Mother defends Miss Nevada’s pro-nuclear waste dump stance |

Mother defends Miss Nevada’s pro-nuclear waste dump stance


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Miss Nevada’s controversial support of construction of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada is drawing support from her biggest fan: her mother.

Lena Wosik suggested judges were out of line when they asked her daughter, Crystal Wosik, about the issue during the Miss America pageant interview process.

“They really nailed her on the interview,” the mother told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The judges were ruthless.”

In Thursday’s interview, Miss Nevada was asked by one of the judges about the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

The facility has to go someplace, and Yucca Mountain is the best-built facility in the country, Crystal Wosik replied.

And if people die?

“We just have to take one for the team,” she replied.

Her mother, an orthodontist assistant, said the interview process leaves no room for middle ground.

“You have to have strong beliefs, and they were putting her on the spot,” Lena Wosik said.

“It’s a tragedy that we have nuclear waste, but it’s got to go somewhere. I’m sure she’ll get hate mail. I felt they should have been asking about education,” she added.

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