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City of Encinitas Endorses Issa's Bill To Remove Nuclear Waste from San Onofre

Press Release
May 16, 2017

Support continues to build for legislation authored by Congressman Darrell Issa that would allow the nuclear waste at San Onofre to be moved from our community and into safe storage. In a letter dated May 10, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear writes expressing the City's support for the Interim Consolidated Storage Act (H.R. 474).

Calling H.R. 474 a "common sense" solution, Mayor Blakespear writes, "Situated in close proximity between the Pacific Ocean and Interstate 5, the results of a radioactive leak at SONGS would be devastating. Nuclear generating stations were not designed for long-term storage of SNF and the sooner the SNF is removed, the lower the chances of an on-site leak. The City of Encinitas supports H.R. 474 and looks forward to the swift passage of this bill."
The City's Full Letter Can Be Read Here
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) responded to the City's endorsement saying, "Long ago, the federal government made a promise to take this waste. I intend to keep them to their word. I'm proud to have the support of the City and so many others in our community for this important piece of legislation. I look forward to continuing to fight on this issue and ensure this waste gets moved and into safe storage as quickly as possible."

The City of Encinitas is the latest to express support for the legislation joining other groups which have included the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayors of OceansideHuntington BeachLaguna BeachSan Clemente and Seal Beach through the Concerned Coastal Communities Coalition and the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club

BACKGROUND:
 
On January 12, 2017 - Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) introduced a bill that would pave a path forward for storage of the nation's nuclear waste. The Interim Consolidated Storage Act would allow the Department of Energy to use interest from the Nuclear Waste Fund to contract temporary storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel and could have the federal government begin collecting waste from nuclear facilities across the country in as little as 5 years.

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