ROSEN TAKES TO HOUSE FLOOR URGING A VOTE ON AMENDMENT TO REPURPOSE YUCCA MOUNTAIN, CREATE JOBS FOR NEVADANS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) urged Members to vote to bring up her Jobs, Not Waste Act amendment to H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act. 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.
View full text below of Congresswoman Rosen’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
Mr. Speaker, if today’s vote on the Previous Question fails, we will have the opportunity to vote on my amendment, the Jobs, Not Waste amendment, a proactive and innovative proposal to turn Yucca Mountain into something useful, a project that would create jobs without threatening the health and safety of Nevadans and other Americans across the country.
My amendment would prohibit the Department of Energy from moving forward with its current plan to ship nuclear waste by truck and rail through 329 Congressional Districts to Yucca Mountain -- until the federal government considers a number of other job-creating alternatives for Yucca Mountain including defense activities, like a command facility for unmanned aircraft systems scientific research the development of a secure electronic data center or renewable energy generation.
One of the arguments I regularly hear from proponents of Yucca Mountain is that it will create jobs and that we’ve already invested billions in building a repository at this site.
I’m here to say that we can still create jobs without having to take on the monumental health and safety risks that come with transporting and storing over 100,000 metric tons of hazardous and lethal nuclear waste.
Congress should have an opportunity to vote on my amendment because it would give Members a chance to find a smart, strategic solution that repurposes this dangerous, and costly project. This amendment gives us an opportunity to convert Yucca Mountain into a facility that could still help provide economic opportunity, drive innovation, and create new good-paying jobs.
Re-launching the failed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage experiment would also cost an additional $80 billion dollars to complete, minimum. Let me repeat that: $80 billion dollars.
Instead of spending billions more in hard-earned taxpayer dollars on this project that’s destined to fail that will inevitably put Nevada families and families in your districts at risk. Let’s consider these forward-thinking alternatives.
I strongly urge you to do what is smart and fiscally responsible and what’s right for the health and safety of our constituents by making my amendment in order. I therefore ask all Members to vote no on the Previous Question.
Thank you for your consideration.