South Carolina politicians at all levels are threatening legal action over the concern that Yucca Mountain nuclear repository may not open, possibly leaving the Savannah River Site to fend for itself when it comes to waste storage.
Congressman Jim Clyburn says it’s too soon to worry. He told South Carolina media today that “They did not put funding for Yucca Mountain in this budget–in this budget. Now, I don’t expect that this will be the last budget. When last year the president sent over his budget, he did nto have funding in there for HBCUs, but the HBCUs got funded.”
Clyburn says new storage technologies need to be developed that will help solve the storage issue. But for now, Yucca Mountain is already behind schedule and still not ready to be opened.
(Ashley Byrd discusses Yucca Mountain issue with Congressman Clyburn MP3, 4:00)
Clyburn discusses Yucca Mountain with Ashley Byrd MP3 4 minutes
Clyburn says he is more interested right now in developing nuclear science and technologies, which he supports as a major energy source for the state.