Tuesday July 23, 2002 4:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Over Nevada's fervent protests, President Bush signed a bill Tuesday making Yucca Mountain the nation's central repository for nuclear waste.
``The successful completion of the Yucca Mountain project will ensure our nation has a safe and secure underground facility that will store nuclear waste in a manner that protects our environment and our citizens,'' White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said in a statement.
The project had been studies for more than 20 years, and Bush signed the measure with no fanfare. Reporters were not allowed to witness the bill-signing.