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May 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) filed an amendment to H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, to prohibit the Department of Energy from taking any action relating to the licensing, planning, development, or construction of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain until the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submits a study to Congress on the economic viability and job-creating benefits of alternative uses of the Yucca Mountain site.

The job-creating benefits and alternative uses for the Yucca Mountain site could include: defense activities, such as a command facility for unmanned aircraft systems; a secure electronic data center; the development of renewable energy sources; or scientific research.

“I’m using every tool at my disposal to put an end to this Administration’s reckless plans to turn Nevada into a dumping ground for highly radioactive nuclear waste,” said Rosen. “My bill and amendment  would prohibit the Department of Energy from moving forward with its dangerous and costly nuclear waste repository plan until it considers a number of other job-creating alternatives for Yucca Mountain. This failed project is a complete waste of time and taxpayer money. We need innovative solutions to tackle this issue, and my legislation would help us turn the Yucca Mountain site into something that will create jobs while also protecting our tourism industry and keeping our families safe.”

BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Congresswoman Rosen successfully prevented funding for Yucca Mountain in the final Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus, and has requested that no funding be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations package.

Last year, Rosen testified against the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053) in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on the Environment. The Energy and Commerce Committee, which in June passed H.R. 3053, shares jurisdiction over the bill with the House Armed Services Committee. Citing serious national security concerns, including the impact on the Air Force in carrying out its air combat training mission at the Nevada Test and Training Range, Rosen sent a letter urging the Committee Chairman and Ranking Member to maintain the Committee’s jurisdictional authority and not allow H.R. 3053 to move forward.