(EnviroNews Nevada) — Washington D.C. — On April 26, 2017, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), held a hearing to examine a “discussion draft” called, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (the 2017 Act). This measure seeks to restart the licensing process for the unfinished, and currently defunct, Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository (Yucca Mountain).
The 2017 Act has been called the “Screw Nevada Two Bill” by opponents of Yucca Mountain because it represents the federal government’s second attempt to send most of the country’s nuclear waste to Nevada for permanent storage, despite the state’s many objections. Yucca Mountain licensing is slated for funding under
President Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal.
Four Nevada lawmakers spoke out against this draft legislation at the April hearing and have also introduced their own bills defending state’s rights regarding consent on nuclear waste disposal issues. During his testimony, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) pointed out that Nevada does not currently have any nuclear power plants of its own.
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EnviroNews Nevada by Julia Travers on April 27, 2017, as posted at http://www.environews.tv/042717-screw-nevada-two-bill-nv-may-forced-take-u-s-nuclear-waste-trump-plan/