Duncan Applauds Passage of Nuclear Waste Storage Legislation

May 10, 2018 Issues: Energy

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) praised the passage of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, in the House of Representatives:

“I have long been an advocate for nuclear energy, but as we create it, we also create nuclear waste. Up until now, the federal government has neglected its responsibility to manage the nuclear waste spread across communities all over the United States.

“The law of the land is clear – Yucca Mountain should act as the nation’s long-term nuclear waste repository. For decades, ratepayers in South Carolina have paid over $1.3 billion in fees to construct and operate this safe, long-term storage site. However, Yucca Mountain is still not in operation despite the billions of dollars paid by South Carolinians and ratepayers across the country.

“The House made progress today by holding the federal government accountable and reforming our nuclear waste policy to utilize Yucca Mountain for its intended purpose – a permanent geologic repository. We can’t let this promise to the American people continue to languish. I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to end the trivial political game and fulfill this legal obligation and a decade’s old promise to operate Yucca Mountain and secure our spent nuclear fuel.”

Background:

  • 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 $1.3 billion in fees ($40 billion nationwide) to construct and operate a long-term storage facility in Yucca Mountain.
  • 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.

Click here to read more about the bill and here to view my floor speech.  

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