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Governor Issues Statement Yucca Mountain License Submission


Location: Columbia, SC

Governor Issues Statement Yucca Mountain License Submission

Governor Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Energy's submission of a license application to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a first step in the process to moving forward with plans for the Yucca Mountain disposal facility:

"While it certainly needs to be remembered that this is only the first step in the process, I'd thank the Department of Energy for taking this step on something that's been a long time coming for South Carolina," Gov. Sanford said. "Over the years, South Carolina has become an increasingly large temporary home to nuclear waste, and moving forward on this application is an important part of the federal government keeping promises that have been made to our state over the course of many years. We believe Yucca Mountain to be an important part of our nation's future both when it comes to energy policy and security, and we're hopeful that this process will continue without delay."

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