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house Bill H.R. 3053

Reforming Nuclear Waste Management & Moving the Yucca Mountain Repository Forward

Argument in favor

Spent nuclear waste sits idle in 121 communities across 39 states because America lacks a permanent repository, creating a threat to public safety and exposing taxpayers to liability because of the federal government’s inaction. This bill helps resolve the pending licensing process for the Yucca Mountain repository while reforming nuclear waste management policy in a bipartisan manner.

River's Opinion
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05/07/2018
Nuclear energy is the least resource-intensive energy source we have today and at the same time the cleanest. The barriers to settling on an interim storage site for spent fuel have been almost entirely political and it is important for us to take care of this situation now in order to continue paving the way for next-generation reactors, many of which will be able to use this spent fuel to produce additional clean energy.
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SharonVonk's Opinion
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05/06/2018
There are no good options to deal with nuclear waste - so let’s stop generating it. Meanwhile, it is better to collect existing waste into one or a few secure locations. Yucca Mountain has a lot of work already performed and is in a secure area. I suggest we move ahead and move waste there.
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tituswife's Opinion
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05/10/2018
The nuclear waste already exists. It must be stored. This is not an issue of where our energy comes from. I'm curious where Congresswoman Titus would like it permanently stored, since she's opposed to her state.
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This bill is another step in the long process of forcing Nevada to host the nation’s nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository which is wrong as communities hosting nuclear waste should have the right to give their consent. Congress shouldn’t be passing judgment in favor or in opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository while the licensing process is still underway.

Ann's Opinion
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05/10/2018
As Rep Dina Titus aptly called it, this is the “Screw Nevada Bill”. Why should my state be the repository for your nuclear waste? This is especially in light of the fact that there are other energy options available (such as wind, solar or less preferred natural gas). Why aren’t the states using nuclear energy responsible for their own nuclear waste???? I’ve heard Yucca mountain has been engineered to hold the waste for 1000 years; too bad the half life for this waste is 10s of 1000s of years. If you don’t want it, why do you insist Nevada get stuck with it????
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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05/10/2018
Why do the Reps from other states have the right or the ability to say what Nevada is going to have done to it. That Rep from Nevada has said repeatedly that this is NOT what Nevada wants, so listen up, Representatives. Besides that moving all that nuclear waste across the country will put lots of people, towns, states and highways in danger. This is ridiculous.
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D's Opinion
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05/10/2018
Shouldn’t this be decided by the State of Nevada first?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed May 10th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 340 Yea / 72 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Armed Services
      Strategic Forces
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 26th, 2017

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    Nuclear energy is the least resource-intensive energy source we have today and at the same time the cleanest. The barriers to settling on an interim storage site for spent fuel have been almost entirely political and it is important for us to take care of this situation now in order to continue paving the way for next-generation reactors, many of which will be able to use this spent fuel to produce additional clean energy.
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    As Rep Dina Titus aptly called it, this is the “Screw Nevada Bill”. Why should my state be the repository for your nuclear waste? This is especially in light of the fact that there are other energy options available (such as wind, solar or less preferred natural gas). Why aren’t the states using nuclear energy responsible for their own nuclear waste???? I’ve heard Yucca mountain has been engineered to hold the waste for 1000 years; too bad the half life for this waste is 10s of 1000s of years. If you don’t want it, why do you insist Nevada get stuck with it????
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    Why do the Reps from other states have the right or the ability to say what Nevada is going to have done to it. That Rep from Nevada has said repeatedly that this is NOT what Nevada wants, so listen up, Representatives. Besides that moving all that nuclear waste across the country will put lots of people, towns, states and highways in danger. This is ridiculous.
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    Shouldn’t this be decided by the State of Nevada first?
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    Ask Nevada.
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    There are no good options to deal with nuclear waste - so let’s stop generating it. Meanwhile, it is better to collect existing waste into one or a few secure locations. Yucca Mountain has a lot of work already performed and is in a secure area. I suggest we move ahead and move waste there.
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    The nuclear waste already exists. It must be stored. This is not an issue of where our energy comes from. I'm curious where Congresswoman Titus would like it permanently stored, since she's opposed to her state.
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    Our government is using the Yucca Mountain as a scapegoat for dumping nuclear waste. Why not have the nuclear sites be responsible for their own waste? Is it because it is the best solution that our government refuses to see it? Or have the lobbyists for these nuclear sites placed huge monetary down payments with our representatives to pass on the nuclear waste responsibility?
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    Make this happen. If we can get fuel out of the pools and into the repository it will help secure our energy future for a long time. I work in his industry and with the advances in technology this will allow many more years of safe, clean reactor operation.
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    We’ve seen too much damage from nuclear waste sites. The damage can be seen in soil, in water, and thereby in the people and ecosystems living nearby. We need a new solution to our nuclear waste problem. Dumping more waste in communities is not the answer.
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    Stop kicking the waste can down the road.
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    This should have been done before I was even born. Let's get it going already.
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    Moving the nuclear waste into the middle of a desert that will never be used for anything? Sign me up.
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    Before we hastily pass this bill, we must understand and acknowledge the expertise and commitment that Finland and Sweden have on creating publicly approved, sustainable, and clean nuclear waste management sites. Our government must work with those countries' experts and the IAEA to create a clean future. We must protect our environment and our people, and why not follow those that have already succeeded, we must find better solutions and stronger possibilities. Our society is just not ready to speed up this program, but to improve the program before it continues.
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    Las Vegas is the country’s most visited tourist destination, with visitors coming from all over the world. The optics on storing the nation’s nuclear waste within such close proximity to such a large populace of people, let alone over 42 million visitors annually, are awful. A permanent storage solution should be centrally located, and should not be in immediate vicinity of millions of Americans. If the argument is that Yucca Mountain is “already existing”, then build a new one more strategically and safely located. Had Congress started doing this all those years ago when this initially became a debate, the project would have been done by now, and we would already be storing the waste. New plants could be built and we could make further progress on reducing energy carbon emissions.
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    This bill is another step in the long process of forcing Nevada to host the nation’s nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository which is wrong as communities hosting nuclear waste should have the right to give their consent. Congress shouldn’t be passing judgment in favor or in opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository while the licensing process is still underway.
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    This cannot go into effect without the intended host community’s consent.
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    I believe each state should be responsible for their own nuclear waste
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    What does Nevada say?
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    Unless Nevada and it's residents have guess that this is okay then Benedict Trump and his regime have no right to make this decision on their behalf.
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