Issa Cosponsors Bill to Create Interim Storage Site for Nuclear WasteSeptember 29, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released a statement following the introduction of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act:
“Progress on moving the nation’s nuclear waste to the designated site at Yucca Mountain has been stalled for years due to political posturing. This failure of government to act has littered communities across the nation with high level nuclear waste stored in less than ideal conditions, including at the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in my own district.
“The Interim Consolidated Storage Act provides for a creative solution to a critical infrastructure need. The legislation would pair a region that is volunteering to host an interim waste storage facility with communities around the country that have nuclear waste demanding a better storage solution.
“The bill would neither replace Yucca Mountain – which remains our best bet for a permanent nuclear waste storage facility – nor would it take from Yucca Mountain’s funding, taking only from the interest that has accrued to the Nuclear Waste Fund.
“Maintaining the status quo is not an option. The waste from the closed San Onofre nuclear plant sits near an active fault line, adjacent to the heavily-trafficked Interstate 5 and the Pacific Ocean, and sandwiched between densely-populated Orange and San Diego Counties. This is just one example out of 120, nationwide. Continuing to do nothing while the can is perpetually kicked down the road is no longer an option, and the Interim Consolidated Storage Act is a decisive, tangible step to circumvent political and bureaucratic gridlock, and it makes Americans safer in the process.”