House bill introduced to counteract Nev. governor’s veto of Yucca Mountain

By Sylvie Dale, Online Editor

April 12, 2002 — U.S. Rep. Joe Barton on Thursday introduced a bill which would override Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn’s veto of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste storage site. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.

Barton has scheduled a hearing on the issue for April 25.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman said his Senate Energy Committee will begin discussing the issue after the Senate finishes debating the energy bill, which could be within the week, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

To get the ball rolling again, both the House and the Senate must override the state’s veto by a simple majority vote.

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.

Guinn filed his veto with both houses of Congress on April 8, commenting that “the battle begins.”

“Yucca Mountain is not safe, it is not suitable,” Guinn said, “and we will expose the Department of Energy’s dirty little secrets about Yucca Mountain.”

Guinn’s main objection to the use of the site is that he feels that the safety of the waste transportation process has not been adequately researched.

The proposed waste disposal site is 90 miles from Las Vegas and has been researched for years.

The House should be able to override the State of Nevada comfortably, Dow Jones reported, but the Senate vote is seen as much closer.

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