Critics of the Trump administration’s plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada dismissed the initiative as “naive” and “sign of affection” for the nuclear industry.
President Trump – 2018 budget $to start 120 million in licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, as well as the initiation of a “robust interim storage program” to safely store nuclear waste for 10,000 years.
Nevada Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site languished since three decades because of opposition from both environmentalists and liberal politicians, such as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
But in 1982, Congress made a legally binding commitment that the US government was responsible for the disposal of the radioactive material, which can be tens of thousands of years to degrade. Five years later, the Congress, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, amended, and determined Yucca Mountain as the lone repository for high-level nuclear waste.
According to a 2011 Government Accountability Office estimate, since 1987, the Federal government dumped $15 billion into the development of the Nevada waste site.
In 2010, after great opposition from Reid, the Obama administration funding for the project cut in the early President of the first term, and in 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allowed the shutdown of the project, citing “budgetary limitations” of the Congress.
To resuscitate now the trump-government the project plans.
According to the president’s budget proposal, the investments are said to be more rapid progress in the performance of the Federal government to burden the obligations of the “address to the nuclear waste, national security and reduce future taxpayer.”
“We are approaching a third decade of Federal abdication, when it comes to the appropriate disposition of the used nuclear fuel — there are indications that the new government wants to end the Blockade, but said a solution with the two branches of government,” Nuclear Energy Institute spokesman John Keeley of Fox News. “The nuclear industry is committed to working with Congress and the administration to the used fuel management program back on its feet.
But Fox News contributor and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, a strong opponent of the plan. He kept a nuclear waste dump in Ohio in 1995, and has extensive work on nuclear energy, if the Chairman of a sub-Committee for domestic policy. And Kucinich told Fox News that President Trump’s proposed $120 million wouldn’t even be the cost of the paperwork in the organization of Yucca Mountain.
“The President, a very well-known developer, you should know that a nuclear waste Depot is the opposite of the development — nobody wants anywhere near it,” Kucinich told Fox News.
A President Trump franchise Hotels, Trump International in Las Vegas, is only a 20-minute drive from the repository.
The White house had no further comment, except the first proposal for Yucca Mountain.
“This is just a sign of affection by the President of the nuclear industry, which will have very little impact on whether or not a nuclear waste dump is cited in Nevada,” Kucinich said.
Nevada residents have a strong the project of a fight.
Sr., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., who has Reid’s Senate seat after his retirement last year, told Fox News that they keep fighting “against this” and every other attempt at a “revival of this reckless project.”
“Trump is trying to revive Yucca Mountain is naive and a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money,” Cortez Masto would be said, and cited a report that estimated licensing hearings alone would cost billions more than $1.6. “Yucca Mountain is nothing more than a hole in the ground and will never be a viable solution for dealing with the nuclear waste — Nevadans know this, and they were not clear, they want a nuclear dump in their backyard.”
Kelley told Fox News that, as long as the government meets its “legal obligation, the fuel-to-accept,” the industry will continue to “safely” store the waste in his “99 operating reactors, is located on 61 sites in 30 States.”
Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.