WASHINGTON — Rep. Barton (R-Ennis) released the following statement on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s approval of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, on June 28.
“Today, we jump-started progress on the long-stalled Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository. I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together and working in a bipartisan way to solve a national priority," Barton said. “Once this bill is signed into law, Yucca Mountain can move forward as our national nuclear waste storage depository while also allowing for a single temporary interim storage facility until it is complete. High-level nuclear waste needs a safe, secure home and should no longer be stranded across the nation. Thirty years ago, the federal government committed to a permanent repository for nuclear waste — it is time we make good on that promise.”
According to a press release issued by his office, Barton has worked tirelessly for over two decades to move the ball forward on safe and secure high-level waste storage, both long-term and interim. Nuclear waste at present is stored on-site at nuclear power generators that are often near communities, which raises both security and safety concerns.
The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, located in Nevada, was originally designated by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1987. Its Wikipedia description lists its purpose to be a "deep geological repository storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste in the United States."
The encyclopedia entry also notes that project was approved by the United States Congress in 2002 but lost its federal funding in 2011 under the Obama Administration.
The latest act was passed by a 49-4 vote, of which the Las Vegas Sun reported zero reside in Nevada.