Southern Utah residents heard on nuclear test site via

ST. GEORGE – A majority of visitors to a public hearing Thursday on the future of the former Nevada Test Site voiced concerns about continued nuclear activity, saying they want to see a scaling back of activity in the Nevada desert that hosted 828 nuclear tests over the years.Officials with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration are seeking public comment on a 1,500-page draft environmental impact statement as they consider possible future operations at the site, located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Since nuclear tests were halted in 1992, the site has been used for taking care of the nuclear stockpile, performing smaller-scale tests, training emergency responders for nuclear accidents and a host of other functions. Officials are considering other potential uses as well, such as solar energy projects.

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