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ICYMI: Shimkus calls for Nevada to make case against Yucca Mountain before nuclear regulators


04.05.19

WASHINGTON, DC – As reported by The Nevada Independent, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL) is continuing his work to find a permanent solution to America’s nuclear waste storage problem. He is sending a letter calling for the state to plead its case before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Shimkus calls for Nevada to make case against Yucca Mountain before nuclear regulators

Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus, a champion of building a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, sent a letter Wednesday to Yucca opponent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto that called for the state to plead its case before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“Because I and the majority of our colleagues in Congress want the extensive scientific evidence compiled by [the Department of Energy] and NRC in support of proceeding with the Yucca Mountain repository to be fully evaluated, I have always supported the state of Nevada’s right to question that science,” Shimkus wrote in his letter obtained by The Nevada Independent.

“That’s why I continue to urge our House and Senate colleagues to give your state the opportunity to do so before an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, which is composed of administrative law judges who are also trained engineers and scientists,” he continued.

The board is a unit of the NRC and adjudicates disputes that arise in the course of licensing and enforcement proceedings regarding nuclear reactors and the civilian use of materials.

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Last Congress, the E&C-led Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (NWPAA) passed the House by a vote of 340-72, to learn more about the NWPAA and the issues surrounding Yucca Mountain, click here.

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