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The Environmental Working Group has created a website detailing the routes that could be used to transport radioactive waste to a proposed storage area below Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. The launching of the website, http://www.mapscience.org, comes as the Senate is preparing to vote on the controversial Yucca Mountain proposal, which is opposed by the state of Nevada and many environmentalists. EWG President Ken Cook said his organization doesn’t have a position on Yucca Mountain, but wanted to provide the public with an easy way to trace the proximity of the nuclear route to homes, schools, and places of work. Proponents of the Yucca Mountain proposal say that the status quo — leaving nuclear waste spread out in many locations around the country — is more risky than transporting the hot stuff to Nevada.