BERKLEY SEEKS TO SLASH RADIOACTIVE PORK AS BUSH BUDGET CALLS FOR $495 MILLION TO FUND YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today released the following response to President Bush's $495 million budget request for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump:
"For the President to ask seniors, children and families to sacrifice in this budget while calling for ever more spending on Yucca Mountain is a slap in the face to all those who could be helped by using this funding to address urgent issues like the need for jobs, housing and medical insurance," said Berkley. "President Bush has made no secret about his desire to bury the nation's nuclear garbage 90 minutes outside Las Vegas and this year's budget again reflects his mistaken priorities, whether it be Yucca Mountain or cuts to Medicaid and Medicare."
"Support for this bloated $77 billion project continues to erode as the delays grow longer and the chance that Yucca Mountain will open before 2020 fades like a Nevada sunset. President Bush is dreaming if he thinks Congress is going to waste another $495 million on his plan to turn Nevada into a nuclear waste dump and I will continue to work with my colleagues to see that this radioactive pork is once again slashed," said Berkley.
"We can save billions of dollars that could be used to pay for more health care, to boost renewable energy and to promote economic growth by pulling the plug on Yucca Mountain and storing nuclear waste at reactor sites where it can safely remain for the next 100 years," said Berkley.