Gibbons announces a Yucca summit before inviting the participants
WASHINGTON — Gov. Jim Gibbons announced today he would be convening a Yucca Mountain summit.
That comes as news to some of the lawmakers potentially involved.
Gibbons wants to assemble Nevada’s congressional delegation, as well as state officials, in coming weeks to coordinate efforts to block the federal government’s proposed nuclear waste dump 90 miles north of Las Vegas.
“We must continue the fight against this ill-conceived project,” the governor said in a statement, “and I look forward to sitting down with everyone to ensure we’re doing everything we possibly can to protect health and economic well-being of all Nevadans.”
But most of the lawmakers in Washington had not yet been invited by the governor to the meeting.
Sen. John Ensign’s spokesman said the senator would hope to attend, if possible.
“Bringing everyone together on such an important issue to Nevada is worthy and will show a continued front against a flawed project based on the wrong policy for America,” said spokesman Tory Mazzola.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, a Democrat, “welcomes the Governor’s recognition that the Bush-McCain Yucca Mountain plan is a threat to Nevada families,” her spokesman David Cherry said, referring to the president and the presumed Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, who supports the dump.
The federal government this week submitted its application to build the dump to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a milestone of sorts for a long-delayed project. The submission sets up a potentially years-long battle between Nevada and the feds. Most Nevadans oppose locating the waste repository in their state.