Legislation Offers Path Forward on Nuclear Waste

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.) introduced legislation today that could end a 60-year impasse over our nation’s nuclear waste.

The bill would establish a task force to consider removing exemptions for radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel from our bedrock environmental laws. Doing so would allow for geologic repositories for nuclear waste that have strong environmental protections and the consent of state leaders and local residents.

The following is a comment from Kit Kennedy, managing director for the Climate and Clean Energy program at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“This legislation could end years of debate and acrimony and help determine a path forward for disposing of nuclear waste. Placing nuclear waste under bedrock environmental laws could ensure strong repository standards, while giving states the power to approve what is sequestered within their borders.

“Every member of Congress should come together to support this task force legislation so we can examine a new way forward and solve this bedeviling problem.”

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