Yucca Mountain

FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, a sign warns of a falling danger on the crest of Yucca Mountain during a congressional tour near Mercury, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- According to the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, there are no plans to revive nuclear waste storage efforts at Yucca Mountain.

Mary Beth Sewald, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said Yucca Mountain was one of their priorities while city leaders visit Washington, D.C. She mentioned there was no funding for Yucca Mountain in the Senate Appropriation Bill.

"We've advocated against that from day one," Sewald said. "The Nevada Coalition is aligned with the Chamber on that, about Yucca Mountain."

In 2017, Yucca Mountain was brought into the national spotlight when President Donald Trump's administration revived plans to store nuclear waste at the site.

Nevada Senators Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto have called on Congress to block the Yucca Mountain project during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session. Several Democratic presidential candidates voiced their support of the legislation in May.

Former Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, along with the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, worked together to exclude a $30 million budget for Yucca Mountain in 2018. 

Sewald said the Vegas Chamber will keep working to make sure the Yucca Mountain project is permanently stopped.

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