Nevada Opposition to Yucca Mountain Strong as Ever

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A state official says last week's elections did nothing to change Nevada's staunch opposition to southern Nevada becoming home of a high-level nuclear waste dump for the nation.

Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Executive Director Bob Halstead says President Barack Obama's re-election and Democratic gains that strengthened Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's position have eased fears the Yucca Mountain project could be resurrected.

He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal there were no changes in the state's congressional delegation or in the Legislature that sent a message that the state's opposition is weakening.

The Obama administration and Reid were instrumental in shutting down the Nevada nuclear waste repository site beginning in 2009.