Reid: Reviving Nevada nuclear waste proposal ‘doomed to failure’


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is warning that any GOP-led effort next year to revive a stalled plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada is a non-starter. 

“If the Republicans want to start off by spending a lot of money … let them go to Yucca Mountain. It’s doomed to failure. To get Yucca Mountain up and running again … they better put multiple billions of dollars,” the outgoing Senate Democratic leader told reporters. 
{mosads}He added that Yucca Mountain is “gone” and if Republicans “want to play around with Yucca Mountain let them bring their checkbook because it’s going to be expensive and they’ll get nothing for it.” 
Two sources familiar with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition planning told Bloomberg News that reviving a long-stalled plan to store nuclear waste at the Nevada facility is actively being discussed.
Trump punted on siding with a decades-old position while in Nevada last month, saying he was “going to take a look at it.” 
Reid, who is retiring at the end of the year, has effectively killed the plan for years, and said last month, while correcting Trump on his pronunciation of Nevada, that “it’s pronounced Nev-AD-a, and Yucca Mountain is dead.”
He added Monday that he spoke about Yucca Mountain with the state’s incoming congressional delegation, including Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who is replacing him in the Senate. 
A poll released in June found that 55 percent of likely Nevada voters were less likely to support a candidate who supported storing waste at Yucca Mountain. 
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