Yucca Backers Among Protesters of Obama Reno Visit

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Some of the protesters outside President Obama's town hall meeting in Reno wanted to make sure he knows not all Nevadans oppose construction of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Leaders of the group called Nevadans 4 Carbon Free Energy want to jump start the project as a broader energy park that would reprocess waste and generate new power. Carrying signs that said "Open Yucca Nevada Energy Park," they criticized Obama for paying lip service to the nuclear industry while ignoring the need for long-term storage of radioactive waste.

Randy York, a member of the group's board, says many people speak out of the side of their mouth that they are in favor of nuclear energy, but he says it will never ramp up until the storage problem is solved.


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