Nevada gaming industry comes out against Yucca Mountain |

Nevada gaming industry comes out against Yucca Mountain

Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

The top leaders of Nevada’s gaming industry have joined in a letter urging the U.S. Congress to end plans to try to license and open Yucca Mountain.

“The impacts nuclear waste could have on our visitors and our employees would unquestionably have severe negative implications for Nevada’s future and economic growth,” the letter states.

The letter was sent to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

The letter points out Yucca Mountain is just 90 miles from Las Vegas, a tourist destination that, in 2018 welcomed more than 42 million visitors and is home to 2.2 million residents.

The letter refers to Yucca Mountain as a “relic of the past” saying any attempt to resurrect it would “directly imperil the health, safety and economic future of our great state.”

It was signed by the heads of the state’s largest gaming organizations including Matt Maddox of Wynn Resorts, Sheldon Adelson of the Las Vegas Sands and James Murren of MGM Resorts International as well as Nevada Resorts Association President Virginia Valentine and Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.