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Yucca Mountain Project: GOP Candidates Oppose Nuclear Waste Dump In Nevada

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A rusted chain secures a gate to the shuttered Zion Nuclear Power Station in Zion, Illinois. (File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- Republican presidential hopefuls say they oppose the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada. The Obama administration has said it will not consider the site and is looking for alternatives.

During a Republican presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas, Texas Congressman Ron Paul says the other 49 states don't have the right to "put our garbage in your state."

Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they agree with Paul.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says there's a need "to have a safe method of taking care of nuclear waste."

The depository for the country's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain is not open. The site is unpopular in Nevada, and its representatives in Congress have pushed to kill the project.

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