The federal government should act now to meet its obligation to promptly remove used nuclear fuel from existing and decommissioned reactor sites in our states. Electric consumers have paid in excess of $38 billion (including interest) and contribute approximately $750 million annually into the Nuclear Waste Fund. Consumers have dutifully met their legal obligation over the last 30 years, but the federal government has not.
- Yucca Mountain License Application Completion. The NRC’s independent review of Yucca Mountain as a geologic disposal facility is well advanced. Now that the Court has issued its mandamus ruling, the NRC should release the Safety Evaluation Report. Congress should fund the completion of the license application review and continue aggressive oversight.
- Funding & Governance Reform. The Administration, with Congressional support, needs to fix the funding mechanism for the nuclear waste program so that money collected from consumers is used for its intended purpose. Further, Congress should establish a new federal corporation to manage the nuclear waste program.
- Consolidated Storage with Priority for Shutdown Reactor Fuel. Congress and the Administration should facilitate consolidated storage as a way for the federal government to begin meeting its obligations.
We urge movement on legislation that addresses this pressing problem.
Your leadership is needed to advance these critical nuclear waste program reforms. We welcome the opportunity for further discussion and stand ready to work with you.