Energy Secretary Rick Perry continues to push for a nuke dump at Yucca Mountain.
“We must move ahead in fulfilling the federal government’s responsibility to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste,” Perry told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently.
Texas would be a good place for the nation’s nuke waste. How about there Rick?
According to the Review-Journal, Congress designated Yucca Mountain in 1987 as the site for storage of nuclear waste produced by power plants. The failure of the government to adequately store the growing backlog of waste is cited as a security threat.
Not everyone in Nevada opposes the Yucca Mountain site. Rural counties see development of a facility as an economic boon, and other proponents say the storage could position the state for a growing reprocessing industry.
Feckless House lawmakers with nuclear power plants in their congressional districts are mad because they’re not yet able to dump all that nuclear waste in Nevada.
The feds still can’t seem to figure out how to construct a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, federal taxpayers face a liability because of the government’s failure to construct and safely dispose of nuclear waste.
All eyes in Washington are on Nevada.
Yucca Mountain was designated by Congress as the national repository for nuclear waste in 1987. The Department of Energy spent $15 billion to study the site and applied for a license to construct a repository.
But President Barack Obama stopped funding for the licensing application in 2011.
President Donald Trump is seeking to restart the licensing process and included $120 million for it in the DOE budget.