Saturday, October 07, 2006

While you were being entertained by Paris Hilton and football, unscrupulous people have decided to convert Nevada into the dump site for the nation.

Norcal Waste Services, of San Fransisco, intends to send up to 4000 tons of garbage a day to Lincoln County, by rail.

The Federal Government has surreptitiously approved the transfer 4,408 metric tons of Mercury into Hawthorne.

North from Las Vegas, there is a not-so-scenic dump site right along the side of the road at the old Coyote Springs area south of Alamo.

Northwest from Las Vegas, there is a not-so-scenic low level nuclear dump site just south of Beatty.

And, of course, there is the high level Nuclear Waste Site that the rest of the nation has been trying to force upon Nevada.

At this rate, Nevada will someday be just a big dump site. I don't believe that the citizens of Nevada want this. I don't believe that this is what's best for Nevada. I don't believe that this is the way things have to be. We need to act now – or else – the wave of garbage coming into our state will become a tsunami.

But there is good news, however. Kudos to the Nevada State Supreme Court for leaving out the regulatory takings section of the measure to modify eminent domain laws. (You can see the original ballot question here.) If they had left section 8 in the measure, it would have economically prohibited our communities from being able to stop a private land owner from doing whatever they wanted with their property. On the surface, this might seem like a good idea. But, how would you like it if your neighbor decided to put in a waste dump, and there was nothing you could do about it.

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