House panel OKs Yucca as nuclear waste site

| 4/26/2002

A House committee voted 41-6 to approve Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the nation's nuclear waste burial site despite concerns about hauling radioactive waste over U.S. highways or by rail.

The action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee April 25 overrules Nevada's rejection of the waste dump. The state, which expected House support for shipping 77,000 tons of nuclear waste for burial at Yucca, now plans to focus its fight in the Senate.

Some critics of the Yucca Mountain plan say transporting the waste by truck or rail would create security and safety risks before the material even arrives in Nevada. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) said moving the waste over long distances could create "a potential mobile Chernobyl."