Las Vegas, NV - August 02, 2019
Yesterday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak joined U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry, Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette, and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on a tour of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Secretary Perry invited Governor Sisolak to tour the NNSS following DOE’s recent acknowledgement of shipping improperly characterized low-level radioactive waste from the Department’s Y-F12 Facility in Tennessee to the NNSS for disposal.
During the visit, the group received classified and unclassified briefings on the Site’s national security work and toured the NNSS’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex, the Device Assembly Facility, and the underground “U1a” facility. Governor Sisolak released the following statement after the tour:
"I appreciate Sec. Perry and senior DOE officials for providing a tour of the NNSS yesterday and, most importantly, I want to thank all of the Nevadans employed at the site who complete critical national security work every day -- they make our state proud. It is unfortunate that the important national security efforts conducted at NNSS have been overshadowed by the DOE's recent shipment missteps, and I remain committed to holding them accountable and establishing a more transparent working relationship with the State of Nevada and the many local communities impacted by the Department’s actions. I will remain diligent in ensuring all of the questions in my July 5 letter and the subsequent inquiries from Nevada’s Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) are fully and honestly answered by the DOE. As always, my top priority continues to be the health and safety of the citizens of Nevada."