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Washington, May 10, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C  – Today, Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen spoke on the House floor ahead of a vote on H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, despite the outspoken objections from a majority of Nevadans. Remarks as prepared can be found below:

“In 1987, Nevada was targeted as the dumping ground for America’s nuclear waste through the “Screw Nevada” bill.

“30 years later, we’re putting lipstick on a pig and this bill continues to screw Nevada.

“Nevada is home to some of the most strategic military instillations across the world, including Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, and the Hawthorne Army Depot.

“Turning Yucca Mountain into the nation’s nuclear waste repository requires that waste to be transported dangerously close to the training range and close to our brave men and women serving at these facilities.

“Don’t just take my word for it. Less than a year ago, the Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, came to Nevada and stated what the Air Force has been saying for years:

“That the transportation of this waste to Yucca Mountain will negatively impact the ability of the Nevada Test and Training Range and its ability to train our service members.

“For national security reasons alone, the proposed Yucca Mountain project should never happen.

“It is not just national security reasons for my opposition to Yucca Mountain. The site sits less than 100 miles away from Las Vegas.

“The city sees 42 million visitors each year with many of these visitors coming from your districts.

“Putting a nuclear repository this close to millions of Americans is simply irresponsible and I have grave concerns with the transportation of nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain, should this project continue against the will of Nevadans.

“Putting a nuclear repository in Nevada’s backyard means that this high level nuclear waste must travel through your backyards first.

“Moreover, our state produces no nuclear energy and somehow we are supposed to serve as the dumping ground for the rest of the country’s nuclear waste.

“Nevada has never consented to the Yucca Mountain project. We refuse to be an unwilling host. 

“Mr. Speaker, we have a saying in Nevada that is well known across the country. “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Well it appears that the saying has been changed without Nevadans’ knowledge.

“Now that it’s clear that this Congress does not care about Nevadans, perhaps it’s time to change our saying to “what happens everywhere else stays in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District.”

“Simply put, there is no reason to store the nation’s spent nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. That is why I urge my colleagues to vote in opposition to this bill.”


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