Lord Issues Statement on Yucca Mountain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Robert Cahaly 803-233-7321 February 16, 2010
Lord Issues Statement on Yucca Mountain (COLUMBIA)- Republican candidate for Attorney General Leighton Lord issued the following statement on the closing of Yucca Mountain: “I want to join Governor Sanford and other Republican officials in encouraging the Obama administration and the Congress to reconsider the Yucca Mountain decision. Each of us need to reach out to those who have influence on this issue.
In addition, I also agree with Attorney General McMaster’s effort to investigate legal remedies that involve other attorneys general. If this decision stands, South Carolina ratepayers will not receive what they have paid for over all these years. This is an important type of abuse that attorney general’s should stand up against.
As a member of the Santee Cooper board, I have a unique understanding of how critical safe, long term nuclear waste storage is to our state and our nation’s energy future. I find it ironic but not surprising that the Obama Administration can say out of one side of its mouth ‘we need to move away from dirty fuels like coal and oil as part of our energy policy’. Then without missing a beat, say out of the other side of its mouth ‘oh by the way, you may have some trouble using nuclear power too because, we’re going to close the nuclear waste storage that you already paid for’.
What we really need from Washington now is more sound energy policy and less election year politics.” ###