Working to solve our country’s nuclear waste problem and honoring Tennesseans who worked on our nuclear weapons deterrent
After 25 years of stalemate, legislation I introduced on June 27 with a bipartisan group of senators puts us back on the road to finding safe places to dispose of our country’s used nuclear fuel. This is important because nuclear power provides 60 percent of our reliable, clean electricity. The legislation I introduced in my role as lead Republican or “Ranking Member” of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development addresses this by making local, state and federal governments equal partners in the process of finding temporary consolidated and permanent storage for used nuclear fuel.
I’m also working to honor the Americans who worked countless hours with hazardous materials to build our country’s nuclear deterrent. In Tennessee, more than 14,000 workers have made claims for compensation – more than any other state – and I proposed a resolution on June 10 to make Oct. 30, 2013 the fifth National Day of Remembrance for nuclear weapons program workers.
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