Barrett: President's Decision To Close Yucca Mountain Project
Last week, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) introduced a resolution that calls on the President to honor the bipartisan commitment made to taxpayers to establish Yucca Mountain as the Nation's primary permanent nuclear waste storage site. In regards to filing this resolution, Barrett made the following remarks:
"Since 1982, over $16 billion in taxpayer money has been paid into the Nuclear Waste Fund for the Yucca Mountain project and $2.1 billion of that funding has come directly from South Carolina citizens. Yucca Mountain is currently the only permanent storage option that has been approved by Congress and by law, the nation's principal, long-term solution for spent nuclear fuel. The idea that the President intends to abandon these plans, which have been meticulously developed for years, is an inexcusable and costly decision.
I introduced this resolution because both the Administration and Congress need to honor the bipartisan commitment that has been made to taxpayers to establish Yucca Mountain as the Nation's primary permanent nuclear waste storage site.
Temporary nuclear waste holding facilities, such as the Savannah River Site, were not intended to store nuclear waste indefinitely. Now is time to take a stand and hold the Administration accountable, so we can ensure that the promise made to these facilities and their surrounding communities remains intact."