Cortez Masto, Rosen demand answers on Shipment of Plutonium to Nevada U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry demanding information about the agency’s decision to secretly transport one-half metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada’s National Security Site (NNSS) and expressing outrage over the Department’s lack of good-faith negotiations with the State of Nevada.
“We write to you today to express our continued outrage at your Department’s breach of trust enacted by your Department with the State of Nevada. The decisions and subsequent actions made by you and officials under your leadership have caused potentially irreparable damage to a previously-collaborative state-federal relationship. It is imperative for you and your Department to course-correct in order to avoid a complete erosion of public trust,” wrote the senators.
“Over the course of several months, you and your staff had multiple opportunities to set the record straight, whether that be in classified settings or in confidence; rather, you chose to mislead the State of Nevada and neglect disclosing the truth at multiple junctures,” the senators continued.“We are dismayed by the disregard previously given to the concerns expressed by our state. It remains our duty as Nevada’s elected representatives to protect our state’s residents, their livelihoods, and our local environment. In doing so, we remain steadfast in our opposition to the storage of plutonium currently in our state, the potential shipment of plutonium to be stored in our state at a future date, and the storage of high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel.”
The senators listed 18 questions in their letter, that included why was the classified information about the shipments withheld for this length of time? Did any shipments occur before the release of the supplement analysis in August 2018? How many shipments were made? What was the route taken from South Carolina to Nevada?