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March 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement applauding the news that funding for Yucca Mountain licensing was excluded in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus legislation. This comes after Congresswoman Rosen sent House and Senate Appropriators a letter earlier this month requesting that no funds be appropriated for Yucca Mountain in any final spending package.


“Storing the nation's nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain isn't a viable or sustainable solution, and I’m glad to see that my repeated calls to House and Senate appropriators against reviving this misguided project have been successful,” said Rosen. “I’ve made it a top priority to protect the health and safety of Nevadans by fighting against this Administration’s continuous efforts to turn our state into a nuclear waste dump. It’s time for us to work towards a sustainable solution to solve this problem and find an alternative to dangerously storing the rest of the nation’s nuclear waste without Nevada’s consent at Yucca Mountain.”


BACKGROUND: In addition to requesting House and Senate Appropriators to not fund Yucca Mountain in the final FY 2018 omnibus, Congresswoman Rosen has requested that no funding be included in the FY 2019 appropriations package.


Citing serious national security concerns, Rosen also sent a letter to her colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee detailing the impact the Yucca Mountain project would have on the Air Force’s air combat trainings at the Nevada Test and Training Range. 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.


In April 2017, 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.