ROSEN GRILLS ENERGY SECRETARY PERRY ON YUCCA MOUNTAIN, CITING THE PROJECT’S THREAT TO MILITARY TESTING AND TRAINING
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry point blank whether he is working with the Department of Defense (DOD) to address the pressing national security concerns over the Yucca Mountain site. 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.
“Yucca Mountain is located on DOE’s Nevada National Security Site and is adjacent to the Nevada Test and Training Range, which is the largest air and ground military training space in the contiguous United States,” said Rosen. “We cannot underestimate the implications this costly, dangerous project and its proposed transportation routes will have on our national security. Secretary Perry must fully understand that moving forward with Yucca Mountain as our nation's nuclear waste repository could have an adverse impact on Nevada’s Air Force’s facilities ability to complete its core mission.”
Last week, Rosen filed the Jobs, Not Waste amendment to H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act. Rep. Rosen’s amendment would 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.