NVs governor set to put the price of N-waste-site water beyond reachgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread
NVs governor set to put the price of N-waste-site water beyond reach 9/27/2000 Nevadas Governor Kenny Guinn has threatened to impose a U.S.$1-million-per-gallon fine for every gallon of water the U.S. Department of Energy tries to truck to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository site in southern Nevada, reported the Associated Press on Sept. 26.
Guinn issued the warning on the heels of a DOE statement it could resort to trucking the water in from outside Nevada were the state to deny it pumping privileges. The DOEs statement followed a ruling the week of Sept. 17 by a federal judge that any decision on whether the DOE may use groundwater at Yucca Mountain is a matter for the state courts.
Governor Guinn said that to prevent such water imports he would ask the 2001 legislature to pass a law imposing large fines. A $1-million-per-gallon fine "would be a sufficient deterrent," he said.
-- Martin Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 28, 2000