Spent nuclear fuel sits idle in 121 communities across 39 states because the country lacks a permanent geologic repository to dispose of the waste.

H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, provides practical reforms to the nation’s nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government’s legal obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste be fulfilled.

On June 28, 2017, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bill by a vote of 49-4.

“At the end of the day this bill is good for taxpayers, communities, and ratepayers…It’s now time for the federal government to fulfill its obligation and permanently dispose of the spent nuclear fuel sitting in our states, alongside our lakes, rivers and roadways. The time for action is now and we intend to roll up our sleeves to get this done.”

– Chairman Greg Walden, Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus, & Energy Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton

On March 5, 2018, Subcommittee on Environment Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) led a group of bipartisan members of the House of Representatives in a Special Order on the House floor outlining the importance of getting the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act signed into law.  View the highlights below:


Bill Overview

Two Page Summary

Interim Storage Information

Understanding the Nuclear Waste Fund

Paying Something for Nothing

Text of Legislation


What They’re Saying

Put Yucca Mountain to work. The nation needs it.
By: Washington Post Editorial Board

Revive Yucca Mountain: Illinois has more nuclear waste than any other state, all of it in temporary storage
By: Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

There’s no great answer for nuclear waste, but almost anything is better than perching it on the Pacific
By: LA Times Editorial Board

Harry Reid and the Horse he Rode in on: Trump should revive the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
By: Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Editor Paul Gigot

Revival of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project overdue
By: The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

Open the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository 
By: Ronald Bailey, Science Correspondent, Reason.com

Feds should proceed with Yucca Mountain
By: Aiken Standard Editorial Board

To read member op-eds in support of the legislation, click here.



Council of State Governments Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association 

North America’s Building Trades Union

  • Sean McGarvey, President
  • Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer
  • Newton B. Jones, Boilermakers
  • Kinsey M. Robinson, Roofers
  • James P. Hoffa, Teamsters
  • Terry O’Sullivan, LiUNA
  • James Boland, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • Frank Christensen, Elevator Constructors
  • Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, Painters and Allied Trades
  • James T. Callahan, Operating Engineers
  • Joseph Sellers, Jr., SMART
  • Lonnie Stephenson, IBEW
  • Eric M. Dean, Ironworkers
  • James P. McCourt, Insulators
  • Daniel E. Stepano, Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’
  • Mark McManus, UA

Nuclear Energy Institute 

Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition

  • Julie I. Brown, Chairman, Florida Public Service Commission
  • Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Jr., Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
  • Renze Hoeksema, Vice President of Government Affairs, DTE Energy
  • Robert W. Capstick, Jr., Director of Regulatory Affairs, 3 Yankee Companies
  • Sarah Hoffman, Commissioner, Vermont Public Service Board