A bill to restart licensing of the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository ignores that the site is not suitable because of its geology, among other reasons, a Nevada official testified today before a U.S. House subcommittee. The site about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas is unsuitable “because of its geology and hydrology, its proximity to military aircraft training and testing facilities and its distance from existing mainline railroads,” said Robert Halstead, executive director for the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects. Halstead testified today before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. In a letter to the committee earlier this month, Gov. Steve Sisolak said the state continues to oppose the project on “scientific, technical, and legal merits.” The bill would weaken Nevada’s due process rights to “challenge documented safety concerns and adverse environmental impacts” in the licensing proceeding, Sisolak said.
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