Summary: To amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes. Cosponsors (Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 8/06/19.
STATUS: Introduced 5/14/19 by Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Our country has a dangerous buildup of inadequately secured nuclear waste,” said Congressman McNerney. “We need a short and long-term solution for the storage and disposal of nuclear waste. This hazardous logjam puts communities at risk and inhibits our ability to integrate nuclear power into a robust emissions-reducing agenda to combat the impending threats of climate change.” (Rep. McNerney, Press Release, 5/14/19)
- The bipartisan Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act would authorize privately owned interim storage options in the short-term as requested by stakeholders living near shut down nuclear plants, while removing barriers to the licensing and development of a permanent long-term solution. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 established Yucca Mountain as the site for the first federal geologic repository of spent nuclear fuel. Since that time utilities have paid billions into the nuclear waste fund (as above), to advancing the licensing process. (Source: Clear Path Action)