What: All Issues : Environment : Nuclear Energy : H J Res 87. Nevada Nuclear Waste Dump/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Requiring the Transport and Storage of Hazardous Nuclear Waste in Nevada. (2002 house Roll Call 132)
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H J Res 87. Nevada Nuclear Waste Dump/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Requiring the Transport and Storage of Hazardous Nuclear Waste in Nevada.
house Roll Call 132     May 08, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Since the advent of nuclear power, the United States has struggled to find a place to store the radioactive waste that results. Since 1987, the federal government had narrowed consideration of possible storage sites to one: Yucca Mountain, a location 90 miles outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bush administration decided that enough study had been done, and it was time to approve the Nevada site as the nation's primary nuclear waste storage facility. Progressives disagreed with this decision. They believed nuclear power was unsafe and that transporting the waste across the country to Nevada exposed it to unacceptable risk of accident or attack. They supported a Gibbons (R-NV) point of order that asserted the resolution establishing the waste site violated the Congressional Budget Act by mandating Nevada to host the site without providing necessary funds to do so. To get around this procedural move, Tauzin (R-LA) moved to consider the resolution under the Nuclear Policy Act of 1982, which negated the Congressional Budget Act and robbed Gibbons of the authority to raise his point of order. Progressives voted "no" on this motion because they opposed the waste site and so did not want to see Gibbons' point of order against the site undermined. But Progressives were in the minority on this issue: the motion passed, 308-105, and the Gibbons point of order fell.

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