Posted by Sen. Reid's Staff on 9/14/2011 - 4:49 PM
Last week, a decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) brought the Yucca Mountain saga closer to its final conclusion. I’m pleased that by the end of September the NRC will wrap up all work on this dangerous project that will never see the light of day in Nevada.
There is no money being spent on Yucca Mountain, and there never will be in the future. Instead, a Blue Ribbon Commission of venerable scientific, industry, environmental and policy experts are 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.