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2008 Elections

Alan Keyes on Yucca Mountain


In 2000, Alan Keyes completed a survey given to then-presidential candidates by the Washington-based Sustainable Energy Coalition. Keyes responded that he supports establishing a high-level nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain. Additionally, Keyes noted support for new plant construction, as well as the relicensing of existing plants, but "not as a mandatory requirement [and] provided the nuclear plants are not built with tax dollars." Regarding a proposed plan to recycle radioactive waste from nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants into consumer products, Keyes voiced support. "These metals have no more radioactivity than the background environment, and hence pose no human health risk," he said. "Allowing private companies to acquire these materials would save the U.S. Treasury and the American taxpayer half a billion dollars in avoided disposal costs."


Sustainable Energy Coalition Report: The full report comparing Keyes' responses on Yucca Mountain and other environmental issues to other 2000 presidential candidates.


— Las Vegas Sun intern April Corbin compiled this report.

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