Shimkus: DOE spent nuclear fuel budget proposal is a "joke"

Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois) trashed the Department of Energy’s budget proposal for scrapping the Yucca Mountain waste repository.

“We’ve spent $15 billion on Yucca Mountain, but this administration says we should just give up and go try somewhere else, hoping some other state will be a willing host,” Shimkus said, adding, “The DOE budget proposes spending $5.6 billion over the next 10 years to start over,” with no assurance that such a shift would succeed in finding a workable solution.

Shimkus has long been a vocal supporter of establishing a spent fuel storage facility at Yucca Mountain. Controversy over Yucca has stirred in recent weeks following the release of the president’s FY2014 budget proposal and comments made by a senior DOE official last week arguing that a nuclear waste deal was impossible with Yucca on the table.

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