LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls say they oppose the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

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 Obama administration is planning to close a depository for the country’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. The plan has been unpopular in Nevada, and its representatives in Congress have pushed to kill the project.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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