The controversy over where to store nuclear waste in the United States has taken another step forward. In a 14-5 vote on June 12, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved SI 138, the “Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1991,” a bill that would give the federal government authority to name the Yucca Mountain, Nev., site as the primary nuclear repository site in the country.
Introduced by J. Bennett Johnston (D-La.) on May 22, SI 138 amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out site characterization activities at Yucca Mountain. The bill states that the Secretary must work in consultation with the governor of the state of Nevada “in a manner that minimizes any significant adverse environmental impacts.”