State Seal From the office of
Governor Kenny Guinn
DATE: November 30, 2001
CONTACT: Greg Bortolin
PHONE: 775-684-5670
FAX: 775-684-7198


Gov. Guinn's reaction to Winston & Strawn's decision to withdraw as DOE's legal counsel

CARSON CITY - Gov. Kenny Guinn learned today that the law firm of Winston & Strawn has withdrawn its legal services from the Department of Energy.

"This withdrawal strongly supports that there was a conflict on the part of Winston & Strawn, which was simultaneously performing work on behalf of the nuclear industry and on the Yucca Mountain Project," Gov. Guinn said.

The Governor reiterated his request that DOE Secretary Spencer Abraham order the identification of all documents relating to Yucca Mountain.

"In my letter to Secretary Abraham earlier this week, I asked that he identify all documents, reports and other materials the Winston & Strawn law firm had any part in preparing," Gov. Guinn said. "Because this material may be tainted, I believe they may be unsuitable in the Yucca Mountain decision-making process, which includes a licensing proceeding before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission."