Both South Carolina and Washington are home to large collections of Cold War-era nuclear waste, and members of Congress representing these radioactive sites, including House Natural Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), are leading the effort to revive the Yucca Mountain facility. They argue that a 1982 law prohibits the administration from abandoning the Yucca Mountain project, which Congress designated as the nation's first nuclear-waste repository.
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The NFRC agrees with this interpretation.
NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko is a former aide to Mr. Reid and halted the review last year. The NFRC disagrees with Jaczko's action. (WSJ, 1/31/2011)