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Nevada Politicians Push DOE for Info on Uranium Transport Plan

Nevada politicians are urgently calling on the Energy Department to provide them with more specifics on a federal plan to transport hundreds of large containers of dangerous radioactive material from Tennessee to the Nevada National Security Site, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

Governor Brian Sandoval in a July 12 letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz noted that "I have received no official communication from your office" regarding the Nevada chief executive's previous request for a meeting "and now write again to request this important meeting as soon as possible."

Sandoval is concerned about an Energy plan to lower the budget for a program that financially supports states' supervision of radioactive waste activities.

Nevada could see its oversight funding reduced by 30 percent or approximately $300,000 under the initial DOE budget plan, according to Nevada Conservation and Natural Resources Department Director Leo Drozdoff.

Energy plans to transport 403 containers filled with weapons-usable uranium from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Nevada, which objects to the planned transfer.

Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.) also wrote to the Energy secretary on July 9, saying that she has"for months" been requesting a comprehensive appraisal of the details of the uranium shipment plan.

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