Nevada senators promote Yucca repeal, float other uses

By Nico Portuondo | 05/15/2024 06:22 AM EDT

The new legislation is in response to calls for reviving the nuclear waste repository.

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.).

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in January. Her new bill would effectively shut the door on nuclear waste in her state. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Nevada’s senators introduced a bill Tuesday to make sure Yucca Mountain is used for anything but nuclear waste.

The legislation from Democratic Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto comes after top Republican lawmakers recently raised the possibility of reviving the contested waste site.

The “Jobs, Not Waste Act of 2024’’ would first add a provision in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to ban any current or future consideration of a permanent nuclear waste repository at the Yucca Mountain site.


It would then direct the Office of Management and Budget to submit to Congress a study on the economic viability and job-creating benefits of “alternative uses” for the site.