Former NV governor lends support to NEI's Yucca Mountain campaign

WASHINGTON: The Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) Yucca Mountain

campaign has received a major shot in the arm with the recruitment of

former Nevada Governor Robert List.



The NEI has long been pushing for the US to officially designate

Nevada's Yucca Mountain as its nuclear waste disposal site. The Nuclear

Waste Policy Act of 1982 set a deadline for such a site to be determined

by 1998. But the government has defaulted on that deadline and a

decision by Congress and President Bush is now expected early next

year.



List, who will be working as an outside consultant, will be "speaking

with public officials, and business and community leaders within and

outside the state of Nevada to pursue his belief about the potential

benefits for state residents," said NEI spokesman Steve Kerekes.



There is considerable opposition within the state about the use of Yucca

Mountain as a nuclear waste site, which makes List, who was governor

from 1979-1983, a particularly valuable ally. The state's current

governor, Kenny Guinn, opposes the use of the site.



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