Matheson Bill to Ban Foreign Nuke Waste Advances
Sails through Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Voice VoteWashington, D.C.—Congressman Matheson successfully urged colleagues on a House subcommittee to approve his bill to ban the importation of radioactive waste, saying no other country in the world accepts another country’s nuclear waste for disposal. Matheson is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Energy and Environment.
Matheson, together with Tennessee Congressman Bart Gordon, introduced HR 515 – The Radiation Import Deterrence (RID) Act-- in response to a license application from a Utah company to bring in 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy, with 1,600 tons designated for permanent disposal in Utah. Witnesses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have testified that amount is vastly greater than any volume of foreign waste previously allowed into the United States.
“Utahns have spoken loudly and clearly in their opposition to being a dumping ground for the world’s nuclear garbage. In addition, with increasing domestic demand for radioactive waste storage and finite storage capacity, I see no good reason, as public policy, that Italy, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico and other countries shouldn’t handle their own nuclear waste,” said Matheson.
I am very pleased with today’s vote of approval. I will renew my efforts to move the bill through the legislative process and to the House floor,” said Matheson.