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Obama Administration Files Request to Revoke Yucca Mountain License

WASHINGTON - Friends
of the Earth President Erich Pica had the following statement in
response to the request filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Wednesday by the Department of Energy to revoke the license application
for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository:

 
“I am
pleased that President Obama is following through on his pledge to
close Yucca Mountain. The revocation of Yucca Mountain’s license
application will finally end over twenty years of bad policy and wasted
spending on a project that was doomed to fail from the start.
 
“Closing
Yucca Mountain is the right policy for the United States, but it is
also a reminder that there is no way to safely store radioactive
waste. However, the Obama administration is still moving forward with
its $55 billion preemptive bailout of the nuclear industry. It is
irresponsible for President Obama to grant taxpayer-backed loan
guarantees to build new nuclear reactors when a safe way of dealing
with radioactive waste doesn’t exist.”

 

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