Upton issues statement after the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 passes Committee
Committee also passed Upton’s, Dingell’s amendment to protect the Great Lakes from nuclear waste
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after the full Energy and Commerce Committee voted by voice to advance H.R. 2699 - the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019 - which would assist in the resolution of the pending permanent repository license. The NWPAA would restart the long-stalled process of licensing the repository at Yucca Mountain.
Upton is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
Upton and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) also offered a bipartisan amendment to the bill, which expressed a sense of congress to disallow the permanent or long-term storage of nuclear waste near the Great Lakes by the governments of the United States or Canada. The amendment passed unanimously.
“Nuclear fuel and other high-level waste is currently stranded at 121 sites in 39 states around the country, so the bottom line, we need a permanent solution for safely disposing spent nuclear fuel. The bipartisan legislation the committee advanced today is a critical step,” Upton said. “I’m also proud that my colleagues understand the importance of protecting the Great Lakes – which account for more than 20 percent of the world’s freshwater supply. An estimated 40 million people depend on the Great Lakes for a water source. Today’s amendment sends a clear message: Congress is united against storing nuclear waste in or near the Great Lakes.”
H.R. 2699 was introduced by U.S. Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and John Shimkus (R-IL). Specifically, the legislation:
The legislation is similar to H.R. 3053, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 with bipartisan support.
To learn more about the NWPAA of 2019, click here.