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Yucca Mountain

Yucca Mountain, the Nevada-based, scientifically flawed and politically unjust proposed high-level radioactive waste repository has now been canceled. However, pro-nuclear forces in Congress have not abandoned Yucca and funding is still allocated to the project.

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Tuesday
Mar062018

Congress Poised to Skip Funding Yucca Nuke Dump Again This Year

Tuesday
Mar062018

Yucca Mountain: Lawmakers hype repository as funding remains on ice

As reported by Sam Mintz at E&E News:

A bevy of House lawmakers stood up on the floor last night to send a message to their chamber's leadership: Get Yucca Mountain done.

[The rest of the article is behind a pay wall.]

Monday
Mar052018

ROSEN SENDS LETTER URGING HOUSE, SENATE APPROPRIATORS TO NOT FUND YUCCA IN OMNIBUS

As reported by the Office of U.S. Representative Jackie Rosen (Democrat-Nevada-3rd District):

March 5, 2018
Press Release

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.

Monday
Mar052018

House lawmakers decry federal inaction on Yucca Mountain

As reported by Gary Martin in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

As the article reports:

“The majority of Nevadans agree that storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain is not a viable or sustainable solution,” said Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., in a letter to House and Senate appropriators urging them not to include funds for the project in an upcoming spending bill.

...Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., spoke before the lawmakers and reiterated the opposition in Nevada to storing nuclear waste produced in other states.

“Nevada is not a wasteland,” Titus said from the floor.

Titus has filed a bill that would require the federal government to get consent from states and local communities as a prerequisite to building a nuclear waste facility.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the majority of the Nevada congressional delegation, including Sens. Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto, oppose federal efforts to open Yucca Mountain.

Monday
Feb122018

Nevada has been blasted enough

An op-ed in the Las Vegas Sun by Judy Treichel of the Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force makes clear that Nevadans still do not consent to "hosting" the entire country's highly radioactive waste dump.