A senior official with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said that the focus on Yucca Mountain as a long-term nuclear waste storage site is preventing a final deal from being reached, The Hill reports.
âI want to see progress,â said the DOEâs assistant secretary for nuclear energy, Peter Lyons, during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water. âAnd in my view, I donât believe we will see that progress if we continue to force Yucca Mountain on Nevada.â
The gridlock over Yucca comes down to a stark partisan divide, with Republicans, who control the House, vowing to prevent any nuclear waste storage arrangement that does not include the site. The Democrats, led by chief Yucca opponent and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are unlikely to support any nuclear waste bill that includes Yucca. Reid played a leading role in President Obamaâs 2009 decision to stop work on the Yucca waste storage facility.
Lyons, who is a native of Nevada, said lawmakers should âcut our losses and move aheadâ without Yucca, suggesting opposition to the facility is a political necessity for Nevada politicians, The Hill reports.
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