Assembly Member Chris Brooks (D-Las Vegas) wasted no time after President Donald Trump revealed his federal budget request includes $120 million to revive the long-troubled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. He sprang into action. And now, the Nevada Legislature is considering AJR 10.
Why should we care about this “symbolic” resolution? We spoke with Brooks himself, and let him make his case.
Why AJR 10? What’s the point of this? Brooks gave a simple reply. “We as a state have been resisting this federal government overreach for 30 years. […] Never let up. Never change. There’s bipartisan resistance.”
“We do not want Yucca Mountain. This is not based on sound science. We will resist.” – Assembly Member Chris Brooks
But what about Nye County’s support for the Yucca Mountain project? Brooks stressed that Nye County is the only local government that opposes AJR 10. All other government entities that have waded into the debate have endorsed AJR 10, including the City of Las Vegas and Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R).
Brooks echoed U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D) comments following her presentation to Facebook’s Las Vegas small business workshop last Thursday. She vowed a united front to “continue to fight this”.
“[Yucca Mountain] is a waste of money and a waste of talent to find a solution for nuclear waste.” – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Brooks expressed his appreciation of Cortez Masto’s ringing endorsement of AJR 10 this week, and noted Governor Brian Sandoval (R) and U.S. Representatives Dina Titus (D-Paradise) and Ruben Kihuen (D-Las Vegas) also endorsing his bill. Although U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) has not weighed in specifically on AJR 10, Brooks also noted Heller’s ongoing opposition to nuclear development at Yucca Mountain.
But again, why should the Legislature spend any more time on this bill? What’s the point of such “symbolism”? Brooks’ essentially responded that the Legislature can multi-task. “We have a lot of different jobs to do in the Legislature. We are the voice of the people in our district.”
“[AJR 10] shows Congress and the President that we as a united state oppose this.” – Assembly Member Chris Brooks
AJR 10 was heard in the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on Monday. Expect this bill to move through the Legislature pretty easily in the coming days.