September 17, 2014
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.