ROSEN CALLS ON HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE TO STOP YUCCA MOUNTAIN BILL FROM GOING FORWARD, HIGHLIGHTS MILITARY CONCERNS AT NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry and Ranking Member Adam Smith urging them not to advance the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053) because of military concerns around Nellis Air Force Base. The bill would resurrect Yucca Mountain and make Nevada the nation’s nuclear waste dumping ground.
"As highlighted by the Secretary of the Air Force, designating Yucca Mountain as our nation's nuclear waste repository threatens national security by adversely impacting the ability of Nellis Air Force Base to complete its core mission,” said Rosen. “The House Armed Services Committee has a responsibility to intervene to stop this dangerous and misguided legislation from seeing a vote on the House floor. I will continue to fight alongside Nevada's delegation to use every tool at our disposal to stop Yucca Mountain from becoming the nation's dumping ground for nuclear waste.”
BACKGROUND: In April, Congresswoman Rosen testified against the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053) in the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on the Environment. The Energy & Commerce Committee, which in June passed H.R. 3053, shares jurisdiction over the bill with the House Armed Services Committee. For the bill to come to the House floor for a vote, the Armed Services Committee would either need to vote on the bill itself or provide a jurisdictional waiver.
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, Rep. Rosen’s letter urges the Committee Chairman and Ranking Member to maintain the Committee’s jurisdictional authority and not allow H.R. 3053 to move forward.
The full letter can be viewed here.