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House Panel Approves Yucca Mountain Bill Despite Opposition

Sept. 26, 2019, 7:31 PM

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee advanced legislation to reopen a controversial project to permanently store nuclear waste in the Nevadan desert while developing other sites in the interim.

H.R. 2699, a measure from Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), would restart the process of studying Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository, while considering two other remote sites for waste storage until the repository is built.

“This hazardous logjam puts communities at risk and inhibits our ability to integrate nuclear power into a robust emissions-reducing agenda to combat the impending threats ...