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Senator Bryan has positive plans for Nevada by Mary Ann McNeill Gazette Staff PAHRUMP--U.S. Senator Richard Bryan (D, Nevada) was in Pahrump recently and stopped by the Gazette office to catch up on news of the town and inform us of his latest ac- tivities in the senate. Bryan was born in Southern Nevada and has a good memory of what the state was like when he was a boy. He has worked hard during his political career to keep Nevada's pristine deserts as he remembers them, so he has been a long-time op- ponent of any attempts to put more nuclear waste in the state. He was especially happy to announce that, although the Senator Richard Bryan Senate passed a nuclear waste bill in April that would provide for waste storage at the Yucca Mountain site, he had per- suaded enough senators to vote with him and fellow Nevada Senator Harry Reid to prevent an override of President Clinton's promised veto of the bill. The bill passed 65 for to 34 against, and it takes exactly 34 votesto, prevent anoverrideofthePresident's veto. So, Brb'an says the battle is not over yet. Bryan is convinced that Yucca Mountain cannot meet the criteria for permanent'- te storage and his argument against the site is that the waste o,,ould be stored where it already is-- at the site of the nuclear reactor plants where it is generated. "There's no need to move it," he said. "We need to help (U.S. Congressman Jim-R) Gibbons and (U.S. Congressman John-R) Ensign to ensure that the House gets the 146 votes they need to sustain the President's veto." "Waste studies have shown that the sites, themselves, can provide at least 100 years of storage." Bryan argued that the best way to prevent transportation accidents is to just leave the waste at the sites. People who don't live in Nevada think there are vast uninhabited areas here and it just doesn't matter what travels on Nevada's highways, he said. He constantly works to change that attitude. He cited the case of Fluid Tech, Inc., which solidifies liquid radioactive wastes for nuclear clean-up tmrposes. Company plans called for FT to open a plant in Amargosa Valley, but the company found that AV had a rather densely populated residential district where the plant was to be built, and the plans highly upset local residents. The Test Site at Mercury currently'hasmuch available space because of downsizing in recent years. The Test Site would be a perfect location for Fluid Tech' s plant, he said, and Bryan is working with the board of directors of the Nevada Test Site Develop- ment Corp. to negotiate that arrangement. Which brought up the next topic on his mind for Ne- vada----economic develop- ment at the Test Site to pro- vide more jobs for Nevadans. Bryan told us about four ar- eas in which the Test Site would be put to commercial Radio Dispatched' use: solar energy development, counterterrorism methods, retrievable rocket development, and renewable fuels studies. The Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Research has plans to use the Test Site for solar energy development. "Solar is ideal for us," Bryan said, noting that the sun shines almost every day of the year in Southern Nevada. The remoteness of the Test Site is ideal as a place to develop methods and to train people to respond to emergen- cies such as biological and chemical warfare threats from terrorist activities, Bryan said. The Department of Energy has recently announced that it has agreed to allow Kistler Aerospace Corp. to have launch- ing space at Area 18 in the northwest corner of the Test Site. Kistler plans to launch reusable, non-nuclear, unmanned space vehicles from a $600 million launching area that would deliver communications satellites into space and return them for future launches within days. The activities could provide for more than 100jobs at the Test Site. NRG Technologies of Nevada has developed low-pollu- tion ways to combine hydrogen and natural gas to power vehicles that now contribute to air pollution. Subcritical weapons testing will also begin at the Test Site soon. These tests are conducted without nuclear explosions and are de- signed to ensure that the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile remains usable if the need should arise in the future. Senator Bryan currently has the following committee assignments: Commerce Science and Transportation; Bank- ing, Housing and Urban Affairs; Finance; and Select Com- mittee on Intelligence. KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bisnop has you covered! 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