House Approves Bill to Move Forward on Yucca Mountain
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018, which provides practical reforms to the nation’s nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government fulfills its legal obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste. This legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 340 – 72.
“The House’s approval of this legislation is an important step forward for the federal government to fulfill its promise to clean up defense nuclear waste currently being stored on the Hanford Site,” said Rep. Newhouse. “This legislation creates a path forward for the licensing of the Yucca Mountain facility, which is already designated by law as the nation’s permanent geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste at Hanford. Yucca Mountain is also the designated repository for spent nuclear fuel that is the result of the process for generating electricity at nuclear power reactors nationwide and at Columbia Generating Station.”