GOP candidates oppose Yucca Mountain project

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Associated Press

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 18 at 11:03 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls say they oppose the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada. The Obama administration has said it will not consider the site and is looking for alternatives.

During a Republican presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas, Texas Congressman Ron Paul says the other 49 states don't have the right to "put our garbage in your state."

Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they agree with Paul.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says there's a need "to have a safe method of taking care of nuclear waste."

The depository for the country's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain is not open. The site is unpopular in Nevada, and its representatives in Congress have pushed to kill the project.

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