Where To Put Nuclear Waste?


One issue all the GOP presidential hopefuls could agree on in their Las Vegas debate this week was their opposition to the national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, about 90 miles away from where they were trying to nuke each other's campaigns.

That reminded us of an incident in a prior campaign when the issue arose. 

It was 1982 and Chic Hecht was running — successfully– for the U.S. Senate from Nevada. He, too, opposed the project and famously vowed to fight any effort to turn his state into a "nuclear suppository."

Hecht, a Republican, won that election and served one term.  "No Jew in Nevada ever held as high a political office as did Hecht," observed the Las Vegas Review-Journal when he died in 2006.

The Obama administration cancelled the Yucca Mountain project in 2009.



About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.