Nevada Governor Gets Belated Invitation To Yucca Mountain Hearing

Gov. Jim Gibbons has been asked to testify at a key U.S. Senate committee hearing on Yucca Mountain next week.

A Gibbons spokeswoman says the Republican governor got the invitation Thursday, a day after he complained about being left out
of plans to examine the proposed nuclear waste dump.

In a letter to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Gibbons suggested partisan politics may have been to blame.

Boxer initially invited fellow Democrat Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to speak on the state's behalf.

The hearing will be the first Democrat-assembled examination of the Yucca Mountain project since the party took control of the Senate.

Gibbons' office says the governor has not yet decided if he will attend.