Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada released the following statement on the news that the State of Nevada placed a stay on the cease and desist order on the Department of Energy (DOE). This decision allows the DOE to continue stealing water from Nevada’s limited supplies in order to develop the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.
“I’m incredibly disappointed. This is the biggest gift the DOE has received since I’ve been in Washington and I am shocked that it was delivered by the administration of a former Nevada Congressman. The letter from the State’s Division of Water Resources to the DOE lays out every reason the DOE should cease and desist. Yet, at the same time, the State gave the DOE the green light to move forward on this project, while the entire Nevada congressional delegation continues to fight to prevent Nevada from becoming the nation’s nuclear dumping ground. I assure the people of Nevada that I will continue to leverage my position as the Senate Majority Leader to prevent this dump from ever becoming a reality.”