• More than 1,700 county officials converged on Capitol Hill to urge renewal of revenue sharing before Christmas. They lobbied more than 300 representatives and 74 senators during the day-long blitz Nov. 17.
Texas had the largest delegation, with 240 officials making the trip. Forty-six states were represented.
• The Clean Air Act passed Congress after 13 years of trying. In addition to addressing the problems of persistent urban pollution, the legislation includes major new initiatives to control toxic air pollutants and acid rain. President George Herbert Walker Bush signaled that he was likely to sign the bill.
• The House approved H.R. 1270, requiring the federal government to consolidate the nation’s spent fuel from nuclear power plants in an interim facility in Yucca Mountain, Nev. by 2000.
Yucca Mountain, in Eureka County, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, was identified as the interim repository in 1987.
NACo supported a single interim storage site at Yucca Mountain as a cheaper and safer alternative until a permanent repository was identified and ready, which by most estimates would not be until 2010. (Update: The Yucca Mountain site was closed by the Obama administration Oct. 1, 2010.)