Yucca proposal-Domenici

Washington (Inside Energy EXTRA) – 5Apr2001

Sen. Pete Domenici urged the Environmental Protection Agency to abandon radiation standards for a potential nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., that were proposed under the Clinton administration.

In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman Wednesday, Domenici, R-N.M., expressed hope that under the Bush administration, EPA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission “will move toward consensus on national radiation standards that have thus far eluded final agreement.”

Both NRC and DOE have criticized the proposed standards, in particular, for setting a separate standard for groundwater. Meanwhile, Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and nine other lawmakers wrote to President Bush today expressing concern that DOE and NRC have asked that the proposed rule be weakened. “This is unacceptable to us and to the people we represent,” the letter said.