DASCHLE REJECTS REPUBLICAN NUKE WASTE PROPOSAL
CONTACT: Ranit Schmelzer
Thursday, June 20, 2002
June 19, 2002
Washington, DC -- Senate Republicans today made a second attempt in one
speed through legislation to send 100,000 radioactive shipments of
to Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who strongly
the legislation and rejected the proposal, made the following
"Senate Republicans have demonstrated how misguided their priorities
making another attempt to ram through a bill catering to power
to do so while the Senate is considering the Department of Defense
"Passing the defense bill and providing for the well-being of our armed
in the middle of a war is a greater priority than protecting the
interests of the nuclear industry. Americans want Congress to address
domestic problems such as the need for affordable prescription drugs
schools, not waste time and money appeasing the nuclear power industry.
"The proponents of the nuclear waste bill know they can bring it up on
Senate floor at any time. The law allowing its expedited consideration
written long ago for the nuclear utilities.
"This bill will not solve anything. It will only create 100,000 new
nearly every state in the form of radioactive shipments on highways and
railways, creating a multitude of terrorist targets. And it will
multi-billion-dollar boondoggle on an earthquake fault in Nevada."
A previous attempt by Republicans and the nuclear industry to get
consideration of the nuclear waste bill on June 19 was rejected by
Daschle and subsequently withdrawn. Today's second attempt by
Unanimous Consent agreement was also rejected and withdrawn.
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