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“Yucka” Mountain – Hillary wants an alternative to store nuclear waste


Here’s a recent Associated Press story that some may have missed. I ran into it looking through some political Web sites:

Associated Press – July 20, 2007 9:55 PM ET

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Repeating her vow to kill Yucca Mountain if elected president, Senator Hillary Clinton is calling for an immediate halt to the federal licensing process. She also is asking for Senate hearings to consider alternatives to the proposed nuclear waste repository in southern Nevada.

The Democratic presidential hopeful from New York told reporters during a teleconference today it is past time to start exploring alternatives to Yucca Mountain.

She says the Bush administration is ignoring science and — in her words — “pushing forward recklessly with this license application without having protective standards in place.”

Clinton is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She says she will ask the panel’s chairman, California Democrat Barbara Boxer, to schedule the hearing.

The committee has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency, which is setting radiation standards for the project. It also oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, which will decide whether to approve the Energy Department’s application for a license to operate the waste dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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Category: nuclear energy