ROSEN AMENDMENT PASSES HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE REQUIRING DEFENSE & ENERGY SECRETARIES TO REPORT ON YUCCA MOUNTAIN’S IMPACT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) successfully passed an amendment through the House Armed Services Committee that would require 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.
In October 2017, Rosen, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry and Ranking Member Adam Smith explaining that designating Yucca Mountain as our nation's nuclear waste repository could prevent Nellis Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range from completing core missions.
“There’s no denying the risk that Yucca Mountain poses to our communities and Nevada's Air Force facilities' ability to complete their core mission,” said Rosen. “My amendment will help us stop this reckless project by shedding light on just how dangerous it would be for the federal government to transport and store tens of thousands of tons of nuclear waste right next to some of our nation’s most important defense facilities.”
Rosen also entered into the congressional record a map from the Congressional Research Service showing the proximity of Yucca Mountain and its transportation routes to numerous critical national security sites in Nevada, the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) and Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).