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Yucca Mountain Bill Can Overcome Nevada Opposition: Shimkus

April 26, 2017, 4:54 PM

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said he is confident the Energy Department will back Congress’s efforts to restart work on Yucca Mountain as a permanent repository for the nation’s nuclear waste, despite opposition from Nevada leadership.

“I met with [Energy Secretary] Rick Perry. I’m fully confident. I think we have an administration that wants to comply with the law,” Shimkus told reporters after an April 26 House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee hearing on draft legislation to restart work on Yucca Mountain.

The bill is a reflection of the renewed interest in the Republican-controlled Congress for resuming work on Yucca ...

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