Yucca Mountain is not dead, Shimkus says

October 26, 2020, 9:30AMANS Nuclear Cafe


For more than two decades, one of the country’s biggest champions of the Yucca Mountain Project has been Rep. John Shimkus (R., Ill.), who is retiring from Congress this year. Shimkus spoke with E&E News about how he is not ready to give up on the Nevada repository in an article posted to the energy and environment news organization’s website on October 20.

“It’s never dead,” Shimkus said. “It’s the law of the land."

New leadership: In the article, Shimkus names Rep. Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.) as the likely candidate to take up the Yucca Mountain champion mantle. “I am honored to continue to lead the fight to bring Yucca Mountain to fruition,” Duncan is quoted as saying.

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