Many newer residents haven't heard much about Idaho’s nuclear threats. Since the 1950s, the state has been a dump for some of the federal government’s most dangerous nuclear waste. Contaminated materials were buried above Idaho’s groundwater and even pumped into the Snake River Aquifer—the sole source of drinking water for one-fifth of our population. Radioactive isotopes will eventually threaten the Magic Valley's drinking water; the State of Idaho's own research says that the contaminated water beneath the Idaho National Lab will "probably take about 150 to 250 years" to reach the Magic Valley. 

In 1995, Republican Governor Phil Batt negotiated a Nuclear Waste Settlement Agreement that ended Idaho’s status as a default waste dump for the Feds. Only Idaho's future governor and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden can protect this agreement and stop even more dangerous nuclear waste from being stranded here.

Now, the Feds are pushing to weaken the agreement.

With little public input, Idaho’s top elected officials may allow more rail cars and truckloads of untested, flammable waste to come through our most populous communities, including Boise and Twin Falls via I-84. The proposed shipments would come in too fast for INL to treat and export them within the 1995 agreement’s one-year time frame, potentially stranding nuclear waste here forever.

Untested, potentially flammable or explosive nuclear waste doesn't belong on Idaho's public highways, let alone in the drinking water of future generations.