Budget Implications of Closing Yucca Mountain, Hearing Before the Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, Hearing Held in Washington, DC, July 27, 2010   [open pdf - 857KB]

This is the July 27, 2010 hearing on "Budget Implications of Closing Yucca Mountain," held before the U.S. House Committee on the Budget. From the opening statement of John M. Spratt: "Good morning, and welcome to the Budget Committee hearing. Our topic today is the budget implications of the administration's proposal to close the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Project. Speaking for myself, I am opposed to the administration's decision to terminate Yucca Mountain for several reasons. First, I am concerned that the federal government's failure to resolve the problem of nuclear waste disposal has significant implications for the federal budget, which is our jurisdiction. Second, it also means that nuclear waste that belongs in a permanent repository will instead be stored indefinitely at sites including my state and my district. Radioactive waste is a byproduct of this nation's energy production and defense. By law, disposing of spent nuclear fuel and high level waste is a federal responsibility. But because the federal government is not meeting its obligation, waste is being stored indefinitely at more than 120 sites across the nation. In addition to the several sites that are in my district, South Carolina, my state, has the Savannah River Site, of which we are justly proud. But it stores more than 37 million gallons of nuclear waste, a grim legacy of the Cold War." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John M. Spratt, Jr., Kim Cawley, Paul Ryan, Kristina M. Johnson, Michael F. Hertz, Rick Larsen, David Wright, and Gerald E. Connolly.

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Serial No. 111-30
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