Rep. Newhouse Statement on Administration’s Nuclear Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel Announcement

March 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the Obama Administration’s announcement today that it will decouple defense nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel and begin a new siting process as part of the Administration’s broader strategy, first announced in 2013, to circumvent Yucca Mountain:

“I remain focused on continuing Yucca Mountain - which has already been identified as safe and remains the repository under the law - whether one or both types of nuclear materials are ultimately stored there. Wasting decades of work and billions of taxpayer dollars by disregarding the legal repository site that has already been selected defies common sense and does nothing to speed up removal of Hanford waste from our state. Continuing to illegally shutter Yucca Mountain and instead beginning the entire process all over again - whether the nuclear materials are decoupled or not - is counterproductive.”