WASHINGTON -- A House energy panel said it is investigating the Obama administration decision to halt plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada.
GOP Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and John Shimkus of Illinois said there is no scientific or technical basis for withdrawing the application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. In the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, lawmakers have focused anew on why the Obama administration abandoned Yucca Mountain, the nation's only permanent storage site designated for spent nuclear fuel.
Upton chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Shimkus chairs the environment and economy subcommittee. They notified Energy Secretary Steven Chu about the investigation Thursday.
South Carolina and Washington are among those suing the president and other federal officials to try to restart plans to ship spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain.