Over the hill

Yucca Mountain received no funding after a bill was passed in the House of Representatives on Dec. 16, and Sen. Harry Reid blocked an attempt by House Republicans to keep the issue open when they tried to halt closure procedures of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In a press release distributed after the year-end funding meeting, Reid stated, “Once again, Congress will not appropriate a single dime to make Nevada the nation’s dumping ground for nuclear waste. Despite the best efforts of House Republicans, President Obama and Congress have made a decision to end this dangerous project. … Yucca Mountain was never a good idea and it’s time to move on towards real solutions that ensure Americans’ health and safety.”