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E-M:/ yucca mountain nuke dump

Editor's notes:

In the Rockies today, both of Utah's senators agreed to vote for a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, in either a fine display of political leverage or NIMBYism on a national scale.

Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett said they'd support the proposal backed by the Bush administration and adamantly opposed by Nevadans, but in exchange for a promise from Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to fight a plan to store hot nuclear wastes on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.

The deal gave Bush and Republicans a majority of votes in the Senate.

Bennett said it was better to have nuclear waste traveling through Utah on its way to Nevada than to have it stored about 100 miles upwind from Salt Lake.