Nevada vetoes Bush plan

3 May 2002

In a historic decision, Nevada's governor, Kenny Guinn, vetoed the Bush administration's plans to bury nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. This starts a 90-day time limit during which Congress can sustain or override him. "We have an uphill battle," said Guinn. "If the political system fails us, the court system will not." Guinn said he was the first governor ever to veto a decision by a president, having been granted the power to do so in a 1982 federal law on nuclear waste disposal.

In February, George Bush formally chose Yucca Mountain as the permanent site to store long-term nuclear waste.

In his notice of disapproval, Guinn said that selection of Yucca Mountain was based on bad science, bad law, and bad public policy.

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