ROSEN URGES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO COMMIT TO ZEROING OUT FUNDING FOR YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUDGET
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) responded to President Trump’s remarks in Elko this weekend that he “would be very inclined to be against” turning Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste dump, urging the President to follow through on listening to Nevadans by zeroing out funding for Yucca Mountain in his Fiscal Year 2020 presidential budget proposal.
“After repeatedly placing a target on Nevada’s back by requesting millions of dollars in his budget to turn our state into a nuclear waste dump, it’s my hope that President Trump is in fact reversing his stance on reviving Yucca Mountain,” said Rosen. “While I’m encouraged to see the President finally say that he will listen to our state and change course on this dangerous plan for nuclear waste, we must continue to hold this Administration accountable and ensure that the White House and Republican leaders in Washington follow through on actually abandoning their efforts to force this reckless project down our throats. Greenlighting Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository will endanger the health and safety of Nevadans and threaten our tourism industry. President Trump’s actions should match his rhetoric, and he should commit to zeroing out funding for this hazardous project in his upcoming budget for the next fiscal year."
BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Rosen successfully advocated against funding for Yucca Mountain in the final Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus. 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. Last month, Rosen spoke at a Science Committee hearing about the need for nuclear energy researchers and industry to start looking at alternatives for nuclear waste storage and convinced panelists to support a consent-based approach, the very same approach President Trump seemed to endorse today. View video here.