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April 2, 2011

Yucca Mountain

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(Ms. BERKLEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Ms. BERKLEY. I rise today to reject Republican calls for an investigation into the decision to end Yucca Mountain. Let me save this Republican Congress a lot of time and a lot of money. President Obama put a stop to Yucca Mountain because it is too dangerous a site to store radioactive nuclear waste. This is a political stunt with one goal--turning my home State of Nevada into a nuclear garbage dump. Those pushing this review are lying about the dump safety. They know Yucca Mountain is smack in the middle of an earthquake zone. There's volcanic activity. There's groundwater issues.

Have we learned nothing about what is happening now in Japan? We ought to be demanding that the nuclear power plants act now to secure nuclear waste in dry-cask storage. Dry-cask storage will increase public safety now. Investigating Yucca Mountain will only increase the danger and waste money. Shame on the nuclear industry and its allies for being more interested in protecting their profits than in protecting public safety.

That is why, even in the face of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters unfolding now in Japan, the nuclear industry and its ``nuked-up'' buddies in the United States Congress are playing partisan games with nuclear waste.

(House of Representatives - April 1, 2011)

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