Las Vegas is the country’s most visited tourist destination, with visitors coming from all over the world. The optics on storing the nation’s nuclear waste within such close proximity to such a large populace of people, let alone over 42 million visitors annually, are awful. A permanent storage solution should be centrally located, and should not be in immediate vicinity of millions of Americans. If the argument is that Yucca Mountain is “already existing”, then build a new one more strategically and safely located. Had Congress started doing this all those years ago when this initially became a debate, the project would have been done by now, and we would already be storing the waste. New plants could be built and we could make further progress on reducing energy carbon emissions.