ICYMI: DeSantis Makes News Over Support for Dumping Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain

On the heels of his trip to Las Vegas to tout his MAGA agenda, Ron DeSantis’ record of supporting Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste site is in the spotlight – putting him out of step with Nevadans, including even many Nevada Republicans. 

Read highlights from the Las Vegas Review-Journal below:

  • Ahead of Saturday’s event, 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.
  • Nevada Republicans, however, including then-Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller and current Rep. Mark Amodei opposed the efforts to start Yucca Mountain back up again.
  • Turning Yucca Mountain into the nation’s nuclear waste basket is a move that is widely opposed by most Nevadans, according to statewide polling, and is something both Democrat and Republican lawmakers in the Silver State generally agree on.
  • “DeSantis has proven to be one of the most extreme Republicans in the party, they’ve ever seen to date,” newly-elected Democratic Chairwoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno said during the news conference.

Read the full story here.


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