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S 1936 - Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996 - Key Vote

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Mitch McConnell voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (63-37) - (Key vote)

Title: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes locations for storage and disposal facilities for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

Highlights:
  • Establishes an interim storage facility for nuclear waste near Yucca Mountain, Nevada until a permanent facility is developed.
  • Establishes a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
  • Allows the President to find an alternative interim site before January 1, 1999.
  • Starts the transfer of nuclear waste by truck and rail before November 30, 1999.
  • Requires the Secretary of Energy to use routes that minimize the transportation of nuclear waste through populated areas.
  • Authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to establish standards for public protection.
  • Establishes the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management within the Department of Energy to oversee the bill's enactment.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996

Sponsors

  • Larry E. Craig (ID - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Edmond Spencer Abraham (MI - ) (Out Of Office)
  • James Merrill 'Jim' Jeffords (VT - I) (Out Of Office)
  • Dirk Kempthorne (ID - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon Kyl (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Frank H. Murkowski (AK - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Charles S. Robb (VA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Alan K. Simpson (WY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Clinton 'Bob' Smith (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Craig Thomas (WY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Strom Thurmond (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John William Warner (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
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