Duncan: Finish Yucca Mountain

February 7, 2020
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) responded to President Trump’s recent statement on Yucca Mountain:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) responded to President Trump’s recent statement on Yucca Mountain:

“We know that Yucca Mountain is a national solution to a national problem – not to mention it’s the law of the land. The permanent nuclear waste repository (Yucca Mountain) was promised to the American people by the federal government years ago, and since then ratepayers across the country have paid billions to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Waste Fund to make Yucca Mountain a reality. South Carolina ratepayers alone have paid $3 billion, including interest, to permanently dispose used nuclear fuel at the site.

“While I understand this has become a sensitive political issue in Nevada, it’s important to remember that Yucca Mountain is federal land, and the property clause gives the federal government the power to make the repository a reality. Nevada can’t have ultimate veto power over federal law.

“I will continue to engage with the Trump Administration on why Yucca Mountain is important to South Carolina communities and the 38 other states where nuclear waste sits idle – states where money has been collected for years to establish the repository. I will encourage President Trump to keep his original position on the matter, the position that has been bipartisan for years: finish Yucca Mountain!”

Background on Congressman Duncan’s Yucca Mountain Work

  • There is over 4,500 tons of spent nuclear fuel in temporary storage in South Carolina from commercial reactors.
  • Ratepayers in South Carolina have paid $3 billion, including interest, to construct and operate a long-term storage facility in Yucca Mountain.
    • Ratepayers nationwide have paid $40 billion.
  • 121 sites around the country are currently holding nuclear waste, including Savannah River Site located in South Carolina.
  • Despite the legal obligation in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 and billions collected from Americans for several decades, no nuclear waste has been moved to Yucca Mountain.
  • The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act holds the federal government accountable and reforms our nuclear waste policy to utilize Yucca Mountain for its intended purpose – a permanent geological repository for our nation’s nuclear waste. Congressman Duncan is an original cosponsor.
    • The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill on November 19, 2019.
    • The House of Representatives passed the bill on May 10, 2018 with bipartisan support.
  • In 2019, Congressman Duncan led an appropriations letter for Yucca Mountain funding, and he testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy & Water Development Subcommittee.
    • View his remarks HERE.