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House Version of NDAA Included $30 Million to Store Defense Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain, Senate Version Included $0

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced that he successfully worked with the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services to ensure that the joint conference committee report on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 excluded the $30 million to store defense nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain that was included in the version passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Heller previously worked with Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, to keep an authorization of funding to revive Yucca Mountain out of the U.S. Senate’s version of the NDAA. That letter is available HERE. Last month, Heller urged Chairman McCain to maintain his position of not authorizing funding for Yucca Mountain throughout NDAA conference negotiations. That letter is available HERE

On May 24, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the NDAA with $30 million authorized to revive Yucca Mountain, and on June 18th, Heller announced that he successfully ensured that the U.S. Senate’s version of the bill excluded the $30 million to store defense nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. On April 13, 2018, Heller contacted U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and urged him to exclude any language that authorizes funding for Yucca Mountain from the NDAA. Heller wrote Chairman McCain last month asking him to maintain that position in the final conference report. The joint conference committee, which was tasked with reconciling the two versions of the defense bill, released its report today.

“Once again, I was able to work to kill efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to bring nuclear waste to Nevada,” said Heller. “I’m pleased I was able to work with Chairman McCain and Senator Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, to successfully ensure that our bill did not authorize a single dollar for Yucca Mountain, and I thank Chairman McCain for maintaining this position throughout the conference negotiations. While this is progress, I still have more work to do to ensure that Yucca Mountain never sees the light of day and I’m committed to doing everything that I can to make sure of it.”

Background: Timeline of Heller’s previous work to stop Yucca Mountain



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