The court ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to deny or approve the Energy Department’s application to store nuclear waste at the site.
Nevada lawmakers have fought hard to stop the Yucca Mountain project. Heller’s opposition to the project is at odds with most in his party, who praised the decision.
He urged his colleagues to consider an alternative location
“Instead of continuing to try to force Yucca Mountain on the people of Nevada, my colleagues should focus on moving forward towards a new process that will allow for consent-based siting,” Heller said.