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Calvin Meyers, 57, opposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain

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Updated: June 27, 2013 7:14AM

LAS VEGAS — Calvin Meyers, the former chairman of the Moapa Band of Paiutes and outspoken opponent of building a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain north of Las Vegas, has died. He was 57.

Friends told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Mr. Meyers was buried Saturday in the Moapa Indian Cemetery. He died May 17 after suffering a stroke last year.

Congress approved the site as a nuclear waste repository in 2002. But after years of contentious debate, the plan was scrapped during the first term of the Obama administration.

In addition to Yucca Mountain, Mr. Meyers also spoke out against NV Energy’s coal-ash landfill at the Reid Gardner power plant near the reservation.

He also fought for protection of wilderness in the Gold Butte area and ancient rock art panels in Arrow Canyon 60 miles to the northwest.

Ian Zabarte, a Western Shoshone friend, said Mr. Meyers was “self-motivated and fought for the land and the people.”


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