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Global Security Newswire

Nevada Politicians Push DOE for Info on Uranium Transport Plan

July 16, 2013

Nevada politicians are urgently calling on the Energy Department to provide them with more specifics on a federal plan to transport hundreds of large containers of dangerous radioactive material from Tennessee to the Nevada National Security Site, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

Governor Brian Sandoval in a July 12 letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz noted that "I have received no official communication from your office" regarding the Nevada chief executive's previous request for a meeting "and now write again to request this important meeting as soon as possible."

Sandoval is concerned about an Energy plan to lower the budget for a program that financially supports states' supervision of radioactive waste activities.

 

Nevada could see its oversight funding reduced by 30 percent or approximately $300,000 under the initial DOE budget plan, according to Nevada Conservation and Natural Resources Department Director Leo Drozdoff.

Energy plans to transport 403 containers filled with weapons-usable uranium from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Nevada, which objects to the planned transfer.

Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.) also wrote to the Energy secretary on July 9, saying that she has"for months" been requesting a comprehensive appraisal of the details of the uranium shipment plan.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

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