Las Vegas, Nevada - Clark County Commissioners today expressed their strong opposition to proposed federal legislation that would restart the licensing process for the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
"Years after federal officials recognized the shortfalls of Yucca Mountain, it is simply irresponsible to once again consider placing this dangerous burden on the citizens of Nevada," Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said.
"The selection of Yucca Mountain more than 30 years ago was based on politics, not science, and it is disrespectful to the health and safety of all Nevadans to bring it back," Commission Vice Chair Chris Giunchigliani said.
This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Nuclear Waste Amendments Act of 2018. The bill, H.R. 3053, focuses on restarting the licensing process for storing high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel in a repository at Yucca Mountain, located approximately 95 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas. The bill, which now goes to the U.S. Senate, would also increase the potential storage capacity at Yucca Mountain from 70,000 metric tons to 110,000 metric tons.
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1987 designated Yucca Mountain as the nation's only high-level nuclear waste repository, but efforts to license the facility were halted in 2011.
County officials have long raised serious concerns regarding the transportation of radioactive waste to Yucca Mountain, as well as the storage of radioactive waste there.