Sending Office: Honorable Jerry McNerney
Please join us in sending a letter to House appropriators urging them not to include any authorizing language in the FY20 appropriations bills during the anticipated House-Senate appropriations conference process that undermines regular order as it pertains
to the retrieval, transportation, and storage of spent nuclear fuel.
At present, our country has nuclear waste inadequately secured in over 100 sites in 39 states. This hazardous logjam puts communities at risk and inhibits our ability to integrate nuclear power into a robust emissions-reducing agenda to combat the impending
threats of climate change. While the House-passed Energy and Water appropriations bill contained no language that would undermine our ability to deal with nuclear waste in a holistic way, the Senate’s version included a harmful and controversial rider that
advances an interim storage facility at the expense of a durable, long-lasting solution.
Any solution to our ongoing nuclear waste issue must carefully consider the topics of federalism, community consent, and short- and long-term storage. Therefore, any solution must originate through the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate—where
it can receive the detailed analysis and debate that it deserves—and not simply just through the appropriations process.
We apologize for the tight turnaround but the letter will be closing 10am on Wednesday, December 11th because of ongoing appropriations negotiations.
If you would like to cosign this letter or if you have any questions, please contact Mike Stoever in Rep. McNerney’s office at
Mike.Stoever@mail.house.gov (x51947) or Levi Patterson in Rep. Lujan’s office at
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Chairwoman Lowey, and Ranking Member Granger:
We write to express our strong concern over the inclusion of any authorizing language in the FY 2020 appropriations legislation that would undermine regular order and have long-lasting implications for the safety, security, and stability of legacy waste
from the United States’ commercial nuclear energy industry. The retrieval, transportation, and storage of spent nuclear fuel is of significant concern to our constituents. Therefore, it is imperative that any changes to the law that governs these materials
receives its due consideration in Congress’ legislative committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate.
While we were initially encouraged that the House-passed Energy and Water bill (H.R. 2960) did not include any riders that would have usurped the role of the authorizing committees in determining the fate of our nation’s nuclear waste, the Senate’s FY 2020
Energy and Water appropriations bill included a controversial and harmful rider that would advance an interim storage facility at the expense of a durable, long-lasting solution. It is critical that Congress work to create a solution to our nation’s nuclear
waste problem that is durable, science-based, considers and responds to voices from impacted communities, and provides for full environmental protections. Therefore, any solution must originate through the committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate—where
it can receive the detailed analysis and debate that it deserves—and not simply just through the inclusion of language in the appropriations process.
Thank you for your consideration.
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