The Washington Post editorial board revived a dormant Obama era disaster Saturday, calling on President Trump to clean up the long delayed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility.
To their credit, the board traced the $50 billion the U.S. government owes in liabilities to nuclear power companies for the facility back to poor policies by the Obama administration and former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Simply put, nuclear plants are running out of places to store their waste.
“For years, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) successfully blocked funding for its development, with the help of President Barack Obama, who made an exception for swing-state Nevada from his pledge to run a science-based administration,” the editorial board wrote on Saturday. “With Mr. Reid and Mr. Obama both retired, the Trump administration and GOP leaders are trying to revive the project.”
The board points to Trump’s budget as a main catalyst for getting the Yucca Mountain facility ball rolling. In it the White House calls for “$120 million to restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste, repository and initiate a robust interim storage program” on the grounds that these “investments would accelerate progress on fulfilling the Federal Government’s obligations to address nuclear waste, enhance national security, and reduce future taxpayer burden.”
These editorial boards are forming a growing media trend to spur real political action, as the Chicago Tribune implored Trump to fix the nuclear waste issue back in April.
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