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House Committee Holds Hearing on Solutions To Move Nuclear Waste Away From San Onofre

Press Release
Sep 26, 2017

Congressman Issa (R-Vista) today took part in a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, examining nuclear waste storage policy and solutions that would allow nuclear waste, like that from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), to be moved out of our communities. 

At the urging of Congressman Issa, today's hearing included a local representative, the Chairman of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Community Engagement Panel -- David Victor -- as it is imperative to ensure concerns from San Onofre area residents are heard and prioritized as the House continues advancing new policy aimed at breaking the decades of gridlock over the safe storage of nuclear waste.

Highlights from Congressman Issa's portion of the hearing are below, as is a link to to footage where the entire hearing may be viewed. 

Congressman Issa: "Is there anyone who disagrees that there aren't a number of places inherently safer [than San Onofre] and that it would be inherently reckless to leave them in the least safe place that one could describe: on an earthquake fault, in a populated area, between an interstate and the ocean?" [Clip here]

Mr. Victor: No. I completely agree, there are a lot of places that are a lot smarter.

...

Congressman Issa: 
"I fear that if we do not find [a solution], taxpayers will find that the fund will be evaporated [and] taxpayers will pay hundreds of billions of dollars, if we do not act now and act in a responsible way. I know for an absolute certainty taxpayers are already on the hook at this point for tens of billions of dollars over the next century, but this is a 10,000 year problem in need of a low-cost, safe solution. I thank you and the Ranking Member for holding this hearing. It's a great first step." [Clip here]

Other witnesses in the hearing included:

Mr. Anthony J. O’Donnell
Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission
Chair of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Mr. Chuck Smith
Councilmember of Aiken County, South Carolina
on behalf of Energy Communities Alliance

Dr. Edwin Lyman
Senior Scientist, Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

Ms. Katie Tubb
Policy Analyst at the Institute for Economic Freedom
The Heritage Foundation

Congressman Issa is the lead sponsor of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2017, which he's introduced to pave the path forward on removing the nuclear waste from San Onofre. Earlier in June, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, which included language he fought to include that would authorize interim storage to get the spent fuel removed from his district as soon as possible.

His bill - the Interim Consolidated Storage Act - is supported by groups including the City of Encinitas, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the Orange 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.

Footage of the Full Hearing And More Information is Available Here

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