Nevada governor releases statement on Trump's proposed 2019 budget

FILE - In this April 9, 2015, file photo, people walk into the south portal of Yucca Mountain during a congressional tour of the proposed radioactive waste dump near Mercury, Nev., 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada wants a federal appeals court to dismiss a bid by the state of Texas to kick-start government funding and licensing for a long-fought plan to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste in the desert outside Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says the state "will leave no stone unturned in fighting" attempts to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear depository site.

The governor released a statement in response to President Donald Trump's proposed 2019 fiscal year budget, which would provide $120 million in funding to restart the project that would become a storage site for nuclear waste.

"Yucca Mountain is incapable of safely storing the world’s most toxic substance and Nevada will continue to oppose any efforts to dump nuclear waste in our state," Sandoval said in his statement.

The president's budget for the 2018 fiscal year also proposed allocating $120 million toward reviving Yucca, though it ultimately has not been part of any spending bills passed by Congress.

Sandoval also touched on education, the opioid epidemic and use of local public land management funds in his statement Monday.

Trump's budget would add funding for STEM education grants and investments for school choice funding and charter schools, the governor said.

"I am hopeful the Administration will look at Nevada’s model Opportunity Scholarship program and our thriving Charter School system as they build out these policies," the statement reads.

Sandoval said Nevada has also benefited from the president's policies on opioid addiction.

"Nevada will aggressively compete for every grant opportunity and I am eager to learn more about the Medicaid and Medicare policy changes aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic," he said.

The governor said he has concerns, however, about using funds from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

"SNPLMA is a model partnership between the BLM, the State of Nevada, and local governments and, as required by federal law, the funds received from land sales stay in Nevada to be reinvested in critical conservation projects," Sandoval said. "I know Nevada’s Congressional delegation will work to ensure SNPLMA funds remain invested where they were intended by Congress – at home here in Nevada."


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