Nevada: Feds Should Restudy Seismic Risk at Nuke Dump Site
LAS VEGAS — Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert.
In a opinions by the state’s top earthquake experts: James Faults at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and Graham Kent at the seismological laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.
They said scientific tools developed since Yucca Mountain was studied in the 1980s and 1990s could provide enhanced satellite imaging of desert surface features; new mapping of faults and seismic hazards; better charts of the age and frequency of past earthquakes; and help create models for the effects of quakes close and far from Yucca Mountain.
“The Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, which began July 4 and has yet to subside, clearly highlights the importance of such studies,” Faults and Kent said.
BLM Finalizes Burning Man Environmental Review
RENO — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued a final environmental impact statement for the Burning Man counter-culture festival that will cap attendance at the current 80,000 limit for the annual gathering in the northern Nevada desert.
The formal record of decision released Wednesday was mostly a formality that made no changes in the final proposed version issued June 14. It will serve as a guide for rules and restrictions for special use permits over the next 10 years.
Burning Man organizers had wanted the flexibility to expand to as many 100,000 people at the event held the week leading up to Labor Day about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno.
They say a possible bump in the limit could still be considered in future years but they’re satisfied to remain at the current level for now.
Children Injured After Bounce House Blown into Power Lines
RENO — Authorities say strong winds blew an inflatable bounce house with three children inside into power lines, causing electricity to be temporarily cut off to thousands of people in Nevada.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says the bounce house was uplifted about 10 feet (3 meters) and got caught on the lines in Reno on Sunday afternoon.
Deputies and firefighters rescued the children, treating two at the scene and taking the third to a hospital. The child’s condition was not immediately known.
The sheriff’s office says it contacted NV Energy, which turned off power in the area.
NV Energy says about 3,000 people were affected by the outage. Electricity was restored about 2 hours later.