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Nevada leaders still discussing Tennessee nuclear waste agreement

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August 14, 2013

By Sarah Rosier


Carson City, Nevada: Federal officials and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) are still in discussion about the disposal of nuclear waste that originated in Tennessee. Energy officials claim that memos between the state at the Department of Energy confirm that Nevada had agreed to properly dispose of 403 containers of uranium. However, Sandoval's office claims that they are not aware of these memos.[1] Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, even went so far as to testify under oath during a Senate hearing on the existence of these memos. Both Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Dina Titus has come out publicly against the transfer of this nuclear waste.[2]

In addition to this waste, Nevada's nuclear waste program at Yucca Mountain is still under review, despite pressure from the Obama administration to shut the site down completely. A decision by the United States Court of Appeals allows for a commission to continue independent safety reviews of the nuclear repository.[3]

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