Nevada governor seeks Trump meeting on plutonium, nuke dump

February 28, 2019 - 4:41 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor is asking for a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump to protest federal shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to the state and to argue against plans for a national nuclear waste repository.

Gov. Steve Sisolak points in a Wednesday letter to a White House comment this week about being open to discussions.

A White House press official did not immediately respond to messages on Thursday.

The Democratic governor boycotted National Governors Association functions in recent days in Washington to protest the shipment of plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada over the objections of previous Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Sisolak's protests came after the Energy Department disclosed Jan. 30 that it secretly trucked 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) of the highly radioactive material to a facility at the former Nevada Test Site nuclear proving ground.

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