Alexander Statement on NRC Report Confirming Safety of Yucca Mountain

Posted on October 17, 2014

MEMPHIS, Oct. 17, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s publication of volume three of the safety evaluation report for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The report confirms that the proposed repository would meet stringent post-closure safety regulations to protect human health and the environment: 

“This report confirms what Republicans have been arguing and the Department of Energy scientists have stated: that used nuclear fuel can be stored safely in Yucca Mountain permanently. This is a critical step in solving the problem of what to do with used fuel from our nuclear reactors, and I will continue to work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to make sure the licensing work for Yucca Mountain is not stalled any longer so nuclear power can continue to be a source of clean, cheap, and reliable electricity in the United States.”

Alexander is a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the lead Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

 

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