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Yucca looks quite inviting ... from afar

As New England accumulates nuclear waste -- which it produced -- it eyes now-tabled Yucca Mountain with longing in its heart -- and lawsuits on its mind:

An empty $11 billion hole in a Nevada mountainside, a broken promise from the U.S. government to remove the radioactive waste, and mounting bills that could still saddle New England with mothballed plants and hundreds of spent-fuel casks, turning communities into mini-nuclear waste dumps for decades, if not forever. "It's the most expensive dry hole we've ever built," said Dave Lochbaum , a nuclear engineer and director of the Union of Concerned Scientists ' Nuclear Safety Project. "Who would trust the government with a dollar after they've wasted billions? We've messed this up as bad as we possibly could."

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.