Monday, June 5, 1995
Ward Valley compromise could be testy
WASHINGTON - The opening of a low-level radioactive waste disposal
facility at Ward Valley, Calif., moved a step closer last week when Interior Secretary
Bruce Babbitt signaled his intention to negotiate the transfer of 1,000 acres of federal
land to the state for the facility.
Although Babbitt's announcement committed the federal government to
work toward turning the site over to California, it also contained suggestions that
Interior will attempt to dictate terms of the transfer that California Gov. Pete Wilson
has vowed to resist.