September 16, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces that DOE Has Completed the Agreement She Secured to Remove Plutonium Secretly Shipped to Nevada, Four Years Ahead of Schedule

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the removal of all weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to Nevada under the Trump administration. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto negotiated a deal with the DOE to remove this from the state starting in 2021. Following continued advocacy from the Senator, the NNSA completed the removal four years ahead of schedule.

“When I heard that the Trump Administration secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium to our state, I acted immediately to ensure it was removed. I have not stopped pushing to get this done, and I’m proud to announce the removal has been completed four years ahead of schedule.”