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Nevada Senators, Energy Chief To See Plutonium Holding Site

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry plan to visit a site where the federal government is handling weapons-grade plutonium shipped to the state from South Carolina.

A Nevada National Security Site spokesman said Wednesday the Friday tour of the Device Assembly Facility and briefings involving Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen will be closed to the media and public.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Nuclear National Security Administration chief Lisa Gordon-Hagerty will also be on the tour.

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Cortez Masto announced the visit last week when she said Perry pledged the federal government would begin in 2021 to remove the highly radioactive material from the former national nuclear proving ground 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Las Vegas.

Cortez Masto says Perry also promised no more plutonium from the Savannah River Site would be moved into Nevada.