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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Nye County letter on Yucca Mountain submitted to U.S. Senate Committee

Yucca Mountain photo from 2016 tour

Today, May 1, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) entered into the record a letter from Nye County supporting the restarting of the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository during. The letter was submitted during a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 in Washington, DC.

The letter, signed by Nye County Board of Commissioner Leo Blundo, states the majority of counties in Nevada passed resolutions in support of completing the safety review of the Yucca Mountain site, pointing out that Nye County is the host community of the site.

"Despite the claims by the State of Nevada that everyone in the State opposes the license proceeding, nine of the rural counties that surround Yucca Mountain favor the resumption of the license proceeding. Nye County -- the site county -- has favored a full and fair review of the science by the NRC for years. We want decisions to be made on Yucca Mountain to be based on facts and science and not empty rhetoric and fear mongering."

Nye County's letter (pdf)

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