A Republican-led U.S. House Committee says the Obama administration closed Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository for political, not scientific reasons.
Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology looked at thousands of government documents to try to substantiate the administration’s claim that the Nevada facility wasn’t a suitable place to store the country’s nuclear waste.
Much of the waste is being temporarily stored at the Savannah River Site near Augusta.
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun Wednesday presented the report’s findings to SRS officials:
"Yucca Mountain has scientifically been shown to be a safe place to store this nuclear material and we need to reopen it. The decision was made not on a scientific basis but on a political basis."
The report says Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko acted to please his former boss, Nevada Senator Harry Reid.
Reid opposed building the repository in his home state.
Broun says he’s working with lawmakers to force the Obama administration to resume construction.