Chuck Muth has a funny/interesting little blurb in today’s Nevada News & Views.
Over the weekend, someone faxed him some old copies of the Bullfrog County Times newsletter (circa the late 80s). Apparently this publication tried to tell ”the other side” of the Yucca Mountain issue – which Nevadans weren’t getting from Bob Loux and the Nuclear Waste Project Office (NWPO).
One Bullfrog newsletter mentioned a letter-to-the-editor written by a man from Carson City who had suggested that “Nevada should be receiving financial compensation for the study of Yucca Mountain.”
According to the Bullfrog, Bob Loux of the NWPO “mobilized his office, cranked up the typewriters and copy machines, called in all of his envelope stuffers, and fired off [a]…news release to every newspaper in the state, large and small…” In his missive, Loux insinuated that the original letter-to-the-editor was written by the Department of Energy or someone in the nuke industry, “implying that no right-thinking Nevadan could possibly conclude on his own that our state should be compensated for what’s happening at Yucca Mountain.”
The Bullfrog concluded: “The poor guy in Carson City must be wondering what he did to incur the wrath of an entire agency. We’ll tell you what you did, sir. You dared to think for yourself. You dared to speak the unspeakable. That’s the way it is in Nevada these days. And it appears that no one in any higher position cares what Loux does with his power or budget.”
Twenty years later, it looks the ghosts of Bullfrog’s past can croak with joy as they finally get to see Lady Justice comin’ ’round the proverbial Mountain for Mr. Bob Loux.