U.S. Representative Paul C. Broun, M.D. (GA-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today held a roundtable discussion regarding the impact of U.S. nuclear waste management policy on the Central Savannah River Area. Specifically, Broun emphasized President Obama's decision to shut down the planned nuclear waste storage facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. At the roundtable, Dr. Broun provided a report compiled by the majority staff of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee that details the results of an investigative effort he has led through his role as investigations chairman. The report summarizes information from documents Broun and other Committee Members received that detail the Administrations' manipulation of process associated with the shutdown and the absence of a scientific basis upon which the decision was made.
"The Obama Administration has continually contradicted itself by claiming that Yucca Mountain is an unfit place to store nuclear waste, yet they have offered no data that this is a factual claim, nor have they offered an alternative plan for the disposal of our nation's nuclear waste," said Congressman Broun. "To date, the Committee has not received any scientific or technical rationale for determining that Yucca Mountain is "not a workable option.' The staff report released today highlights the fact that to-date the Committee has not received any scientific or technical analysis to support that Yucca Mountain is not a safe option for long-term nuclear waste storage. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission process is clearly broken, and I believe it is important for the NRC to finalize and make the Safety Evaluation Report public as a product of $15 billion of taxpayer funding, and as required by law."
Joining Congressman Broun on today's panel were Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, and representatives from Georgia Power, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the SRS Community Reuse Organization, and the Augusta Metro, North Augusta, and Aiken Chambers of Commerce.