Titus Statement on DOE Redefining High-Level Nuclear Waste

Oct 4, 2018
Press Release
Change Will Allow Shipments of Nuclear Waste to Nevada

October 4, 2018

Las Vegas, NV – Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District released the following statement in response to a Department of Energy Request for Public Comment on the Interpretation of High-Level Radioactive Waste:

“Make no mistake, the Trump Administration will find any way to dump nuclear waste in the State of Nevada without consent,” said Representative Dina Titus. “This move to reinterpret the definition of high-level nuclear waste is nothing more than a backdoor Yucca Mountain. Current law does not allow this kind of waste to be shipped to the State for permanent disposal. If Donald Trump and the Republicans get their way, the flood gates for nuclear waste will be swung wide open, and the Nevada Test Site will be Destination #1. We’ve already seen the failure to protect the State against indefinite storage of highly-radioactive plutonium, and Secretary Rick Perry isn’t stopping there. I call on Governor Sandoval, Attorney General Laxalt, and Senator Heller to join me in standing up to the President’s attacks on our state.” 

You can find the Federal Register Notice on its interpretation of the statutory term "high-level radioactive waste" at the following link: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/10/f56/HLWnotice-FRN_Web_10-04-18.pdf
There will be a 60 day public comment period on the Department’s proposal.