House Republicans look to rekindle nuclear waste debate

By Nico Portuondo | 04/08/2024 06:42 AM EDT

Some Republicans have expressed interest in reviving the contentious Yucca Mountain proposal.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security Chair Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) will lead a hearing this week on nuclear waste. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will take up the contentious issue of how exactly the federal government should deal with mounting radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.

This week’s Energy, Climate and Grid Security Subcommittee hearing comes as lawmakers and the White House have consistently failed to come anywhere close to a long-term fix for storing spent nuclear fuel after effectively killing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

“Improving the management of spent nuclear fuel is important as we work to unleash American nuclear energy,” said full committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).


“A critical piece of this is making sure the federal government is fulfilling its legal responsibility to provide a path for ultimate disposal of spent nuclear fuel, while assisting in reducing management and cost burdens on taxpayers and ratepayers.”