Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., plans to tour the proposed Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository on April 9 with the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy.
The tour will be focused on continuing work to open Yucca Mountain as a repository despite administration opposition to the site.
“After decades of work and billions of taxpayer dollars, Hanford cleanup and efforts to expand nuclear power depend on the completion of Yucca as part of the nation’s solution for nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel,” Newhouse said in a statement.
Hanford officials have planned to send high-level radioactive waste that is glassified at the vitrification plant to the repository, along with irradiated fuel once stored in the K Basins. Commercial used nuclear fuel, including from Energy Northwest’s nuclear power plant near Richland, also is planned to be sent there.
Tri-City nuclear supporters would like to have a small modular nuclear reactor demonstration project to power the vitrification plant or to have a Tri-City plant to manufacture or assemble the small reactors.
But opponents argue that nuclear power production should not be expanded as long as there is no federal repository for used fuel.