By By Karen M. JohnsonThe Washington TimesAug.
14, 2018 6:56:22The United States is in the midst of an emergency because of the radioactive material in a small town in the Rocky Mountains, where people are taking shelter, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The United Nations says radioactive material is being released from one of the reactors at the plant in Yucca Mountain near Las Vegas.
But officials in the town of Fayetteville, Nev., have been concerned about the possibility that radioactive material could escape, a spokeswoman said.
In April, a local woman filed a lawsuit against the town and the state of Nevada, alleging that residents have been exposed to radiation from the plant.
The town had not been contacted by authorities since, said Maria J. Ponce, spokeswoman for the Fayette County attorney’s office.
A local resident, John G. Williams, said he had seen a large amount of material in his yard last month that was leaking.
He said it had not spilled.
Williams said the county has had a lot of people living there who are very knowledgeable about nuclear safety.
“They don’t know anything about what’s going on, and that’s what makes this so scary,” Williams said.
He said he went to the county with the intent of getting his lawn sprayed.
“I had no idea that there was anything in my yard that was going to be a problem,” he said.
Residents in Fayetteland have been living in shelters since the start of the disaster, but Williams said they’ve had a few people who live in the same building.
Williams, who has been working as a mechanic for the county, said there have been some problems with the roof and plumbing, but he said it wasn’t a big deal.
“If there’s no damage, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about,” he told the newspaper.
The government said it’s investigating the situation in Fentonville.
A statement from the Department for Homeland Security said the safety of residents in the community is paramount.
“Our federal employees are conducting a thorough review of the circumstances of this incident, including any information that may have led to this incident,” the statement said.
It said the agency has been in touch with local authorities and is working with local and state officials.
A report from the United Nations agency’s Nuclear Disarmament Monitoring Center said radioactive material had been released from the reactors in Fence Creek and Yucca, Nevada.
The center reported that about 1,000 tons of material was released at one time.
The reactor at Yucca has been shut down for three weeks due to the radioactive contamination.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said it is taking steps to reduce the amount of radiation in the air.
The agency said it was working to limit the amount released at Fence Falls and at Yuanta Lake.