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Weighing in on the debate over storing nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, mayors from across the country stated over the weekend that they do not want high-level radioactive waste shipped through cities until the safety of communities along the transport routes can be assured. The resolution was drafted by the energy committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and urges adequate funding, training, and equipment for communities along the nuclear path for at least three years before shipping begins. The roughly 300 mayors attending the annual meeting are expected to formally approve the resolution today. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said the Bush administration had deemed the shipments safe, and that there might be a greater danger in leaving nuclear waste at power plants across the country.