Two more state senators have joined the chorus of Mid-Columbia politicians calling for Yucca Mountain, Nev., to remain an option for the nation's high-level radioactive waste.
Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, sent a letter Friday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission saying no administration can override Congress to terminate the plan. He is the state Senate Republican leader.
The letter also was signed by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee. Both senators have Hanford workers living in their districts.
Hanford's high-level radioactive waste was expected to be disposed of at Yucca Mountain, but the Obama administration has moved to terminate the proposed repository.