In 2010, Sen. Patty Murray tried to pass a proposal that would have provided $200 million to continue the licensing for the Yucca Mountain project, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opposes because it is in his home state.
An assessment by the Congressional Research Service in a February 2009 report concluded: “The history of site selection efforts under NWPA indicates that a new repository site search would be slow-moving and extremely controversial. Vast areas of the United States would again be under consideration.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.