Nevada Appeal

Nevada Appeal
Sunday, May 9, 2004

Unity needed on state's opposition to Yucca

I was shocked by the decision of the State Republican Party to remove opposition of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain from the Republican Party platform, as reported in the Nevada Appeal. This decision breaks with years of Nevada's solid bipartisan opposition to the proposal that nuclear waste from all over the nation be shipped to, and stored in Nevada.

The State Democratic Party platform unambiguously continues to oppose the storage of the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada; but, for the first time, the State Republican Party appears to have placed the interests of national politics over the interests of Nevadans. Political actions to weaken Nevada's position against the repository at a time when the seismic, drainage and geotechnical evidence is strengthening Nevada's position seems particularly unfortunate.

Our representative form of government works best when members of all political parties pursue principled positions in the public interest. When political parties follow their principles and put the interests of their constituents above party politics, :they find that we all have more in common than the rhetoric sometimes suggests. Bipartisan cooperation should and until now has come naturally on local issues like Yucca Mountain, as exemplified by the position of the Nevada congressional delegation led by Sen. Harry Reid. We want our congressional delegation and our state officials, like Gov. Kenny Guinn and Attorney General Brian Sandoval to know that, while we undoubtedly disagree on some important issues, the people of Nevada, Democrats and Republicans alike, support their continued opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository.

STEPHANIE HAGUE
Chair
Douglas County Democratic Central Committee