President Trump does an about-face on Yucca Mountain stance
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
To many Nevadans, it is the most unsettling political issue of all.
Even after decades of debate and consideration, the idea of storing the nation's nuclear waste just 90 miles north of Las Vegas at Yucca Mountain still remains a possibility.
Most Nevada leaders have taken the same position on the issue, arguing it would only put our state at risk.
The prospect resurfaced again in March when Energy Secretary Rick Perry agreed with President Trump's budget proposal, which called for $120 million to restart the Yucca licensing process.
Fast forward to this past weekend, when the president was interviewed by our sister station KRNV in Reno. "I'm very inclined to be against it. I know Dean Heller has been fighting it and I think you should do things where people want them to happen," said the President.
An apparent about-face on an issue that has had many in the Silver State on edge.
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mary Beth Sewald is cautiously optimistic. She says, "The Chamber hopes that this current position would stand strong, and become administration policy, even after the election."