Governor Sisolak: Yucca Law Based on Political Science, Not Earth Science

CARSON CITY, NV - April 02, 2019

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak released the following statement on the Department of Energy’s plans to turn Nevada into America’s nuclear waste dump.

“As Nevada leaders – both Democrats and Republicans – have done for decades, my administration and I will continue to oppose the Department of Energy’s unsafe plans for plutonium and nuclear waste storage in our state. As the Defense Nuclear Facilities Board – a federal safety board – pointed out recently, earthquake risks make the Nevada National Security Site unsuitable for plutonium and make Yucca Mountain unsuitable for nuclear waste. Furthermore, the proximity of Nellis Air Force Base to both sites increases the unacceptable risk of accidents and exposure of nearby communities to toxic material.

“As Senator Catherine Cortez Masto clearly and forcefully explained today during her questioning of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the 1987 law designating Yucca as the nation’s only nuclear repository site was based on political science, not earth science. Nevada will never stop fighting this unsound, unsafe, and costly mistake."

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