"A fire at a nuclear waste dump in Beatty did more than just snarl traffic — it shone a light on the close relationship between the state of Nevada and the company that runs the low-level repository.
US Ecology, which operates the sole hazardous waste landfill in the state, manages 22 low-level nuclear waste trenches in Nevada, which were filled up from 1970 to 1992. Next to the nuclear storage site, the company also operates one of the eight hazardous waste and treatment facilities in the state.
Drivers on U.S. 95 can often see the company’s trucks driving in and out of the desert. They’re carrying hazardous chemicals and materials largely from California to that facility, made up of storage tanks and lined holes in the desert that range in the size from a sandbox to a a few football fields."