On Monday, Rick Perry, Energy Secretary under the Trump Administration, made his first visit since he took on the role to a nuclear waste dump site on the Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
This trip was prompted by an announcement by President Trump, who proposed $120 million to jump start this site, pushing it into licensure. This area has been left neglected by politicians in Nevada.
Perry met with the governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, who has been a longtime friend of Perry from his time as governor of Texas for a ‘frank and productive’ conversation. Governor Sandoval is opposed to the project.
From Gateway Pundit:
Perry said he met Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a fellow Republican, at the Nevada Supreme Court building following his tour of the site. He said he and Sandoval, who are longtime friends dating to Perry’s time as governor of Texas, had a “frank and productive conversation” in which Sandoval reiterated his opposition to the project.
“Today’s meeting with Gov. Sandoval was the first step in a process that will involve talking with many federal, state, local and commercial stakeholders,” Perry said in a statement. Sandoval followed with a statement agreeing it was a “frank conversation on an array of issues,” but added, “this meeting was not the beginning of a negotiation with regard to Yucca Mountain.”
Perry’s visit surprised some members of Nevada’s Congress as they have been unified for some time now in keeping the Yucca Mountain site closed. Despite this, it is unclear what is expected to happen with the Yucca Mountain site as well as Perry’s future involvement with the potential revitalization project.