95°F
weather icon Clear

Nye commission chairman to advocate for Yucca

Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said he will advocate for the restart of the Yucca Mountain licensing application at the 11th annual RadWaste Summit in Summerlin.

The summit will take place on Sept. 5-7 at JW Marriott at 221 N. Rampart Blvd. in Las Vegas.

The event is set to bring a few hundred commercial and federal radioactive waste professionals and influencers to discuss updates, upcoming projects, and how the Trump administration will impact waste processing, storage and transportation, according to the news release.

On Sept. 6, Schinhofen will participate in the panel titled “Yucca Mountain Restart” along with Bob Halstead, executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects. The panel is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The panel will be focused on the state of play around Yucca Mountain in Washington, D.C.

“The state of the licensing process at the federal level and the state’s continued obstruction in the rule of law,” Schinhofen said in a statement.

Schinhofen, a Nye County liaison for nuclear matters, and one of the strongest supporters of Yucca Mountain among Nye County officials, said he plans to reiterate some of familiar lines during the event.

“Let the science speak louder than politicians and the state needs to engage while they still have leverage,” he said.

Yucca Mountain was presumed dead after it was mothballed by the Obama administration, but that has changed since the Donald Trump administration took over the office.

Trump allocated $120 million for the U.S. Department of Energy to restart the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s licensing in its budget blueprint that is yet to be voted on.

Earlier this month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also voted to restart the licensing process for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain.

The restart of Yucca Mountain is widely opposed by the Nevada delegation, however, officials in Nye County see the project as economically beneficial for the county and state.

Contact reporter Daria Sokolova at dsokolova@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @dariasokolova77

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Fearing slaughter of wild horses, lawmakers seek to halt adoption program

Outraged lawmakers are saying a wild horse adoption program should be halted and an investigation should be conducted following a report that some of the horses were sold to buyers and slaughtered for meat.

Nye County green-lights $7.45 million in energy upgrades through performance contract

Following three years of gearing up for a large-scale energy conservation project, Nye County has now entered into a performance contract with Siemens Industry, Inc. that aims to provide an array of upgrades and improvements intended to reduce energy costs.

Pahrump Music Festival declared a huge success

Whenever an organization ventures into putting on a new community event in Pahrump, the outcome of that new endeavor is always up in the air and it is nearly impossible to say just how things will turn out. However, for organizers of the Pahrump Music Festival, there was never any doubt that this event was going to draw a huge crowd and those expectations were borne out this past weekend.

Charity fundraiser set for Sunday

As stated on its social media site, the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas is to create and support programs that directly improve the health, education, and well-being of children in communities throughout the country.

Animal abuse suspect arrested in Nye County

A man traveling to Pahrump from Reno is facing an animal abuse charge following his arrest on Friday, June 4.

Pahrump Valley’s veterans honored at appreciation BBQ

The first weekend of June was a sweltering one, with high temperatures making venturing forth a bit of a daunting task but for many members of the local veteran community and their friends, family and supporters, the weather did not stop them from heading out on Saturday to enjoy a few hours of food, fun and camaraderie during the annual Veterans Appreciation Barbecue.

Most minor traffic violations decriminalized in Nevada

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday signed a bill into law that decriminalizes most minor traffic offenses , classifying them instead as civil infractions.

Bill introduced in Senate to boost tourism sector

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., introduced bipartisan legislation in June that supports the travel and tourism industry.

Accidental overdoses increase in Nevada

Accidental overdoses increased in double-digit percentages in the state through part of 2019 and 2020, according to data released by the state.