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NV Senators, Energy Secretary, Set To Tour Waste Site

Today's Tour Closed To Public and Media

May 10, 2019 - 8:24 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s U.S. senators and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are set to tour a site north of Las Vegas where the federal government is handling weapons-grade plutonium shipped from South Carolina.

Aides say the Friday visit to the Device Assembly Facility at the Nevada National Security Site and briefings with Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen will be closed to the media and public.

Nevada National Security Administration Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty also is expected to make the trip.

Cortez Masto announced the visit last week when she said Perry pledged the federal government would begin removing the highly radioactive material in 2021 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 to Nevada.