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Bernie Sanders releases video opposing Yucca Mountain

Yucca Mountain

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Participants in a 2015 congressional tour of Yucca Mountain enter the project’s south portal. The site is near the Nevada town of Mercury, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released an online video decrying the proposed nuclear-waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain as an environmental risk opposed by Native American communities.

The video posted on social media Thursday does not feature Sanders but instead shows members of the Western Shoshone speaking out against the project.

The Vermont senator has previously spoken out against the proposal and is one of six senators running for president who is co-sponsoring legislation to block the waste from coming to Nevada.

White House candidates frequently tend to join Nevada's long-held opposition Yucca Mountain as they hope to win favor in the early-voting state.

The Yucca Mountain plan was suspended under the Obama administration but the Trump administration has moved to restart the licensing process for the site.