Governor issues statement on proposed Yucca funding

Yucca Mountain graphic by MGN.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak responded Monday, March 11, 2019 to President Trump's inclusion of $116 million in his proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Department of Energy to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain.

In a statement, he said:

“President Trump’s request to restart the process for turning Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste dump is yet another example of the federal government ignoring the will of Nevadans by attempting to shove even more unwanted toxic material down our throats. My administration will continue to exercise all options available to ensure this deeply unpopular project never sees the light of day. Our congressional delegation has my full support in fighting this latest attempt by the federal government to dump nuclear waste in Nevadans’ backyards without our consent.”

In January 2019, Governor Sisolak vowed to stop the nuclear waste site from coming to Nevada during his State of the State Address. "Let me make something perfectly clear: Not one ounce of nuclear waste will ever reach Yucca Mountain while I'm Governor. Not on my watch," he declared.