It’s Time to Pursue a Genuine Solution for Nuclear Waste

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump bowed to reality as he said his administration would end its attempts to force nuclear waste into the unsafe Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.

Following is a statement by Geoff Fettus, senior attorney in the Nuclear Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

"With this change of direction by the Trump administration, decades of unfortunate attempts to shove nuclear waste down Yucca Mountain officially come to an end. Congress must now move in a new direction, one based on sound science, the consent of the state and local citizens, and compliance with all environmental laws."

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