Nevada plans dollars 4m PR and legal fight against Yucca Mountainnuclear site

CARSON CITY, NV: The Nevada State Legislature has set aside dollars

4 million for a PR and legal battle to stop the creation of a nuclear

waste depository at Yucca Mountain.

Ninety miles northwest of Las Vegas, the site has been the center of

controversy for nearly two decades. Arguments have abounded about

whether or not it was to be selected to store the approximately 80,000

tons of nuclear waste from power plants and weapons facilities inside

the US.

The controversy has peaked since the release of President Bush's

comprehensive energy plan, which calls for the construction of more

nuclear power plants.

Precisely how much of the dollars 4 million will be allocated to PR is

still unclear.

An RFP would attract an unusual cadre of bidders, said one Washington

public affairs executive. He explained that the creation of the site is

vitally important to any company with nuclear interests and most PR

agencies large enough to handle the job are likely to already have

business that proves a direct or indirect conflict. "The pro-nuke side

is much more lucrative," added the executive, who preferred not to be

named. "I would expect a smaller agency maybe to partner with someone,

but this would be difficult for anyone big. Besides, state contracts are

notoriously difficult to make profitable."

Details regarding a possible RFP would be available following the

budget's expected signing by Governor Kenny Guinn.

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