2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) sponsored H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, which would put our nation’s nuclear waste storage policy on the wrong track, yet again. It contains rollbacks of public health and environmental laws, along with provisions that continue to pre-empt state, local, and tribal objections and supplant scientific and technical decisions. H.R. 3053 attempts to truncate public review in order to force “solutions” to the myriad of problems associated with Yucca Mountain. Rather than charge forward at the cost of public safety and public resources, Congress should instead start an important and necessary consent-based approach to siting for a permanent solution for high-level nuclear waste. On May 10, the House approved H.R. 3053 by a vote of 340-72 (House roll call vote 179). NO IS THE PROENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.