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Daschle can't stop Yucca vote

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2002


MAP: Tribes located near Yucca Mountain site.



PDF: Sites where waste is currently stored.
Democrats in the Senate can't hold up a vote on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) admitted on Wednesday.

Daschle originally said the proposal to store up to 77,000 tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste in a mountain outside of Las Vegas was dead. But it turns out he didn't know that federal law requires a vote within a certain window of time, he acknowledges.

The project is heavily opposed in Nevada. In postponing a controversial hearing on a Western Shoshone land claim award, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would work with Shoshone tribes on the opposition.

Get the Story:
Senator: No stopping Yucca Mountain vote (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 3/21)
Daschle admits he can’t prevent Yucca bill vote (The Reno Gazette-Journal 3/21)

Relevant Links:
The Yucca Mountain Project, Department of Energy - http://www.ymp.gov

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