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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today released the below statement on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) vote to use past unobligated funds for preliminary work related to its review of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) application for authorization to construct a high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) move to use funding toward licensing activities at Yucca Mountain is yet another waste of taxpayer money on a failed project that has already cost the federal government billions of dollars over the past 30 years. It’s irresponsible for the NRC to move forward on Yucca Mountain given that it’s unknown how much funding if any it will ultimately receive next year and especially at a time when I’ve been successful in excluding funding for the project from the appropriations bill in the U.S. Senate. Nevada has made clear it will fight Yucca Mountain every step of the way and contest each and every one of the 200+ elements of any license application. I’m disappointed in the NRC’s reckless and fiscally irresponsible decision to throw more taxpayer dollars on a project that Nevada continues to reject instead of using that money toward a consent-based approach to solving our country’s nuclear waste problem. I’ll continue to lead the fight against Yucca Mountain and ensure this proposal remains dead.”

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