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Nevada gets its 34 votes By Andy Holtmann On a day that millions of Americans were rushing around trying to complete their taxes, Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan were securing votes against the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. April 15 marked the day the United States Senate voted to pass the nuclear waste bill, but enough Senators voted with the Nevada Senators to prevent an override of Presi- dent Clinton's promised veto of the bill. The bill passed 65- 34. It takes 34 votes to prevent an override of the President's veto. Senator Jay Rockefeller was absent for the vote but voted last year with Bryan and Reid and sent word he would be with them if a veto override attempt is made. "Today's vote represents a big victory for the people of Nevada Test Site," Reid said. "Even though this bill was 4n a fast-track to fly through the Senate, our long-term rategy paid off and we proved we have what it takes to protect the President's veto, with votes to spare. Our victory today demonstrates the power of our Constitution and our democratic form of government when two Sena- tors from a relatively small state can win out over a multi- million dollar army of special interest nuclear industry lawyers and the will of the majority party". "The United States Senate is nowo n record that this bill will not become law," Bryan said. "Our strategy worked and we now have 34 senators voting and one absent Senator opposed to tills legislation. Nevada prevailed against a bad bill that would set a dangerous environmental precedent for the country. Against the strong and heavily financed nuclear power industry, sound reasoning pre- vailed. The unanimous support of the environmental com- munity and the backing of the Clinton administration helped tremendously in making the case against the bill." Senators Reid and Bryan have been working round the clock trying to secure the number of necessary votes to uphold a presidential veto. In the past few weeks, they have become increasingly more confident that they were closer to their goal of denying the nuclear lobbyists the fight to place the waste dump at the Yucca Mountain site. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives where similar legislation was introduced last week. The senators said they are hopeful the House leadership will decide not to take up the bill given the Senate's position. In the House, it takes 146 votes to prevent an override of the President's veto. "It is extremely helpful that our two House colleagues serve in the majority party and can make the pitch directly to their leadership to take this bill off the agenda, "Bryan said. "There is no need to waste the House's time on this. The Nye County Commissioners meeting Continued from front page : "" ' and inspectionof the motintain site. He wanted to i'eview the findings of those who hadany and allinformationregarding Yucca and its surroundings. "A request for ever)' document is an unreasonable re- quest," said Cameron McRae. "If that was the case, then you would need a large U-Haul type truck to transport them back to your office." ' .......... It was also noted during the meeting that certain test site contractors were indeed going to pay their taxes, but under protest. Theenforcement of recent Possessory UseTax cases has prompted the contractors to pay. With Pahrump growing rapidly, the need for construction codes and good planning for future projects became a hot topic. The board heard testimony from Ron Williams on behalf of the Pahrump Regional Planning District as to how to begin regulating planning and construction: Subeontractr ing with roups outsMe of thg Pahrump.. Valley. was, one suggestion that Williams brought out. There was question, however, as to who would end up paying who? Would the contractors wind up paying the county or vice versa? "I suggest that we look into different companies and get quotes and prices from them," said McRae. "Maybe after looking into it, the planning commission would change their minds or think that this is not really what we set out for. I think this would help alleviate some confusion." There was talk of creating an actual building inspection department within the town of Pahrump. Williams stated that under the current system, people are having a hard time getting anything inspected. Both the Nye County Board of Commissioners and the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission felt that changes and organization in the current system need to occur. "Everything in Pahrump is increasing exponentially," said Williams. "We just cannot handle the growth with our current position." . . Roadwork apd:k, eloP-.:: .':i,f: :: : '.,  ,, ment was one of the, Jast sub- jects-to ::> by Ron Williams to not" Continued on next page DOE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING The Community Advisory Board (CAB) for Nevada Test Site Programs is seeking individuals who would interested in replacing Board members whose term of service is expir- ing. The Board is responsible for review of U.S. Department of Energy plans and activities related to environmental restora- tion and waste management, and technology development at the Nevada Test Site, and preparing recommendations on these activities. Applicants must be willing to serve a two-year term, attend monthly board meetings, and serve on committees that deal with issues such as transportation, budgets, and environ- mental impact statements. If interested, please call (702) 633-5300, Ext. 232 to request a Community Advisory Board membership application package. Nevada Operations Office Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 17,1997 3 nuclear fight isn't over but we have overcome a major hurdle that allows Nevada to breathe a sigh of relief." "There is little doubt that the COP leadership will insist on bringing this terrible bill up in the House, even though we have proven that they cannot override a veto," Reid said. "It seems they made too many promises to the special interests during the last election not to consider it. Hopefully our Nevada colleagues in the House will prevail on Speaker Gingrich and Majority Leader Armey to pull the bill. How- ever if they do not, I plan to do everything in my power to help them secure the 146 votes necessary to protect the President's veto and will be contacting the House Democrats to make Nevada's case." I Quality Repairs (702) 727-4937 P 681 South \\;\ I // mp, NV8904 i I Manager " Owner 1 L Breanne Murphy MICHAEL K SMITH ! p, NV 89048 I III II II I I Celebrating 20 Years Serving Pahrump! 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