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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Clinton Yucca Veto Victory For Reid
(Clinton vetoes nuclear-waste storage bill)
Denver CO Post 26Apr00 N2
By Bill McAllister: Denver Post Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- LDS Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won a big political victory again this year when President Clinton vetoed a bill that would store the nation's nuclear waste in his state. The veto was expected and Reid had earlier managed to keep the bill from passing by a veto- proof margin. The veto leaves the issue of what to do with the nuclear waste generated in the U.S. unresolved, at least until the next session of Congress.

The U.S. Department of Energy has been working on its long-promised review of the Yucca Mountain site, 90 miles north of Las Vegas. In the meantime, Congress has tried unsuccessfully many times to pass the legislation putting the nuclear waste dump there, but has always been thwarted by Nevada's legislators, who have managed to keep the hated proposal from passing.

Clinton told congress in his message explaining the veto that his administration is still working on the issue, "My administration remains committed to resolving the complex and important issue of nuclear-waste disposal in a timely and sensible manner, consistent with sound science and protection of public health, safety and the environment."

But Republicans, who have tried repeatedly to get he site approved, say that political favoratism is the real reason that Clinton vetoed the bill. They claim that Clinton vetoed the bill as a favor to fellow Democrat Reid. But White House spokesman Joe Lockhart rejected the claim, "It's not just Sen. Harry Reid, it's a number of senators who have have raised scientific questions that we haven't answered (about the site)," he said. "This issue seems to come up now every year, and we don't make any progress on it because those questions are unanswered."


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