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Sisolak requests meeting with Trump over secret plutonium shipment

Posted at 1:19 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 16:19:21-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Governor Steve Sisolak is requesting a meeting with President Donald Trump regarding the recent shipment of half a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada, as well as the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

Sisolak sent a letter to Trump on Feb. 27 with the request. You can read the full letter here.

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Last weekend, Sisolak declined to attend events for all 50 governors at the White House and the vice president’s residence due to the federal government’s decision to secretly ship the plutonium sometime in 2018 without notifying the previous governor, Brian Sandoval.

In response, the White House told KOLO 8 News Now (the ABC affiliate station in Reno) it was “open to discussions with the governor on this topic.”

The request from Sisolack comes after a congressional delegation scheduled to tour Yucca Mountain on March 1 was canceled.

Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen were supposed to meet with Energy Secretary Rick Perry at the tour.

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The governors office says it is working with Department of Energy to set up that meeting when the congressional visit is rescheduled.