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Nev. senators back Yucca whistleblowers

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Nevada's two senators have pounced on media reports of potential skullduggery in the development of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository by requesting a General Accounting Office probe of the alleged mistreatment of two whistleblowers

Probe urged over planned Nevada waste site

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Nevada's two senators have urged a government investigation into quality assurance at the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Senators Harry Reid, a Democrat, and John Ensign, a Republican, said Tuesday they were concerned about reports that

Group says bad docs cause malpractice hike

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- More than half of all malpractice payouts can be attributed to only 5 percent of U.S. physicians, a consumer advocacy group charged Thursday as the House of Rep
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

Senate sends Yucca to license phase

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- The Senate, on a voice vote Tuesday, overrode Nevada's objections to the proposed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, clearing the way for the Department of Energy to submit a licensing application for the site to the Nuclear Regulatory Commissi
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

NRC: Yucca evaluation data sufficient

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- The Department of Energy can provide enough information to ensure proper review of licensing for the proposed nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Meserve told a Senate hearing Thursda
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

Yucca opponents met with skepticism

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Nevada's attempt to sustain its veto of the proposed nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain, near Las Vegas, was met with some derision Wednesday during a Senate hearing.
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

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Bush administration raises Yucca stakes

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- If Congress fails to override Nevada's objections to the proposed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, nuclear arms reduction efforts might suffer, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Thursday during a Senate hearing.
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

House overrides Nevada's Yucca veto

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 306-117 to override Nevada's objections to a proposed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain. The state's hopes for defeating the project now ride on Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John Ensign, R-N

Opinion: Yucca debate rarely truthful

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- Both sides in the ongoing battle over placing a nuclear waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain have demonstrated enough disregard for the facts that it sometimes appears they have licensed Steve Jobs's famous "reality distortion field." The s
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

Hearing reveals support for Yucca

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- A House bill meant to override Nevada's veto of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site faces little real opposition, comments at a hearing Thurs
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

Nevada lawmakers vow fight over Yucca

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Nevada Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn, backed by the state's senators and congressmen, on Tuesday said he vetoed plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain outside Las Vegas to protect all Americans, not just his constituents.
SCOTT R. BURNELL, UPI Science News

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Nevada officials press Bush on Yucca Mt.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- delegation of high-ranking Nevada officials put a positive spin on their meeting Thursday with President Bush during which time they vigorously tried to dissuade him from going along with a recommendation to turn a remote desert location in their state in
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivers remarks on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 after the Senate passed the bill in Washington on February 10, 2009. The bill passed with a vote of 61-37 and will next go to conference with the House for final negotiation. McConnell was joined by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) (L), Sen John Thune (R-SD) (2nd-L) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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John Eric Ensign (born March 25, 1958) is a former United States Senator from Nevada, serving from January 2001 until he resigned amid an investigation of ethics violation in May 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party and the former chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Ensign was born in Roseville, California, to Sharon Lee Cipriani and a father whose surname was Mueller; his maternal grandfather was of Italian descent. Ensign says that he is one eighth (1/8) Filipino American, his Philippine-born paternal grandfather having been half-Filipino and half-German. Ensign's family moved to Nevada when he was a child. His mother remarried Michael S. Ensign, a gaming industry executive who subsequently became chairman of the board of directors of Mandalay Bay, and who adopted John.

Ensign attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, becoming a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and later graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. He went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Colorado State University in 1985 and entered veterinary practice soon after. He then became a successful businessman, opening a 24-hour animal hospital in Las Vegas. He owned two animal hospitals before entering politics.

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