Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today released the following statement commending the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) after the BRC released its final report on recommendations for managing nuclear waste:
“The Yucca Mountain project failed and is now a relic of the past. The Blue Ribbon Commission’s final report is a critical step towards safely and securely managing nuclear waste.
“Most importantly, this report makes abundantly clear that no state, tribe or community should be forced to store spent nuclear fuel or high-level waste without its express consent. Yucca was originally selected because of a flawed, non-scientific and political process, and it failed because Nevadans, with good reason, overwhelmingly opposed it.
“The responsible course of action is not to resurrect a costly and failed nuclear waste policy, but to chart a realistic path towards solving the problem. The Commission and its distinguished co-chairs, former Congressman Lee Hamilton and General Brent Scowcroft, have taken the critical step of developing credible recommendations for policy makers to consider for managing nuclear waste in the near and long-term. I commend the Commission’s efforts and look forward to working with my colleagues to finally develop a nuclear waste policy that protects Nevadans and all Americans.”