In May, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of continuing the process that would allow nuclear waste to be stored at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
” You go there and you see it’s the most remote, arid area of the country. You stand on top of Yucca Mountain and you say to yourself, ‘if we can’t put nuclear waste here, we can’t put it anywhere’. The law is still the law of the land. Yucca Mountain is still the repository for the nation’s waste, so we don’t have to pass any more laws. What we have to do is appropriate the money” , said S.C. Congressman Duncan .
South Carolina has nearly 15,000 tons of commercial and defense nuclear waste, and most of it is being stored in steel canisters inside a concrete building at the Savannah River Site. Ratepayers in South Carolina have already paid $1.3 billion to develop Yucca Mountain. Congressman Duncan says the only thing left to do is build a secure vault inside the mountain to be a safe place to store nuclear waste.”We want non-partisan, clean solutions.”