Governor Sisolak Requests Meeting with President Trump to Discuss Plutonium Shipment, Yucca Mountain

CARSON CITY, NV February 28, 2019

Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a meeting to discuss the recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration shipment of half a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada, as well as the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

“As governor, I am committed to ensuring the safety of Nevada’s citizens and the protection of the state’s unique environment and economy from the extraordinary risks posed by Yucca Mountain,” Governor Sisolak wrote to President Trump. “On behalf of Nevada’s over three million residents, I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you these matters of critical importance to my state.”

Last weekend, Governor Sisolak declined to attend events for all 50 governors at the White House and the vice president’s residence due to the federal government’s decision to secretly ship weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada sometime in 2018 without notifying the previous governor, Brian Sandoval. In response, the White House said it was “open to discussions with the governor on this topic.” The governor indicated in his letter his willingness to travel to Washington, DC to meet with the president at his convenience.

A congressional delegation led by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) was scheduled to tour Yucca Mountain this Friday, March 1st, with Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen accompanying. Energy Secretary Rick Perry was also scheduled to attend; however, the trip was cancelled. Governor Sisolak’s office reached out to DOE about setting up a face-to-face meeting with Secretary Perry while he was slated to be in Nevada, and the governor’s office is working with DOE to set up that meeting when the congressional visit is rescheduled.