The Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC) issued the following statement after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued an order this week concerning resumption of the Yucca Mountain licensing process:
“We’re pleased that the NRC has decided to follow the good counsel of the NWSC and other key stakeholders to ensure the timely completion and publication of the unfinished volumes of the Safety Evaluation Report,” said NWSC Chairman and Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner David Boyd.
“The NWSC urges the Department of Energy (DOE) to also expeditiously follow NRC’s request that DOE ‘take the laboring oar in completing the environmental review,’ a task that can also be accomplished using existing funds. Additionally, we urge both NRC and DOE to immediately request – and urge Congress to ensure – that additional funds are appropriated to both agencies to support completion of the entire Yucca Mountain licensing process consistent with the federal government’s longstanding obligation to the nation’s electric consumers.”
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The Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition is an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of member state utility regulators, consumer advocates, tribal governments, local governments, electric utilities, and other public and private sector experts on nuclear waste policy matters. NWSC’s primary focus is to protect ratepayer payments into the Nuclear Waste Fund and to support the removal and ultimate disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste currently stranded at sites across the country.