Toilet trouble

14 September 2007

A key supporter of the USA’s proposed Yucca Mountain waste repository, Senator Larry Craig, has pled guilty and been fined for disorderly conduct in a gents toilet in Minnesota Airport. A male police officer alleged that Craig had solicited sex from him – a charge that Craig has denied.

Following the embarrassing 11 June incident, Craig indicated his intention to resign from the Senate. However, on 10 September Craig filed court papers to retract his guilty plea. A spokesman indicated that Craig would still resign at the end of September, unless the conviction is overturned by then.

Craig is a member of the Senate Natural Resources subcommittee and has continually pushed for the Yucca Mountain waste development to go ahead. His resignation could mean a loss of impetus for the scheme.

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