State Seal From the office of
Governor Kenny Guinn
DATE: July 9, 2002
CONTACT: Brian O. Catlett
PHONE: 775-684-5670
CARSON CITY: 775-684-5670
CELL: 775-848-0639
FAX: 775-684-5689


Gov. Guinn's statement regarding the U.S. Senate, Yucca Mountain vote

CARSON CITY -While disappointed the Senate did not uphold my veto of the Yucca Mountain project, it is clear we have made considerable headway in convincing others that Yucca Mountain is a bad idea. The U.S. Senate vote today is the beginning of Nevada's legal and regulatory fight to stop the Yucca Mountain project. Despite flawed science, the lack of transportation planning, and now the lack of a clear consensus from the Senate, the Yucca Mountain project has barely survived another round.

For the first time, most Americans and their elected representatives were made aware that Yucca Mountain is not a safe or effective place to store nuclear waste. Obviously our message has changed some minds. A large number of Senators now realize that by the time Yucca Mountain is filled to capacity, the nation's power plants will still be storing more than 90 percent of the nuclear waste they now have. Now the process moves to the federal courts, where the playing field is level and Nevada's factual, scientific arguments will be heard by impartial judges. The Department of Energy and the nuclear industry will no longer be able to hide behind the political process and wield their influence to move the Yucca Mountain agenda. Now, for perhaps the first time in this process, the DOE will finally be held accountable for its many imprudent and unsound decisions, and we are highly confident that Nevada will prevail.