LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured a federal facility north of Las Vegas where the government is handling weapons-grade plutonium shipped from South Carolina.
The Nye County Sheriff's Department says a 27-year-old Washington state man faces misdemeanor charges after crashing a pickup truck through a locked gate at the former U.S. national nuclear proving ground.
Congresswoman Dina Titus has given the Department of Energy an ultimatum: Tell us what you plan to do with the nuclear waste in Tennessee and how you intend to transport it to Nevada. The DOE is doing an environmental impact study on the transport of low-level nuclear waste to the former Nevada test site. One of the recomendations would be to drive it directly through Las Vegas. Meanwhile, the debate on Yucca Mountain continues.
Sixty years ago, on January 27, 1951 the very first nuclear test conducted at the Nevada Test Site lit up the sky over the Frenchman Flat about 65 miles outside of Las Vegas. It was the very first of about 928 nuclear experiments at the Nuclear Test Site over the four decades after that initial detonation.