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April 29, 2017

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What happens after Trump’s executive order on national monuments
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Using his executive authority, President Donald Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Wednesday to review national monument designations dating back to the Clinton administration. Since the early 1900s, presidents have used a law called the Antiquities Act to create national monuments. But the act is ...
Nevada leaders speak against plans to revive Yucca Mountain project
Nevada leaders speak against plans to revive Yucca Mountain project
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Draft legislation to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project brought almost all of Nevada’s congressional delegation together Wednesday to express opposition in Washington, D.C. ...
No amount of spending will make Yucca Mountain nuke dump a good idea
No amount of spending will make Yucca Mountain nuke dump a good idea
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
EDITORIAL:
In reaction to news that a hearing on a bill to resurrect the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository had been scheduled in a congressional subcommittee this week, a group of 80 organizations has ...
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EPA directed to evaluate moving LV lab to Alabama, per White House budget doc
Thursday, April 20, 2017
As part of the federal budget process, a White House office in March asked the Environmental Protection Agency to consider relocating its Las Vegas lab to Alabama or another state, according to details of an internal document shared with the Sun. The agency’s current lease with UNLV, which began housing the ...
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Bill targeting Red Rock housing project is rewritten; developer still not pleased
Monday, April 17, 2017
The fate of a planned housing development near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area won’t be decided by the Nevada Legislature after a proposed bill that would have killed it was gutted and rewritten. But officials believe the revised bill still sets a foundation for ...
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Gauging the Trump effect on energy, the environment and land in the West
Monday, April 17, 2017
On a brisk day in late February, we pulled off a one-way, unpaved loop and watched cattle dogs guide five cows across a flat basin. Weeks of heavy winter storms meant the Southern Nevada desert’s iconic drive-by shrubbery appeared greener and fuller. Two months after then-President Barack Obama designated this 300,000-acre expanse the Gold Butte National Monument, little else had changed. The cattle remained controversial. The Bureau of Land Management continued saying it had ...
Group wants emissions settlement to pay for clean-energy school buses
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A Nevada trust fund whose money was born from an automaker’s cheating on emissions tests should be used to buy clean-energy school buses, a local ...
New Mexico, Texas seek licenses to store spent nuclear fuel
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
he race for what to do with spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants is heating up as backers of a plan to build a temporary storage site in New Mexico made the rounds ...
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Proposed bill would stymie development near Red Rock Canyon
Friday, March 31, 2017
A bill being considered in the Nevada Legislature could end a long-standing battle over a proposed housing development near Red Rock Canyon. But first, lawmakers need to address possible unintended consequences in ...
Core sampling begins on proposed stadium site
Core sampling begins on proposed stadium site
Friday, March 31, 2017
One of the first steps in the process of building the proposed Las Vegas Raiders stadium has been taking place this week. Nova Geotechnical and Elite Drilling Inc. have ...
Court date set in battle over development near Red Rock Canyon
Thursday, March 30, 2017
A date has been set for the next step of a legal battle over a proposed housing development located miles from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. District Court Judge Jerry Wiese will hear arguments ...
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Nevadans in Congress nearly united against nuke dump funding
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Nevada's congressional delegation is nearly united decrying President Donald Trump's request for Congress to allocate $120 million to restart the licensing process for a national nuclear waste dump in the desert outside Las Vegas. The state's U.S. senators, Republican Dean Heller and ...
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Save Red Rock group alleges county sidestepped open-meeting law
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Development:
In its latest move to block a master-planned community near Red Rock Canyon, a nonprofit group is asking a district court to consider allegations that county officials violated open-meeting law. The move comes two weeks after the county requested that the lawsuit be dropped at ...
Lawmaker wants funding to move ahead with Yucca Mountain nuclear repository
Lawmaker wants funding to move ahead with Yucca Mountain nuclear repository
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Completing the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada will expedite the disposition of spent nuclear fuel at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County and elsewhere in ...
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Cortez Masto, clean energy advocates cite concerns about EPA under Pruitt
Friday, February 24, 2017
Environment:
With the Trump administration already working to roll back some of former President Barack Obama’s energy and water initiatives, Cortez Masto expressed concern about where the future of clean energy and climate-related issues is headed. Pruitt and others who have similar views about climate change could be ...