Reps. Issa, Shimkus Visit SONGS Nuclear Site, Discuss Outlook for Nuclear Storage in New Administration
Feb 10, 2017
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee for the Environment, today toured the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station and later held a press briefing discussing the outlook for solutions to nuclear storage in the new administration.
Congressman Shimkus, whose subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the management of nuclear waste, accepted Congressman Issa's invitation to visit the site, see first-hand the decommissioning process, hear local concerns, and discuss possible solutions to get the waste removed from our communities and transferred into consolidated storage as soon as possible.
As of now, more than 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste will be stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station indefinitely, right off our coastline, along a busy freeway, next to a military installation, and a major railway until a federal solution can be worked out. It’s just one of more than 120 sites nationwide that will be forced to store the material until Yucca Mountain is completed or a consolidated interim storage plan is approved.
Congressman Darrell Issa: “Southern Californians have waited too long for the federal government to uphold their promise to take, and safely store, this nuclear material. The time for delay is over. It’s a privilege and honor to have Congressman Shimkus here in our district to see SONGS first-hand and hear local concerns on this critical issue. By bringing other lawmakers to our district, to educate and allow them to see the problems we face here locally, it’s my hope we can inspire action and the buy-in we need to advance a solution. In Congress, I’ll continue working on common-sense solutions to nuclear storage that ensure the federal government upholds the promise it made to ratepayers and gets this waste safely, and securely removed from our communities as quickly as possible.”
Congressman John Shimkus: "The federal government's failure to take possession of spent nuclear fuel has nearly doubled the costs borne by American taxpayers, and now total nearly $30 billion. This number will continue to rapidly increase until the federal government fulfills its promise to local communities and ratepayers to permanently dispose of this material. This unnecessary burden weighs even more heavily on communities where used fuel continues to linger in short-term, temporary storage. I appreciate Darrell inviting me to visit another one of those communities today, and for highlighting the local impact of the federal government's unmet obligations. This Congress I will continue to push for a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management that would move spent nuclear fuel out of these communities in a timely manner and toward permanent disposal at Yucca Mountain, as decided by the federal government thirty years ago."
BACKGROUND: Congressman Darrell Issa is the author of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act (H.R. 474) which would allow the government to designate a temporary, consolidated nuclear storage site so that nuclear fuel could be removed from the 120 or more nuclear sites around the nation and stored while Yucca Mountain is completed.
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