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NEVADA'S DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION PRESSES GROUP VISITING YUCCA MOUNTAIN TO INVITE LOCAL SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS ON TOUR

July 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) led a delegation letter with Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01) and Rep. Ruben Kihuen (NV-04) to press Republican Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), who is leading a Congressional Delegation to tour the Yucca Mountain site on Saturday, July 14, to invite local scientific experts on his scheduled tour of the Yucca Mountain site. In May, Rosen successfully passed an amendment through the House Armed Services Committee requiring the Secretaries of Energy and Defense to report to the House Armed Services Committee any impacts that the Yucca Mountain project would have on DOD and DOE activities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), and any other defense facilities in proximity to Yucca Mountain or the proposed nuclear waste transportation routes.

“It has come to our attention that you are leading a Congressional Delegation tour of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site on July 14, 2018. Given that this project would directly impact our constituents and the entire state of Nevada, we find it irresponsible that no state-level stakeholders from Nevada were invited to attend the tour,” wrote the Members of Congress. “Like the vast majority of Nevadans, we firmly oppose any attempt to turn our state into the nation’s nuclear waste dump. However, if Members of Congress are going to tour the proposed Yucca Mountain repository site, it is important that they hear from individuals knowledgeable of the science and technical issues of the project.We therefore formally request that you invite state-level stakeholders with geological and scientific expertise to attend the upcoming site visit.”

Read the text of the letter here or below:

LETTER TEXT

The Honorable John Shimkus
Chairman
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee
on Environment
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Shimkus,

It has come to our attention that you are leading a Congressional Delegation tour of the proposed
Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site on July 14, 2018. Given that this project would directly
impact our constituents and the entire state of Nevada, we find it irresponsible that no state-level
stakeholders from Nevada were invited to attend the tour.

Like the vast majority of Nevadans, we firmly oppose any attempt to turn our state into the nation’s
nuclear waste dump. However, if Members of Congress are going to tour the proposed Yucca
Mountain repository site, it is important that they hear from individuals knowledgeable of the science
and technical issues of the project.

We therefore formally request that you invite state-level stakeholders with geological and scientific
expertise to attend the upcoming site visit.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

CC: Governor Brian Sandoval

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