The Nuclear Triangle

Has the Southwest Been Selected as America’s Nuclear Waste Dump

Bill Addington stands West Texas-tall behind the register of the general store he runs with his mother in the tiny town of Sierra Blanca. He generally speaks softly but firmly, with the politeness of a southern gentlemen (“Yes, ma’am; No, sir”). He has the self-effacing tone of someone who grew up in a small town, where those who grew up in a small town, where those who talk too big are quickly “put in their place.” But when the subject of waste dumping comes up, his tone quickly shifts. Addington, president of Save Sierra Blanca, which opposes a proposed nuclear waste dump near El Paso, refers to the radioactive waste consortiums targeting his region as “the nuclear carpetbaggers,” conjuring up local sentiments dating back to the Civil War.