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February 18, 2019

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GOP budget plan would cut funds to fight Yucca Mountain

Yucca Mountain

U.S. Department of Energy

Yucca Mountain is located about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

CARSON CITY — A group of Republican Assembly members who unveiled a no-new-tax budget wants Nevada to stop fighting a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

The group is calling for some major cuts to state programs to balance the budget and wants to eliminate millions of dollars earmarked to fight the project, including $5 million that would go to the Attorney General’s Office.

Gov. Brian Sandoval opposes the cuts.

“It is irresponsible to put the health, safety and welfare of the people of Nevada at risk in the name of budget cuts,” he said. “I won’t negotiate on this.”

“I think the state has to be aggressive as possible in its opposition, and that means fully funding the Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office on High Level Nuclear Waste,” Sandoval said.

The Republican budget plan was announced Monday by Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Minden, and state Controller Ron Knecht.

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