Alexander Statement on Yucca Mountain Legislation

Posted on March 10, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on legislation on Yucca Mountain by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Dean Heller:

“Congress has already approved Yucca Mountain as our country’s current nuclear waste repository, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said we can safely store nuclear waste there for up to one million years. Continuing to oppose Yucca Mountain is to ignore both the law and science.

“The new sites we’d seek to establish through  the legislation I am reintroducing this year would not take the place of Yucca Mountain — we have more than enough waste to fill Yucca Mountain to its legal capacity — but rather would complement it. Yucca Mountain is part of the solution.”

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