CARSON CITY, NV - May 08, 2018
Governor Brian Sandoval today made the following statement regarding H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018:
“The State of Nevada’s position on the forced siting of the Yucca Mountain Project in Nevada remains unchanged, and I strongly object to the House’s consideration of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018.
“The construction of a nuclear waste repository is unprecedented in our nation’s history, so the idea that Congress can legislate the science involved is especially troubling. The bill would fast-track the licensing process and increase the project’s waste capacity; the rationale for both decisions is not rooted in science, but rather in politics.
“The State of Nevada has repeatedly declined to negotiate with Congress on the siting of the Yucca Mountain Project. That position remains unchanged and the health and safety of our residents should not be negotiated away for any level of funding, grants or other perceived ‘benefits.’ We reject any provisions in the underlying bill that purport to ‘compensate’ the state for the siting of the project.”
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