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#EarthDay •Yucca Mountain• A house committee chairman on Thursday vowed to take a bill to fund licensing proceedings for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository to the floor of the House for a vote. “We will get Yucca legislation to the floor,” predicted Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “We want to get it to the president’s desk.”
Walden’s comments came during a hearing at which Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended his $30 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2019, which includes $110 million for restarting the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain project, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and $10 million to study interim storage sites until the Nevada repository is completed.
The House panel’s enthusiasm for building the Yucca Mountain repository contrasted with the reception Perry received Wednesday from a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, which urged him to immediately step up the search for interim storage sites and work to identify another permanent site for nuclear waste in addition to Yucca Mountain. A private contractor is seeking a license to temporarily store waste at sites in New Mexico and Texas.
Meanwhile, during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., that he is open to interim storage.
“I’m not trying to beat up on Nevada,” Mulvaney said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to put this stuff someplace safe.”
A DOE application before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct and run the facility was withdrawn in 2011 by the Obama administration.
President Donald Trump placed Yucca Mountain licensing back into the DOE budget last year, and the House upped the amount of spending by $30 million, to $150 million. But authorization and spending were not included in a final spending bill for fiscal year 2018. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/chairman-promises-house-vote-on-yucca-mountain-funding/amp/ FULL VIDEO IN BIO BY Indigenous Action Media #nonukes #nuclearwaste #Repost • • • #Native #Indigenous #NativePride #IndigenousUnited #FirstNations