House Votes To Approve Nevada Nuclear Waste Landfill

Date: May 9, 2002

Source: News Room

The U.S. House of Representatives has endorsed President George W. Bush's decision to bury nuclear waste from across the country in Nevada's Yucca Mountain. On a vote of 306-117, the Republican-led House approved a bipartisan resolution to override Nevada's veto of the project to build the nation's first permanent nuclear waste storage facility 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The House sent the measure for needed concurrence to the Democratic-led Senate. Senate Republican leaders predict their chamber will also approve the $58 billion project with the help of Democrats from states with nuclear reactors and mounting radioactive waste sometime in July. The proposed site would permanently hold 77,000 tons of radioactive material and would open in 2010.

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