House members: Block Energy Dept. from abandoning Yucca nuke waste plan


According to the House members, who hail largely from Washington State and South Carolina, the resolution “is aimed not only at stopping DOE from using appropriated funds to terminate the program, but also ensure the preservation of all scientific and site specific files and data related to Yucca Mountain.”

Washington is home to the sprawling, 586 square mile Hanford nuclear reservation, a badly contaminated area that produced plutonium for decades beginning in the 1940s. South Carolina contains the Savannah River Site, which is another major Cold War nuclear weapons facility.

“It is critical here that the DOE follow the will of Congress,” said Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) in a prepared statement. “Taxpayers have already spent more than $10 billion on Yucca Mountain, compiling 20 years of data that inform us that this is the best choice to securely store tons of nuclear waste.  Keeping waste scattered across the country, or in the case of Washington State at Hanford, is no longer an option.  We have a solution to this problem and we must move forward.”

The other lawmakers backing the resolution include Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), John Spratt Jr. (D-S.C.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.).