|Gary Martin reports that the U.S. House energy committee has scheduled a hearing next week to begin the legislative process to revive the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada. Rep. Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that legislation on a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management policy would be the subject of the hearing.|
The hearing by the environment subcommittee, under Chairman Shimkus, R-Ill., would examine the federal government responsibility to dispose of nuclear waste from plants across the country. Walden said the hearing would provide the first opportunity to hear from stakeholders about legislation to revive the Yucca Mountain facility and other means of storing waste addressed in the draft legislation.
This proposal was thoughtfully developed through an extensive record of hearings and other oversight over the past six years to identify what may be needed to strengthen the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, Walden said in a statement. Now it is time to get our U.S. nuclear waste management policy back on track through consideration of this legislative proposal, he said.
Rep. Titus, D-Nev., said she would continue to fight any and all attempts to turn Nevada into the dumping ground for the nuclear industry...which is not a dump but a storage site.
Yucca Mountain was designated as a permanent site for nuclear waste disposal by Congress in 1982. More than $15 billion was spent to prepare the site, located 90 miles north of Las Vegas, to accept waste from nuclear energy-generating plants. President Barack Obama, at the behest of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., defunded the program in 2012 (a law?). The DoE under the Obama declared the site unworkable? But the DOE and Congress have yet to identify another site for permanent storage. And nuclear wastes continue to be stored temporarily at the plants and other locations.
A federal responsibility? YES!