Ely Daily Times

Bryan slams interim storage bill


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Son. Richard Bryan delivered a bristling speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday after a House subcommittee approved a bill that would create an interim nuclear waste storage facility at the Nevada Test Site.

"The bill approved by the subcommittee today is a last-ditch effort on the part of the nuclear power industry to help save this dying industry," Bryan, D-Nev, said. "Nevadans, however, should not he the ones who have to pay the ultimate price."

The House Commerce energy and power subcommittee approved the legislation Wednesday morning that would develop an interim storage facility at the test site, 65 miles northwest of here, until a permanent repository is licensedYucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. is the only location being studied for a permanent site.

President Clinton has said he will veto any bill designating Nevada as an interim site.

Bryan called the bill "an environmental and fiscal travesty" and said it had no chance of being enacted into law.

Reps. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., sent a letter to their House colleagues urging them to oppose the bill.

"There is no reason to spend hard-earned taxpayers' money to create a centralized, high-level nuclear waste interim storage facility in Nevada," the letter said.