Gov. Guinn declares "the battle begins" as he vetoes Yucca
Mountain nuclear dump recommendation
PRNewswire, Las Vegas, April 8, 2002
Gov. Kenny Guinn declared his
historic decision to veto President Bush's nuclear waste recommendation
today as a wake-up call for America -- the day when the rest of America
will begin to realize that Yucca Mountain is not just a Nevada problem,
but a national one that affects every American.
"Let me make one thing crystal clear -- Yucca
Mountain is not
inevitable, and Yucca Mountain is no bargaining chip," Gov. Guinn
Monday morning in an address at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Alumni Center. "And, so long as I am Governor, it will never become
"Yucca Mountain is not safe, it is not suitable,"
continued, "and we will expose the Department of Energy's dirty
secrets about Yucca Mountain."
Gov. Guinn departed Las Vegas for Washington D.C. today,
Notice of Disapproval ("Veto") will be filed with both houses
Congress. Never before has a state been given the power to veto a
Presidential decision. Congress recognizes that Nevada has a right to
active voice in the selection of a location for the permanent storage
the most dangerous waste generated by mankind. In 1982, Nevada was
given the unequivocal right to veto the President's recommendation that
Yucca Mountain become the nation's nuclear waste dump.
"This veto belongs to each and every one of you
who have battled
against a project that would be detrimental to the public health and
safety of our citizens," Gov. Guinn said, "our precious natural
resources, and our economy, and to the other 43 states and hundreds
cities and towns in America through which this dangerous waste will
Gov. Guinn declared that the Department of Energy's
project is based on bad science, law and public policy. In 1987,
Congress selected Yucca Mountain as the only site it would study for
disposal of this dangerous waste. Notwithstanding that Yucca Mountain
is thousands of miles away from 90 percent of the nation's 110 nuclear
power plants, Congress was persuaded by one simple fact -- a population
of less than a million and only four legislative representatives.
"The fact that the Yucca Mountain decision was
made without any
analysis of the transportation risks to the 123 million Americans in
states through which this dangerous waste will travel is the dirty
little secret," Gov. Guinn said.
DOE plans to use Yucca Mountain for the disposal of
77,000 tons of
high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel from throughout the United
States and 42 countries.
Citing more than $100 million the nuclear power industry has spent
to promote the project, Gov. Guinn asked all Nevadans to contribute
at least $1 to the Nevada Protection Fund, which has recently topped
$6 million. To donate, visit http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste
or call toll free in Nevada 1-800-366-0990.