I’m concerned that the federal government wants to bring yet more nuclear waste to Idaho. As a nurse practitioner, I believe Idahoans should take action to stop more nuclear waste coming to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) from the Hanford site.

The INL sits above the Snake River Aquifer which provides drinking water for 300,000 people. We cannot risk contaminating this major water supply with radioactive material which can cause cancers, leukemia, genetic damage and other serious health problems.

In addition, shipments of the untreated and untested nuclear waste would come through densely populated Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello in trucks and railroad cars. The risk of an accident is ever present and would be devastating to the land, water and health of residents.

The 1995 Nuclear Waste Settlement Agreement was made to prevent Idaho from becoming a nuclear waste dump as it had been in the past. We need our elected officials to stand up to the federal government and refuse to accept any more nuclear waste.

Terry Kaufmann,