Nuclear Waste legislation, if enacted could pave way for irradiated nuclear fuel shipments to move through most states, many major cities and most U.S. Congressional Districts
Despite a 50-group environmental coalition in opposition, H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, as amended, passed the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee by a vote of 49 to 4. All Republican members, and all but four Democrats (Schakowsky of IL, Ben Lujan of NM, Loebsack of IA, and Engel of NY) who were present, voted in favor of reviving the cancelled Yucca Mountain, NV high-level radioactive waste dump, and legalizing private de facto permanent parking lot dumps, targeted at TX and NM.
Texas and New Mexico: Halt HR 3053 Radioactive Waste Dumping
From: Karen Hadden — Calls are needed to US Representatives on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee immediately. Urge them to VOTE NO on HR 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendment Acts of 2017. This bad bill would enable the dumping of thousands of tons of deadly high-level radioactive waste in the Texas/ New Mexico region – with “Consolidated Interim Storage facilities.” — WCS has applied for a site in Texas and the Eddy Lea Energy Alliance, working with Holtec, has applied for a site near Hobbs and Carlsbad, NM.
New Mexico Representatives to contact:
The full Energy & Commerce Committee mark up could happen as early as this Wednesday, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (Democrat-NM-3rd district) could play a leadership role against this bill–so his constituents should urge him to do so, by contacting him ASAP! (202-225-6190 is his DC office number.) If you do not live in his district, but know folks who do, please forward this alert to them in particular! If and when this bill passes the full Energy & Commerce Committee, and goes to the full House floor for consideration, that’s when U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1) and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s (R-NM-2) votes will matter, so they need to begin hearing from their constituents now as well.