House spending panel ditches pro-Yucca Mountain amendment

Published: May. 22, 2019 at 11:47 AM PDT
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Nevada lawmakers helped beat back the latest effort to restart the licensing process necessary to build a nuclear waste repository at

north of Las Vegas.

Democratic Rep. Dina Titus says the House Appropriations Committee rejected a Republican-led amendment Tuesday that would have reserved more than $70 million to keep the project alive. She says it was the "latest attempt to force nuclear waste down Nevada's throat."

The spending measure could resurface when the Senate considers its version of the appropriations bill. But Titus said she'll work with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Steve Sisolak and the rest of Nevadan's congressional delegation to make sure it doesn't stick in the final version Congress will consider later this year.

Titus says Nevada doesn't use nuclear energy, doesn't produce nuclear waste and shouldn't be forced to store it.

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Statement from US Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV):

“Efforts to fund Yucca Mountain are dangerous, and an overwhelming majority of Nevadans do not want to see our state become a dumping ground for nuclear waste. This project has no business being revived. I'm happy to see my colleagues in the House agree with our delegation by voting down funding for Yucca. I'll keep fighting to protect Nevada from this Administration's reckless plans.”

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