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Florida on Friday. “Legislature has no solution for EnergySolutions” University Wire.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Congress Opposes Nuclear energy faces strong opposition in Congress – Reid leads the pack Edmonton Sun. or property annex." But he added. 2 . backs the project. Legislation giving nuclear power free-reign on waste is heavily unpopular Utah Chronicle. Asked his views on nuclear power in Jacksonville. such as any proposed "hotter" levels of waste." Obama supports using federal research and development dollars to explore whether nuclear waste can be stored safely for reuse. "I think that nuclear power should be in the mix when it comes to energy. “Obama slams McCain over nuclear plans. Obama said. while Obama is against it.” lexis [BB] Opposition in the U. 2008. a Democrat from Nevada. Senate Bill 155. through legislation. The bill alleviates legislative and gubernatorial responsibility for the oversight of the nuclear waste company. "I don't think it's our optimal energy source because we haven't figured out how to store the waste safely or recycle the waste. June 25. 2/16/07. that would bring the company back under legislative scrutiny.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. lexis [BB] EnergySolutions has strongly pushed an unpopular bill. is among those who oppose it. Congress to the Yucca Mountain waste site is among the hurdles it faces. an Arizona senator. McCain.with some trigger measures. This gives America's largest nuclear-waste corporation free reign on its property in Tooele -.

3 . 6/25/08. “Santa Barbara fumes over drill plan. where the Arizona senator will campaign today. a highly unpopular proposal in the political battleground state.” lexis [BB] Obama also lambasted McCain for wanting to open more federal land to oil exploration when energy companies are not fully exploiting the drilling rights they already have.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Nevada Opposes Nuclear disposal unpopular in Nevada LA Times. Even some of McCain's supporters berate him for backing the idea of offshore oil exploration. And he cited McCain's support for storing nuclear waste at the remote Nevada desert site of Yucca Mountain.

" during a July 19 Yucca Mountain oversight hearing adding. "If I see Sen." Domenici. July 3. according to an Appropriations Committee source.” lexis [BB] Key members of a House committee and the Bush administration are strongly opposing a bipartisan Senate plan to allow interim storage of nuclear waste. one of the sponsors of the plan].Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Republicans Oppose Strong administration and Republican opposition to nuclear waste storage DOE Superfund Report July 31. Harry Reid (D-NV). the minority leader and a strong opponent of Yucca Mountain. I'll tell him that. “SENATE INTERIM NUCLEAR STORAGE PLAN FACES OPPOSITION FROM HOUSE. 2006. Rep. [Pete] Domenici [(R-NM). Members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee said during the July 19 Yucca Mountain oversight hearing they feared backlash from states chosen to host interim storage facilities would further complicate the debate over nuclear waste storage and ultimately lead to further delays at the planned permanent repository. John Shimkus (R-IL) called the interim storage plan the "the stupidest idea I've ever heard of. p16). more funding may be required in the future for construction once a site is selected. The interim storage plan is already attracting criticism from environmentalists and the state of Nevada since it was introduced earlier this month by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Senate plan would provide DOE $10 million to begin looking at sites where it could temporarily store the waste for 25 years but. agreed recently on legislation that authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to designate a temporary site for consolidated storage of spent fuel within a state or region. 4 . chairman of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. saying it could detract from the long- delayed Yucca Mountain permanent repository project. and Sen. Environmentalists say the plan would create additional risks by increasing the number of times the waste would have to be physically moved (Superfund Report.

Californian Barbara Boxer. long has pledged that Yucca Mountain will never open. Bush in 2002. Other potential domestic sites could be problematic as well. Boxer. are likely to accelerate that thinking despite strong bipartisan support for Yucca Mountain in Congress. and she acknowledged that the amendment would likely be approved. which takes centuries to decay. And it reaffirmed by wide margins in 2002 that Yucca Mountain." Lieberman said this afternoon following a press conference in which religious leaders expressed support for their bill.). workers and industry transition to a new carbon-constrained economy. While some Democrats are wary of nuclear energy. was the place to build such a repository.org/headlines06/1218-04. On Tuesday. agrees. but the addition of nuclear provisions could help attract Republican votes.at the nation's nuclear power plants ." Easing nuclear waste disposal standards at the proposed nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada would prove extremely controversial and would attract the fierce opposition of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev. Yucca Project May Be Doomed. John McCain (Ariz. Warner said he expected additional Republican nuclear amendments. The repository site.) said he would offer a nuclear amendment similar to one he proposed at the full committee markup in December that does not address nuclear waste.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Democrats Oppose Democrats oppose nuclear waste storage – Yucca proves McClatchy News.commondreams. Lieberman said the amendment would be "broader" than provisions in an earlier climate bill he sponsored with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. 2008 "We want to put together a nuclear energy support amendment that will be relatively noncontroversial. "By the way." http://www. Nevadan Harry Reid. the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191). 7 elections. Warner said the amendment would "lay the foundation" for other Senators to build on.at least until better waste technology comes along. who will manage the debate.) said she would not oppose the amendment as long as it did not weaken nuclear safety requirements or the ability of local communities to weigh in on sitting and permitting issues. And the Nov. Lieberman said that he and Warner would "take a look at" provisions to expand federal loan guarantees opposed by environmentalists. Warner Prepare Nuclear Amendment to Cap-And-Trade Bill. (Photo courtesy Energy Department) But now that's being rethought. 100 miles from Las Vegas. The incoming chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Empirically proven – Lieberman didn’t add waste disposal to the Lieberman- Warner amendment because of opposition CongressNow. "That's a mountain we haven't climbed yet. Sen. was approved by Congress and President George W. needed to be stored underground. third-largest newspaper company in the United States. Warner Prepare Nuclear Amendment to Cap-And-Trade Bill CongressNow May 22. Congress decided that highly radioactive waste from commercial nuclear-power plants. The new bill also details trillions of dollars of aid geared toward helping consumers. Nevada on the edge of the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. The measure is currently silent on nuclear power. "With Democrats in Control. located 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.” lexis [BB] Lieberman.). which propelled Democrats into power on Capitol Hill. the plan to store the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada seemed all but certain. * The incoming majority leader of the Senate. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga. The bill creates a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade scheme to reduce global warming. “Lieberman." she noted. He said of possible nuclear waste disposal provisions. Both voted against the Yucca repository. 5/22/08. She said she was confident that Lieberman and Warner would not include language that she objected to. 5 . said that a substitute bill containing a new cost-containment mechanism and tax title may be released later today. 12/18/06.htm A few years ago. for a variety of reasons. they have the votes. They think that nuclear waste should stay right where it is . and would address a shortage of specialized nuclear workers in the United States.

longer than I have been in the Senate -. The nuclear waste -. However. Pete Domenici. has been asked by President Bush's administration to push a measure that would raise the amount of waste that could be stored there. dangerous project.S.. Lieberman estimated that the bill's supporters have more than 50 votes lined up and "are within reach" of the 60 needed for passage. I do not support it.000 feet underground on federally owned land. but could slip if Reid deems it necessary because of other pressing business.S.000 tons a year to the site.. there will be more than 75. D-N. "Yucca Mountain is the cornerstone of a comprehensive spent nuclear-fuel-management strategy for this country. The department has a goal to open the facility by 2017. Boxer said the floor debate is still currently scheduled to begin June 2. Domenici said.S. By 2010. but would only send 3.it is a scientifically unsound project that would needlessly threaten the public health and safety of Americans everywhere. is opposed to the bill Domenici is carrying. About 20 percent of the country's electricity today comes from 104 nuclear reactors. It tells you everything that the administration knows is wrong with Yucca. They have sent us this legislation to change the rules. 8/4/06." And it should die -. Department of Energy more authority to manage the area.M. Yucca Mountain is located 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.M. And waste generated from those plants keeps piling up in temporary storage facilities. Sen." U. D-Nevada." Domenici told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday.000 tons of spent fuel and other waste in places all over the country.S. ease environmental and regulatory requirements and give the U.would be stored 1. expressed strong opposition to the bill. R-N. he acknowledged that reaching the 60-vote threshold will be a challenge. "it will take over 30 years -. Jeff Bingaman. He also met fierce resistance from some Democrats who said the measure would limit environmental regulations. U. Harry Reid." he said. break the law and prevent states from protecting their citizens." Bingaman said in a statement.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Warner said the changes to the bill should "go a long way" toward addressing Republican concerns that the bill's mandates would wreak economic havoc in the absence of significant technological advances for reducing emissions. "Everyone knows that the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear- waste dump is a dying beast. Sen. "This bill would limit safety and environmental reviews of the Yucca Mountain project.spent nuclear fuel from power plants and high-level military waste -. "Even the administration knows this is a flawed. Domenici said." 6 . Nev. Democrats strongly oppose – major democrats lead the opposition New Mexican." Reid said. and for that reason. “DOMENICI BACKS YUCCA MOUNTAIN PLANS” The Santa Fe New Mexican (New Mexico) U. Sen. a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist has said. We can see this in the bill. "If everything goes perfectly.to eliminate the existing backlog of spent fuel.

Last week. Print Edition Energy. It's as close to being dead as any piece of any legislation can be. Reid stressed in a press statement that he remains committed "to putting Nevada's priorities at the top of the list" and that. Washington – Nuclear Fuels. Victor Reis. Nevada. Reid has been an unrelenting opponent of DOE's plans to dispose of 70. Reid's responsibilities will include gatekeeper to the Senate floor as he decides which bills move to the floor for a vote." Majority Leader Reid hates the plan – he'll do all he can to block it. But Majority Leader Harry Reid . L/N Though opponents of DOE's repository project at Yucca Mountain. nuclear industry officials and other supporters have countered that Reid could likely slow.000 tons." Lexis The Department of Energy proposed legislation today to spur construction of a national nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain. Nuclear Energy Votes Could Doom Senate Climate Change Legislation. the role of nuclear power will be a key question for the next Congress. 6/3/2008.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Reid Opposes Senate Majority Leader Reid has been blocking Yucca mountain – doesn't want it opened in his home state The White House Bulletin. program. As majority leader come January. 11/20/2006. the program. but project will survive. D-Nev. after he was elected to the top Democratic post in the Senate. "I don't see how you can possibly get to a world of significantly reduced CO2 emissions without more nuclear. so I am speaking in terms of the challenge for the next administration. "Energy Department Seeks To Spur Construction Of Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site. but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Department's Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Edward Sproat said that without new funding. Avery Palmer and Coral Davenport. L/N Nuclear Energy Votes Could Doom Senate Climate Change Legislation James M. I will continue to leverage my leadership position to prevent the dump from ever being built. Elaine Hiruo and Daniel Whitten. he'll leverage his leadership position "to keep Nevada from becoming the nation's nuclear dumping ground." Even if the Senate does not pass climate legislation this year. Reid might slow Yucca Mt. rejected such legislation out of hand: "Yucca Mountain is panting for air. more than ever. he would recommend to Congress that a second waste dump be built." said Dr." 7 . CQ Staff." Reid is a hater – wants Yucca dead and controls the agenda. the goal of opening the site by 2017 cannot be met. a senior adviser to the Energy secretary who has served in both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Sproat also said that if the capacity designated for the Yucca Mountain site is not increased from the current 77. promised to block such a bill. 3/6/07.. "But I don't see any way this can get through this Congress.. R-Okla. 31 No. Reid said.000 metric tons of utility spent fuel and defense high-level waste in his home state of Nevada. a longstanding opponent of the project. Vol. 24. "This is just the department's latest attempt to breathe life into this dying beast. may offer an amendment that incorporates his bill (S 2551) to overhaul the licensing process for Yucca Mountain. and it will fail. not kill. who hails from Nevada. maintaining that the repository DOE plans to build at Yucca Mountain is neither safe nor wanted. Inhofe . Nevada have likened Senator Harry Reid's rise to majority leader next year to the final nail in the project's coffin. sources say.

said he hopes that tracking Americans' attitudes toward energy will help policy-makers decide how to chart the United States' energy future. dangerous. . and definitely not the answer. Cost estimates are expected to continue escalating.S.S. is going to be difficult. should do to encourage new kinds of energy development or different patterns of energy consumption. the national survey of 1. because the rich are better able to defend themselves against environmental insults than the poor. No one wants to host the nuclear-waste repository. local politics in many places has become the politics of land use and development. L/N CAMBRIDGE. but electric utilities are reluctant to cooperate. "The Future of Nuclear Power. Soaring costs make the prospect of new nuclear power even harder to sell to a public that will ultimately pay for new plants through rate increases. It helps the opponents to have a dollar figure to object to. 7/23/2007. Americans warming to nuclear power . Nearly 40 percent oppose the proposed storage site at Yucca Mountain.MIT survey.newsobserver.Americans' icy attitudes toward nuclear power are beginning to thaw. Just Say No: Nuclear power is complicated.grist.com/business/story/1048035. but the percentage of people who want to increase nuclear power use has grown from 28 percent to 35 percent. which doesn't produce carbon dioxide. News Office staff writer.S.org/comments/soapbox/2006/08/08/cohen/ That leads to the politics. with projections now hitting $6 billion to $9 billion per reactor. No one wants a nuclear power plant next door. In an increasingly crowded and interdependent world." was recently published by MIT's Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems. the MIT political scientist who conducted the survey through Knowledge Networks. Nev." In the five years since the last survey. Environmental justice has also reached the political stage. Anne Trafton. public increasingly unhappy with oil and more willing to develop alternative energy sources like wind and solar. In the United States. Grist staff writer. http://www. http://www. Nuclear critics are homing in on the staggering costs to lobby their case. but Americans are still concerned about storing nuclear waste. The report also found a U. "Public Attitudes Toward America's Energy Options: Insights for Nuclear Energy. "We're trying to understand what public policy in the U.MIT survey. No turns – public's reluctant to pay and 35% approval. 8 . John Murawski. Anne Trafton. If we can't site Wal-Marts without a lengthy battle. L/N The Bush administration has been pushing to expand nuclear power. and only 28 percent agree that "nuclear waste could be stored safely for long periods of time.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Public Opposition Plan's unpopular – waste storage concerns fuel opposition." Because of those concerns." Ansolabehere said.200 Americans' opinions on different types of energy indicated growing concern about global warming -. Ansolabehere conducted a similar survey in 2002 as part of the MIT study. 7/23/2007.html The estimated cost of new nuclear power plants has tripled in the past few years. Professor Stephen Ansolabehere. The report. people have grown more sensitive about questions of land-use development. a consumer information company. 8/8/2006. News Office staff writer. Steven Cohen. Cost of nuclear plant fuels battle. This is not an engineering or economic issue. staff writer.. 4/24/2008. according to a new survey from MIT. public preferences have remained fairly stable. "getting the public behind a serious expansion of nuclear power in the U. Mass. why does anyone seriously think that we will be able to site the hundreds of new nuclear power plants that may be necessary to meet our energy needs without increasing greenhouse-gas emissions? Plan's unpopular – public perceives escalating costs. Moreover. Plan's unpopular – location selection.but an apparent reluctance to pay to fight it. Americans warming to nuclear power ." Ansolabehere said. but one of politics.

Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman That increase in popularity is likely due to concern over global warming caused by carbon emissions from fossil fuels. “Pricey Alternative: Nuclear Energy. according to the Energy Information Administration. 9 . these obstacles haven't stopped energy companies from submitting applications to the government for new plants. 6/12/08. Ansolabehere said. just because companies are applying to build new plants. The economic factor could prove to be the tipping point. "Even with the rising cost of materials. "There are so many things that can change in a hurry. doesn't mean those plants will definitely get built. Not-in-my-backyard means nuclear power is heavily unpopular among general populace Washington Independent.” lexis [BB] If costs don't come down." said JohnMoens. Moens says. The rising cost is one of those things. that waiting period could stretch out much longer."But. And it's something that can only add to an already poor public perception of nuclear energy. So far. "it sounds like more companies are getting interested in building the reactors and the list of companies that [the government] anticipates will apply has been growing rather than shrinking. nuclear industry specialist at the EIA . The "Not In My Backyard" factor associated with nuclear waste makes nuclear energy unpopular in some communities." he said.

000 a kilowatt. the Climate Security Act of 2008 (S.potentially offers an opportunity to put our nation on the path to avoid the worst consequences of global warming.) . former CEO of US steel.) The groups pointed out that the nuclear industry already has benefited from more than $100 billion in taxpayer subsidies over the past half century. AMENDMENTS PROMOTING MORE SUBSIDIES FOR NUCLEAR POWER IN PROPOSED CLIMATE BILL WASHINGTON A number of environmental. Despite this support. science and public health groups today commended the Senate for beginning debate on the most comprehensive legislation to date addressing climate change and urged lawmakers to reject adding nuclear power subsidies to the bill. 3036) -. just this week Moody's Investor Service stated that a utility's credit rating could be undermined by building a new nuclear power plant due to the skyrocketing cost of new reactors. far more than many preferable low-carbon options.Politics Waste Links DDI 2008 GT Brad Bolman Environmental Groups Oppose Environmental and scientific groups hate the plan. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct. The price tag for just one reactor could exceed $7. According to the organizations. billions more in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (more than $13 billion). Tom Usher. (See below for a list of the organizations and contact information. and even more in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (more than $18 billion in federal loan guarantees).sponsored by Sens. 10 . efficiency and renewable energy sources that could be deployed much more quickly.) and John Warner (R-Va. But they voiced concerns that some senators will attempt to attach amendments to the bill that would give the nuclear power industry billions of dollars in unwarranted taxpayer subsidies at the expense of conservation. 6/6/2008.