September 9, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following statement today on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) decision on the Yucca Mountain license application. The NRC’s order directs the commission’s licensing board to, by the end of this month, close and complete all necessary and appropriate case management activities, including disposal of all matters pending before it and comprehensively documenting the full history of the Yucca Mountain proceeding:
“Today’s decision by the NRC brings the Yucca Mountain saga closer to its final conclusion. I am pleased that the commission is ready to wrap up all work on Yucca licensing by the end of this month.
“Congress has zeroed out funding for Yucca, the Administration has completely shut down the project, and there is a Blue Ribbon Commission of venerable scientific, industry, environmental and policy experts working on a safer, more secure and realistic management strategy for nuclear waste. Our nation is clearly prepared to move on and finally solve the nuclear waste problem.
“The Commission’s long deliberation on this matter reflects the challenges our country faces in safely and securely managing nuclear waste without running roughshod over a single state or community. For 25 years, I have worked to stop the Yucca Mountain project. I look forward to using that experience to work with my colleagues in finally developing a plan to safely and securely manage nuclear waste in a way that protects Nevadans and all Americans from the most dangerous substance known to man.”