LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Days after President Donald Trump sent out a tweet seemingly reversing his position on Yucca Mountain, Gov. Steve Sisolak says he hand-delivered a letter to the Trump administration commending the president's decision.
In a press release to the media, Gov. Sisolak said he gave Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, a letter praising the decision to not include funding for Yucca Mountain-related activities in the fiscal year 2021 budget.
On Thursday, the president tweeted that his administration will respect Nevada after the state has argued that the site is not suitable for a national nuclear waste dump. The president's administration has tried for several years to revive the stalled project.
Nevada, I hear you on Yucca Mountain and my Administration will RESPECT you! Congress and previous Administrations have long failed to find lasting solutions – my Administration is committed to exploring innovative approaches – I’m confident we can get it done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2020
Yucca Mountain is about 100 miles from Las Vegas.
Read the full letter addressed to the president from the governor:
February 8, 2020
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I understand that your Fiscal Year 2021 Budget will include no funding for Yucca Mountain-related activities. This is a welcome development in the fight to protect the health and safety of Nevada families now and for generations to come.
If you are committed to protecting Nevada in perpetuity, I recommend you also express your resolve to veto any legislation that would undermine the State’s legal standing or consent requirements (e.g., S.2917 or H.R.2699).
As a country, we have an opportunity to move beyond the tired fight over Yucca Mountain and into an era of consent-based siting for nuclear waste. Nevada would welcome your support on these matters.
Governor Steve Sisolak
State of Nevada
CC: Nevada Congressional Delegation