Recent History: Nuclear Waste Legislation in Congress

Readers Note:  If enacted, HR 45 and S.608 would have allowed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to begin transportation of high-level nuclear waste from the nation's nuclear power reactors and defense facility to the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.  Among other things, the laws would have allowed temporary storage of waste in Nevada based on the assumption that Yucca Mountain would someday be found suitable as a high-level waste repository.  If the repository is not approved, however, the waste would have to be moved again to some future disposal location, thus increasing transportation risks to the public. As it stands now, the transportation of thousands of shipments of waste to Nevada over a thirty year period will impact 43 states.  This will effect more than 50 million Americans who live within one half mile of highway and/or rail transportation routes.

Press Coverage – From 10/99 Through 04/2000

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     President Clinton fulfills a promise Tuesday and vetoes legislation that would have cleared the way for thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste to be shipped to Yucca Mountain. With the president are, from left, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev. AP Photo

  •  See Full Story -- Clinton vetoes Yucca bill -- Supporters of a plan to store the nation's nuclear wastein Nevada vow to try to override the veto -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)

  • April 26, 2000 -- Reid, Bryan and Gibbons praise Clinton's nuclear waste bill veto  Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan, both D-Nev., and Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., joined in praising President Clinton on Tuesday for vetoing legislation designed to accelerate plans to dump nuclear waste in Nevada -- Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal (Carson City).

  • April 25, 2000 -- Clinton Vetoes Nuclear Waste Bill  ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton vetoed legislation as expected Tuesday that would have cleared the way for thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste to be shipped to Yucca Mountain in Nevada.  Nevada lawmakers and national environmental groups hailed the action for blocking transportation of 40,000 tons of the lethal material that piled up at commercial reactors in 31 states.

  • April 24, 2000 -- Clinton To Veto Nuclear Waste Bill  ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton is poised to veto legislation that would have allowed storage of thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the Nevada desert.  Clinton promised weeks ago to veto the bill, and the White House said he would carry it out Tuesday.The legislation passed the House on a 253-167 vote in March, and the Senate 64-34 a month earlier; At least two-thirds of those voting are required for an override.

  • April 23, 2000 -- Nuclear industry won't ease up - Relentless lobbying continues despite promised veto  WASHINGTON -- The nuclear power industry's relentless lobbying effort (see photo) continues on a bill that would send nuclear waste to Nevada, despite President's Clinton's plan to veto it this week - By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN



     

     

     

     

     

  • April 19, 2000 -- Nuke bill opponents plan veto ceremony   WASHINGTON -- President Clinton's staff is scrambling to put together a veto ceremony, possibly Thursday, for a bill that would speed shipments of nuclear waste to Nevada -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN.  Republicans last week held a ceremony of their own to celebrate the bill passing both the House and Senate. They shipped the legislation to Clinton urging him to sign it - By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • April 16, 2000 -- Editorial (Las Vegas Sun) Truth takes a beating  Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday pressed President Clinton to sign legislation that would send high-level nuclear waste to Nevada by 2007. To get an indication of how hell-bent they are on sending this poison here, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., showed he will say anything to mislead the public.  Take this outrageous gem: "For almost two decades Congress has been working to find an environmentally sound solution to the management of spent fuel -- a solution that would ensure that public health and safety would be the first priority," Hastert said. "With this bill, we have such a solution."

  • April 11, 2000 -- GOP convenes over nuke waste bill  Leaders hope to pressure Clinton on Yucca plan -- WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders in Congress gathered today to officially send the nuclear waste bill to President Clinton   The rare "enrollment ceremony," reserved for major legislation, also was designed to send Clinton a message:  Congress approved the bill, so should you. - By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • March 24, 2000 -- Nuclear issue on hold until next year,  Texas congressman to push for Yucca site   WASHINGTON -- The congressman who likely will lead the charge on the next nuclear waste-to-Nevada bill said Thursday that he won't push the measure this year.  Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told the Sun that he would wait until next year when a new president inhabits the White House before sending any more Yucca Mountain legislation to the House floor -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • March 22, 2000 -- House panel prods nuclear waste bill  Despite state officials' efforts, the House plans a vote today on opening Yucca Mountain early.  WASHINGTON -- A House panel Tuesday night rejected 15 amendments offered by Nevada lawmakers to a bill that would send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain as early as 2007 -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Published in the Las Vegas Review Journal)

  • March 22, 2000 -- Washington, D.C. A furious lobbying effort paid off today for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and her House allies who opposed a bill (S. 1287) that would have created a temporary high-level nuclear dump in Nevada and tossed out stringent radiation exposure standards. In a sharp improvement from the last time the House voted on temporary nuclear dump legislation, 167 members voted against it, far more than necessary to sustain an expected veto by President Clinton. It was the first time the House mustered sufficient votes to sustain a veto on a temporary dump bill.

  • March 20, 200 -- Nukes near?  Speaker of the House discusses possibility of key vote this week -- The House of Representatives this week will consider a controversial Senate bill that would bring nuclear waste to Nevada by 2007, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said in Las Vegas Sunday -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN

  • March 09, 2000 -- Energy secretary hopes for waste pact this session - Compromise needed on bills  WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said Wednesday he still hopes to cut a deal with Congress this year that would speed nuclear waste storage in Nevada.  "We (were) close to a deal in the Senate, and, hopefully, the House can revive this," Richardson told the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau - Las Vegas Review-Journal

  • March 07, 2000 --House to vote on nuclear waste later this spring  A bill that would allow shipping 40,000 tons of highly radioactive waste to Nevada by 2003 has been tentatively scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this spring.  A similar bill has passed in the Senate by a 64-34 vote, not enough votes to override a promised veto by President Clinton, and the issue was thought to be dead for this Congress -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN

  • February 27, 2000 -- (Edidorial - By Richard Bryan,a Democrat, represents Nevada in the U.S. Senate): Nevada delegation again fights off nuke-dump bill -- Congress should no longer waste time on this special-interest issue  Earlier this month, an environmental policy disaster was averted. Nevada scored a major victory when the number of senators who voted to pass the current nuclear waste bill did not exceed the number needed to override President Clinton's promised veto. The vote was 64-34 in favor of the bill, but it takes 67 votes to override a veto -- Published in the Las Vegas Review Journal

  • February 12, 2000 -- Richardson agrees with waste bill veto  Energy Secretary Bill Richardson fortified the Clinton administration's stance on a Senate-approved nuclear waste measure, saying Friday he will recommend the president veto the bill because it lacks environmental protections for Nevada -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal .

    Secretary Bill Richardson

  • February 11, 2000 -- Nuke industry gave $18,000 to Murkowski  WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, the chief sponsor of a Senate bill that allows for shipment of nuclear waste to Nevada, received $18,013 from the nuclear power industry in 1999, an analysis shows.   Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both D-Nev., received no money from nuclear power plant operators or their lobbyists.  The campaign money data was provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign contributions, and analyzed by Public Citizen, a liberal citizens advocate group.  The study revealed the nuclear industry handed about $475,000 to 48 senators last year --(AP)

  • February 11, 2000 -- State officials, pleased by Senate vote on Yucca bill, shift focus to House  WASHINGTON -- Nevada's two House members are bracing for debate should it come this year on a nuclear waste bill that would bring the nation's highly radioactive nuclear waste to Nevada.  The Senate passed its version of the bill 64-34 Thursday, although President Clinton threatened a veto and 34 Senate votes would sustain it By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • February 10, 2000 -- Reid, Bryan cheer vote count, which allows for Clinton veto   WASHINGTON -- The Senate today passed by a crucial 64-34 vote a bill that establishes rules for shipping nuclear waste to Nevada. President Clinton has threatened to veto the bill, and the Senate needs only 34 votes to sustain a veto --By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • February 08, 2000 -- Atomic waste bill fixed for Senate vote  A sponsor is striving to salvage a measure that Nevada lawmakers hope will sustain a Clinton veto.  WASHINGTON -- As Nevada lawmakers appeared poised to muster enough votes to sustain a presidential veto, the sponsor of a nuclear waste bill revived talks late Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a compromise.  Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the panel's leading Democrat, apparently to discuss possible changes in Murkowski's bill.  By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau ( Las Vegas Review-Journal)

  • February 5, 2000 -- Key senator won't support revised nuclear waste bill  WASHINGTON -- Nevada lawmakers' chances of fending off a nuclear waste bill received a boost Friday when a leading Democratic senator announced he will not support a revised version of the legislation.  Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, had been negotiating a compromise with the panel's chairman, Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. "I will not support the (bill) currently being circulated," Bingaman said in a statement. "I have serious disagreements with a number of provisions including the radiation standards, transportation provisions, and the fact that no progress has been made to solve basic funding problems." -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)

  • February 3, 2000 -- Revised Yucca bill nearly complete Murkowski: Reid, Bryan will get a sneak peek  WASHINGTON -- The Senate sponsor of a bill that could bring 77,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste to Nevada is scrambling today to finalize key amendments, aides said.  Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, hopes to put finishing touches on the bill so that debate in the Senate can begin next week, spokeswoman Tina Kreisher said.   Murkowski plans to give Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both D-Nev., a peek at the amended nuclear waste bill today or Friday -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN.

  • February 01, 2000 -- Reid, Bryan appeal to colleagues in bid to defeat Yucca Mountain bill  LAS VEGAS - Nevada's senators sought support from colleagues Tuesday while the author of a nuclear waste bill moved to make the measure more palatable to the White House.  Sens. Harry Reid and Richard Bryan sent letters to fellow senators seeking support in efforts to derail a bill designating Yucca Mountain as the nation's nuclear waste dump.  The appeal came as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., began action on the bill and Sen. Frank Murkowski huddled with key Democrats and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson on a compromise that could pass presidential muster -- By Robert Macy ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • February 01, 2000 -- Nuclear waste bill to proceed in Senate  A possible compromise on radiation standards may smooth the passage of Yucca Mountain legislation.  WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., filed paperwork Monday that clears the way for senators to begin debating legislation that would send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain by 2007 -- By Tony Batt, Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

  • January 16, 2000 -- Editorial: (Las Vegas Sun) Relentless fight over nuke waste   Congress has a lot on its agenda when it returns Jan. 24 from its holiday adjournment -- a patient's bill of rights, tax cuts and Social Security reform are just a few of the important issues that will confront lawmakers. Although it doesn't dominate the front pages of newspapers elsewhere in the nation, or lead the network evening newscasts, another issue that should get attention is how far the federal government is willing to go to jeopardize the safety of residents of a small state. Powerful interests in Washington will try once more to pass legislation to make it easier to send high-level nuclear waste to Nevada -- despite mounting scientific evidence that shows how unsafe it would be if left inside Yucca Mountain.

  • December 05, 1999 -- Senators gear for next round of Yucca battles   WASHINGTON -- The Senate's two leading supporters of storing nuclear waste in Nevada are preparing for fierce battle with Nevada Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid. Sens. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska - Send it to Nevada!!!!want to send the nation's nuclear waste -- eventually 77,000 tons -- to Nevada for permanent storage. Waste now stored at nuclear power plants across the nation would be shipped to Yucca Mountain 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas as early as 2007, according to the latest nuclear waste storage bill. Craig and Murkowski are gearing up for another debate on the bill to come after Congress resumes Jan. 24. The two will continue to clash with Bryan and Reid, Democrats who are well known for opposing waste storage in Nevada -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • November 14, 1999 -- Columnist Jeff German (Las Vegas Sun): Gaming has sat out nuke dump fight long enough  NEVADA'S two Democratic senators, Harry Reid and Richard Bryan, last week again managed to delay an inevitable vote on bringing high-level nuclear waste to Nevada.  Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi told Reid the nuclear waste bill won't be brought up before Congress adjourns for the year this week.  But a Lott spokesman said a vote likely would take place early in 2000 when Congress reconvenes.  The bill allows the nation's nuclear power plants to begin sending their waste to a storage site 90  miles from Las Vegas as early as 2007.  For the past 12 years, Reid and Bryan have been leading the fight on Capitol Hill against overwhelming odds.  And they've been doing it for the most part without strong backing from the state's most important industry -- gaming.

  • November 12, 1999 -- Senate won't debate nuclear waste bill this year   WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has decided to end the year without debating whether to store tons of lethal nuclear waste in Nevada, but the state's lawmakers are bracing for a fight early next year -- AP Story

  • November 11, 1999 -- Lott tells Reid nuke waste bill won't be debated until next year   WASHINGTON -- Sen. Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., told Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.,privately on Wednesday that he would not bring up the nuclear waste bill in Congress this session, Reid said -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • November 11, 1999 -- Nuclear waste vote put on hold by Lott  Bryan, Reid urge caution with regard to Yucca Mountain bill  WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., has decided to wait until next year before scheduling a Senate vote on a bill to send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain as early as 2007, according to an environmental newsletter.   By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau -- Las Vegas Review-Journal

  • November 5, 1999 -- Says state buying time as session nears end  LAS VEGAS - Chances of a vote on a controversial nuclear waste bill are growing slimmer as Congress nears adjournment, but a protracted budget battle between President Clinton and Republicans could change the politicial landscape  By ROBERT MACY, Associated Press Writer

  • November 01, 1999 -- Bryan, Reid set to block nuke waste bill debate  WASHINGTON -- Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both D-Nev., are ready to block debate this week on a bill that would bring nuclear waste to Nevada as early as 2007 --By Mary Manning and Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

    October 29, 1999 -- Senator Lott Fails in his Effort to File a Cloture Motion on Nuclear Waste Bill Bryan vowed to use every tool at his disposal to derail effort  WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MI) today failed in his plan to file a motion to invoke "cloture" in the U.S.Senate in his first formal attempt to bring S. 1287, the Nuclear Waste Amendments Act of 1999, to the floor of the U.S. Senate for consideration. Majority Leader Lott backed off of his effort to file cloture after U.S. Senator Richard Bryan (D-NV) warned the Majority Leader that he would not allow the Senate to consider the Bankruptcy bill or any other legislation once a cloture motion for the nuclear waste bill was invoked. While Senator Lott failed to file cloture today, it is expected that he may file the motion at some point next week. However, with the Senate calendar for the year quickly coming to a conclusion, with an expected adjournment date within the next several weeks, the remaining time for the consideration of this misguided legislation is quickly slipping away.

  • October 27, 1999 -- Senate eager to debate nuke waste bill before Congress adjourns   Nevada lawmakers stand ready to block latest legislation - A bill that would bring high-level nuclear waste to Nevada as soon as 2007 may end up a victim of an avalanche of work the Senate has to complete before its session ends for the year -- By Marry Manning, Las Vegas Sun.

  • October 26, 1999 -- Nevada senators fight late push for nuke bill  WASHINGTON -- Nevada Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid today promised to fight a last-minute push in Congress to pass a bill that would bring nuclear waste to Nevada as early as 2007 -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • October 22 1999 -- DOE Letter from Bill Richardson (Secretary of Energy) to Gov. Kenny C. Guinn re: Concerns about S. 1287

  • October 13, 1999 -- Chances dim for nuclear waste debate   WASHINGTON -- Expectations that the Senate will engage in a fiery debate on nuclear waste are fizzling -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN

  • September 16, 1999 -- Yucca Mountain alternative passes, House OKs Berkley amendment on new ways to handle nuclear waste.  An amendment for studying cutting-edge technology to handle highly radioactive wastes at reactor sites, instead of shipping 70,000 tons of it to Yucca Mountain, has passed the House.  Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., offered the amendment Wednesday to the Department of Energy's authorization bill for researching and developing ways to change nuclear waste into something less deadly. It passed on a voice vote -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN

  • August 18, 1999 -- Yucca layoffs possible;Budget cuts may also mean delays in scientific studies   If Congress cuts the Energy Department's budget too much, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project faces major layoffs and delays, an official said Tuesday -- By Mary Manning, Las Vegas Sun

  • August 6, 1999 -- Domenici's plan could contain Yucca's fate  The fate of alternatives to dumping 70,000 tons of highly radioactive waste into Yucca Mountain lies within the proposed Senate Energy and Natural Resources budget -- By Mary Manning, Las Vegas Sun

  • August 3, 1999 -- Berkley criticized for her vote on appropriations bill  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., is taking some political heat for her recent vote on an energy and water appropriations bill. The measure contained $20 million for a Clark County flood control project, but also included $169 million to promote nuclear waste disposal in Nevada -- Associated Press, Las Vegas Sun

  • August 3, 1999 -- Berkley explains vote on waste bill  Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., defended her vote last week for an energy and water appropriations bill because it contained $20 million for Clark County flood control projects. The bill also contains $169 million to push nuclear waste disposal in Nevada without designating any of the money to state or local government oversight -- Las Vegas Sun

  • June 17, 1999 -- Nuclear waste plans junked: Senators vote 14-6 to reject plans for interim storage of nuclear waste at the Nevada Test Site  WASHINGTON -- After a battle of almost five years, Nevada won a huge victory Wednesday when a Senate panel voted 14-6 to scrap plans to store nuclear waste at the Nevada Test Site before a permanent repository is built in the state -- By Tony Batt, Las Vegas Review-Journal

  • June 16, 1999 -- Vote opposes Test Site nuke storage: Senate panel decision opts against Test Site  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee abandoned temporary nuclear waste storage at the Nevada Test Site today, opting to keep it piled at reactor sites in 34 states -- By Mary Manning, Las Vegas Sun

  • June 08, 1999 -- Congressman blasts plan to take nuke waste spending off budget  RENO(AP) - Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., blasted efforts in the U.S. House Tuesday to exempt an $8 billion nuclear waste fund from the balanced-budget law that applies to most other federal spending -- Associated Press, Las Vegas Sun

  • May 20, 1999 -- Senate committee delays nuclear waste disposal vote  WASHINGTON -- It was like group therapy for members of a Senate panel Wednesday as they aired their views on legislation to send nuclear waste to Nevada before deciding to put off a vote until after Memorial Day -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau, Las Vegas Sun

  • April 30, 1999 -- House wrestling with sending nuclear waste to Nevada Budget panel ponders bill WASHINGTON -- The road to the House floor is getting longer for a bill to send nuclear waste to the Nevada Test Site by 2003. House Budget Committee chairman Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, has received permission from House Republican leaders to conduct hearings on the legislation. Kasich, who also is a candidate for president in 2000, has raised concerns about changes the bill makes in how the nuclear waste program would be funded -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau, Las Vegas Review Journal

  • April 22, 1999 -- Nuke-waste bill appears veto-bound WASHINGTON -- A bill that would bring the nation's high-level nuclear waste to the Nevada Test Site as soon as 2003 was approved 39-6 Wednesday by the House Commerce Committee. "This is the same sequence of events that we have seen time and time again as the nuclear power industry tries to shove the nation's nuclear waste down Nevada's throat," Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., said The committee's vote does not mean Nevada is any closer to becoming the nation's dumping ground for highly radioactive waste piling up at nuclear power plants -- By Mark D. Preston Las Vegas Sun

  • April 15, 1999 -- Revised bill would put nuke waste at Test Site  (WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee debated today whether to create an interim facility to store nuclear waste at the Nevada Test Site while the Department of Energy determines whether Yucca Mountain is a viable permanent repository to store high-level spent nuclear fuel -- By Mark D. Preston, Las Vegas Sun)

  • April 14, 1999 -- Revised bill would put nuke waste at Test Site  (WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee debated today whether to create an interim facility to store nuclear waste at the Nevada Test Site while the Department of Energy determines whether Yucca Mountain is a viable permanent repository to store high-level spent nuclear fuel -- By Mark D. Preston, Las Vegas Sun)

  • April 14, 1999 -- Environmentalists reject Yucca dump  (WASHINGTON -- An alliance of environmentalists offered a plan Tuesday that would eliminate Nevada as a nuclear waste storage site, and take management of highly radioactive spent fuel away from the Energy Department -- By Tony Batt , Las Vegas Review-Journal Donrey Washington Bureau.

  • March 31, 1999 -- Commonwealth Edison supports plan to keep material out of Nevada (By Mary Manning Las Vegas Sun)

  • March 27, 1999 -- Senator considering nuclear waste option  (New Mexico's Sen. Pete Domenici indicates there might be an alternative to storage in Yucca Mountain. WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., set off a buzz this week when he suggested there might be a workable alternative to the permanent storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain -- By Tony Batt Las Vegas Review-Journal, Donrey Washington Bureau)

  • March 25, 1999 -- Nevada officials rip interim storage plan LAS VEGAS -   A bill calling for interim storage of nuclear waste at the Nevada Test Site is "a legislative train wreck" that represents a massive waste of taxpayer money, Nevada officials contend -- By Robert Macy ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • March 25, 1999 -- Governor, AG protest interim nuclear storage at Nevada Test Site (Gov. Kenny Guinn and Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa both protested a bill Wednesday that would allow interim storage of nuclear garbage at the Nevada Test Site -- By Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal)

  • March 21, 1999 -- Editorial: New report questions dump study  (Republican U.S. senators last week introduced companion legislation to a bill already in the House that would send nuclear waste to the Nevada Test Site by 2003. They call it a "temporary" dump, but once it is in this state it would never leave, even if a scientific inquiry finds that storing nuclear waste in Nevada is dangerous - Las Vegas Sun)

  • March 19, 1999 -- House panel puts waste bill on hold Questions about the cost of an interim storage facility at the test site hold up legislation on nuclear waste. WASHINGTON -- A second U.S. House committee has delayed action on nuclear waste amid new indications that legislation to establish a temporary repository at the Nevada Test Site is struggling in Congress By Steve Tetreault Las Vegas Review-Journal, Donrey Washington Bureau

  • March 16, 1999 -- Berkley (Congress women NV)says House short of anti- nuke votes  (CARSON CITY -- Nevada probably will not be able to garner the 147 votes in the House needed to sustain a promised veto by President Clinton on a bill to ship nuclear waste to an interim dump at the Nevada Test Site, Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said Monday -- By Cy Ryan - Las Vegas Sun, SUN CAPITAL BUREAU

  • March 16, 1999 -- Revised bill renews push for nuke waste at Test Site  (WASHINGTON -- Saying the time is long overdue for the federal government to take responsibility for the nation's nuclear waste, four senators introduced legislation Monday that would make Nevada a temporary dumping ground for the nation's high-level nuclear waste by 2003 -- By Robin Brown and Mark D. Preston Las Vegas Sun

  • March 16, 1999 - Nuclear waste bill introduced in the Senate (A measure making the test site a temporary dump might be veto-proof this time, Republicans say. By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau -- Las Vegas Review Journal

  • March 12, 1999 -- Energy boss: Keep nuke rods at plants (A temporary high-level nuclear waste storage site in Nevada proposed by Congress could cripple the Department of Energy's efforts to find a permanent waste disposal solution, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said today. By Mary Manning -- LAS VEGAS SUN)

  • March 09, 1999 --Gephardt says he'll vote against nuke shipment bill  ( LAS VEGAS -- The most powerful Democrat in the U.S. House says he will vote against a bill to ship nuclear waste to a temporary storage facility in Nevada, joining growing opposition to the plan -- By Robert Macy ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • February 25, 1999 -- Energy chief shifts course on storage of nuke waste -- The Department of Energy this morning proposed managing the nation's nuclear waste at power plants across the country rather than requiring Nevada to become the interim dumping ground for the spent nuclear fuel -- By Mark D. Preston Las Vegas Sun

  • February 17, 1999 -- Nevada officials united against nuclear dump (by Cy Ryan Las Vegas Sun). CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn's summit on nuclear waste Tuesday produced a unified stand of top elected officials who have pledged to lobby Congress and enlist business and labor in the battle to keep the high-level radioactive materials out of Nevada.

    Senator Richard Bryan (NV) at summit meeting in Carson City

  • February 10, 1999 -- Nevada's Congressional delegation united in effort warning Congress of the serious problems associated with "temporary" storage at Yucca Mountain


     

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