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May 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement denouncing the passage of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act.

“Permanently storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain is a reckless and ill-conceived plan that could put communities across the country in danger, jeopardize our military testing and training, waste billions more in taxpayer dollars, and harm Nevada’s tourism industry,” said Rosen. “I’m deeply disappointed to see this Republican-controlled Congress vote to ship radioactive nuclear waste across the country to this unfit site, endangering not just Nevada but countless other communities along the way. Attempting to transport tens of thousands of metric tons of hazardous waste on our highways and train tracks will create serious problems, and I will not stop educating my colleagues about these risks. The fight to kill this failed project will continue, and I will keep working diligently in Congress to repurpose Yucca Mountain into something that can create jobs while keeping our families safe.”

BACKGROUND: Congresswoman Rosen successfully included an amendment in the final package of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 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. This will help shed a light on the dangers of the Yucca Mountain project to some of our nation’s most important defense facilities. The amended NDAA passed the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning.

Rosen also recently introduced the Jobs, Not Waste Act to prohibit the Secretary 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.

Earlier this year, Rosen successfully prevented funding for Yucca Mountain in the final Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus.