Thursday, July 24, 2008

Heller: Nuclear waste should stay put

LAS VEGAS -- U.S. Rep. Dean Heller says he supports nuclear energy, as long as the waste is stored where it is produced.

Heller, R-Carson City, and 10 other Republicans including House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio traveled last weekend to Colorado and Alaska to inspect energy production facilities.

Heller said Tuesday that he's not worried that building more nuclear power plants could speed development of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

He said radioactive spent nuclear fuel can be stored on site at plants around the nation.

Heller said national energy policy needs to focus on conservation, renewable energy and the environmentally safe development of more sources of energy.

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