Nevada got a boost in its fight to keep nuclear waste from being stored at Yucca Mountain when the incoming Senate majority leader put up a formidable roadblock.
"I think the Yucca Mountain issue is dead," Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said after arriving in Las Vegas. "As long as we're in the majority, it's dead."
Since 1987, Yucca Mountain has been the only site studied to become the graveyard for 77,000 tons of the nation's spent nuclear fuel and high-level research waste.
The state's bipartisan congressional delegation, state and city leaders and the gambling industry are opposed to the site, which is 90 miles from Las Vegas.