House Appropriators Spar Over Yucca Mountain at Spending Markup

July 13, 2020, 8:00 PM

The decades-long quest to figure out storing nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain dominated discussion during Monday’s Appropriations Committee markup of the energy and water spending bill.

The committee approved a $49.6 billion spending measure for energy and water infrastructure that boosts spending for renewable energy. The House is aiming to bring its 12 appropriations bills to the floor for consideration before the August recess, but that could be a heavy lift.

While lawmakers didn’t offer any amendments related to the divisive Nevada project to store high-level nuclear waste, committee Republicans complained that Congress and the White House have failed ...

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