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Lawmakers Urge NRC to Complete Safety Report for Yucca Mountain

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Congressman Doc Hastings and a group of bipartisan lawmakers requested that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) complete its work on the Safety Evaluation Report (SER) for Yucca Mountain. 

On Friday, the lawmakers sent a letter requesting the NRC to comply with the law of the land and move the United States closer to having a permanent repository for nuclear waste.

On August 13, 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the NRC to restart its work on the licensing process for a permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain – the nation's legal repository for commercial spent nuclear fuel and for high-level defense waste at Hanford and other sites across the nation.  

Congress has voted to reaffirm Yucca Mountain as the legal repository several times and the House of Representatives included $25 million for Yucca Mountain in its Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

"Releasing the NRC report and completing the Yucca Mountain licensing process is critical for Washington state," said Hastings.  "A $12 billion facility designed to vitrify Hanford's high-level tank waste so that it can be sent to Yucca Mountain is nearly 70 percent complete.  Further delays of Yucca Mountain add risk to the Waste Treatment Plant and will result in waste staying at Hanford longer."

Click here to read a copy of the letter signed by 81 bipartisan Members of Congress.