidate sites under a procedure laid out by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and Congress designates Yucca as the prime site. However, this project is blocked by President Obama and by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. Yucca Mountain is not technically acceptable appointed by Timothy Frazier, a former Energy Department official. Additionally, Yucca is near the Nevada Test Site exploded hundreds of nuclear bombs. The Energy Department collects tens of billions of dollars in fees from reactor owners to take the wastes. If the project is not successful, the Energy Department may suffer billions of dollars of damages for the contract failure.Yucca Mountain is located in Nevada, about an hour northwest of Las Vegas. It is in the desert, and the land it occupies includes public land, Nevada Test Site land, and Nellie Air Force Base land. Yucca Mountain is not a safe disposal site because of some following reasons. First of all, it will be a threat to groundwater. Nuclear waste cannot be disposed of; it only can be stored, and the Department of energy has indicated that if radioactive waste is stored in Yucca Mountain, it will leak into the groundwater someday. As a result, the groundwater is contaminated, people will be harmed by drinking this water, eating produce and meat grown with the contaminated water (http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/yucca.pdf). Thirty-five thousand gallons of milk per day from the Armargosa Valley in Nevada are sold in Los Angeles, California. Cows that have been exposed to the contamination through their feed and drink. Therefore, if radioactive waste leaks and contaminates the groundwater beneath Yucca Mountain, it not only affects seriously to the health of nearby residents but also many people who drink milk produced on dairy farms in the region. Secondly, the largest problem confronting Yucca Mountain is transporting the radioactive waste from temporary storage sites. The waste would be transported by truck and train. Inevitably, accidents would occur during this process. Moving waste to Yucca could create more than one more nuclear site. Furthermore, shipping waste to Yucca Mountain will not decrease the terrorist threat associated with spent fuel; it may even increase the risk by putting nuclear waste on the country's rails and roads (http://ieer.org/resource/factsheets/yucca-mountain/). Thirdly is the danger of earthquakes. Earthquakes and volcanic activity could potentially disrupt the waste packages and speed up release of radioactive materials. An earthquake in the vicinity of the proposed high-level nuclear waste...