ROSEN SENDS LETTER URGING HOUSE, SENATE APPROPRIATORS TO NOT FUND YUCCA IN OMNIBUS
March 5, 2018
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As reported by the Office of U.S. Representative Jackie Rosen (Democrat-Nevada-3rd District):

March 5, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on a letter she sent to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriators requesting that no funds be appropriated for Yucca Mountain development in the FY 2018 omnibus legislation.

“I strongly oppose the construction of a repository at Yucca Mountain because it threatens the health and safety of Nevadans,” wrote Rosen. “This proposal requires the construction of almost 300 miles of new railroad tracks to transport the waste, putting more than 123 million lives near the proposed routes at risk. Such nuclear waste transportation directly threatens individuals living in nearly 330 Congressional Districts.”

“Most importantly, Nevadans have not consented to allowing our state to become the nation’s nuclear dumping ground,” Rosen added. “In its 2012 final report, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future recommended that any plan to address nuclear waste storage must be based on scientific analysis as well as consensus from affected parties. Yucca Mountain does not have that kind of consensus. The majority of Nevadans agree that storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain is not a viable or sustainable solution.”

See the text of the full letter, here.

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