REPS. KIHUEN, ROSEN JOINT STATEMENT ON DECISION TO NOT INCLUDE FUNDING FOR YUCCA MOUNTAIN IN BILL TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN

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Washington, May 1, 2017 | comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2017
Contact: Miguel Salazar, 202-225-9894 (Kihuen)
Ivana Brancaccio, 202-225-3252 (Rosen)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Ruben J. Kihuen (NV-04) and Jacky Rosen (NV-03) issued the statement below following news that Congressional leaders reached a deal to fund the government through September. The deal does not include discrete funding for the controversial nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain:

“Last week, our delegation challenged the idea that Nevada is nothing more than a dumping ground for nuclear waste. Yucca Mountain, has been dead for years and there is no need for it to be resurrected. This is a promising win for all Nevadans and a testament to the bipartisan efforts of the Nevada delegation, but we will continue to fight to keep nuclear waste out of Nevada.” -Representative Ruben J. Kihuen

“I am proud to have made Nevada’s voice heard during last week’s committee hearing. Time and time again, our delegation has worked in a bipartisan fashion against becoming the nation’s dumping ground for nuclear waste. Yucca Mountain would require the shipment of over 70,000 metric tons of nuclear waste, posing an existential threat to our communities. This is simply dangerous and I will continue to alongside Nevada’s delegation against any attempt to revive Yucca Mountain.” -Representative Jacky Rosen

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