Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation that included $258 million to restart Yucca Mountain in the 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.
“I stand with my Nevada colleagues in the House against any attempt to revive the misguided and dangerous Yucca Mountain project. The House’s funding for Yucca Mountain ignores local stakeholders and numerous unresolved health and safety concerns. Yucca Mountain is nothing but a hole in the ground with rusted equipment that has cost American taxpayers billions. I will take every procedural step necessary in the United States Senate to stop any attempt to revive Yucca Mountain. Nevadans have spoken, they expect our states’ rights to be respected. We have no interest in having a nuclear waste dump in our backyard.”