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'The Hill' Comes To Yucca Mountain


A tunnel at Yucca Mountain.

Members of Congress are heading to Nevada this weekend to scope out one of the state's landmarks: Yucca Mountain. 

Because of a bill in Congress that seeks to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, it's back on the table to become the nation's nuclear waste repository. Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus is leading the congressional visit again, similar to a visit he made in 2015. 

But, Nevada's congressmembers are not going to let it happen without a fight. 

The Nevada Independent's Humberto Sanchez is in Washington and covered what Illinois Rep. John Shimkus hopes to accomplish with the visit. 




Humberto Sanchez, The Nevada Independent 

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Prior to taking on the role of Broadcast Operations Manager in January 2021, Rachel was the senior producer of KNPR's State of Nevada program for 6 years. She helped compile newscasts and provided coverage for and about the people of Southern Nevada, as well as major events such as the October 1 shooting on the Las Vegas strip, protests of racial injustice, elections and more. Rachel graduated with a bachelor's degree of journalism and mass communications from New Mexico State University.
Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)