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
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.