FACT CHECK: Trump Supported Making Nevada A Nuclear Waste Dumping Ground

Donald Trump is attacking Ron DeSantis over his support for making Yucca Mountain a nuclear waste site, but Trump conveniently left out the fact that as president he led the way to revive efforts to make Nevada a nuclear waste dump. Their extreme records on Yucca put both 2024 hopefuls out of step with Nevadans, including even many Nevada Republicans.

Forbes: “In 2010, President Obama cut funding for the project and withdrew the application. Now, the White House’s 2018 budget has allocated $120 million to restart the effort…But the folks there don’t want 70,000-plus tons of nuclear waste in their backyard.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The Nevada Democratic Party held a news conference calling DeSantis ‘too extreme for Nevada,’ calling attention to some of the governor’s stances that have put him at odds with Nevadans as well as Nevada Republicans.

“When he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018, DeSantis repeatedly voted in support of Yucca Mountain and against attempts to stop the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. In 2018, he also sided with the Trump Administration, which supported the plan to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain.”

KSNV: “President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for 2020 calls for restarting licensing at the long-dormant Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository…The White House has requested funding for Yucca Mountain in previous budget proposals, though U.S. Congress has not approved any legislation that would restart licensing.”



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