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Nevada Officials in D.C. Restate Opposition to Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump

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Members of Nevada's delegation told a congressional committee on Wednesday the state will fight efforts to revive a mothballed plan to bury the nation's most radioactive waste in the Nevada desert.
    
Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Sandoval says he told Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., that he remains absolutely opposed to the Yucca Mountain project.
    
Sandoval, a Republican, says he and Perry don't agree about plans to bury 77,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
    
Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller declared the Yucca Mountain project dead, and urged the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment to let it remain dead.
    
Democratic Nevada congressional representatives Dina Titus, Ruben Kihuen and Jacky Rosen also testified in opposition.

Nye County statement on today’s hearing on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendment Act of 2017

Today’s hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee was a positive step toward living up to the nation’s promises made 35 years ago by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. The time is now for restarting the licensing process and having the science heard for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

Nye County, which is where Yucca Mountain is located, and eight other nearby Nevada counties, have continued to ask to have the science heard to see if Yucca Mountain is a secure site for the nation’s nuclear spent fuel. Today was a big step in that direction.

While pleased with a lot of today’s testimony, the stance of the Nevada delegation that testified before the committee was disappointing. Continuing to use fear and politics over science is irresponsible to the people of Nevada and the security of nation. 

There are 121 sites in 34 states with nuclear waste in various stages of storage and security. As asserted during the hearings today, we are three or four years on reaching a licensing conclusion on Yucca Mountain and it is worth a final determination by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
If the science proves Yucca Mountain to be a safe and secure site, Nevada and the region will benefit from a major capital project that will generate billions of dollars in construction work and well-paying support jobs that will span over decades.

To use a statement made to the committee by a panelist, it is time to have decisions on the Yucca Mountain project “made on the merits of the worked performed and not on the politics of the moment.” 

Dan Schinhofen
Chairman of the Nye County Board of Commissioners

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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