Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) released the following joint statement after the House of Representative passed legislation to restart the Yucca Mountain project:
“The House bill to revive Yucca Mountain is dead on arrival. Yucca is a massive waste of taxpayer dollars to the tune of $15 billion. Now, the House has voted to waste another $82 billion. We will continue to make sure that any effort to restart this project fails. Scientists have deemed Yucca too dangerous for long term nuclear storage.
“Yucca threatens Southern Nevada’s water supply, disrupts training sites at Nellis Air Force Base, and sits on an active fault line. Las Vegas is one of our nation’s premier tourist destinations; putting a radioactive nuclear waste dump in its backyard ignores the voices of millions of Nevadans and tramples states’ rights.”