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House Proceeding 03-12-10 on Mar 12th, 2010 :: 0:49:55 to 0:56:20
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Thaddeus G. McCotter

0:49:43 to 0:49:57( Edit History Discussion )

Thaddeus G. McCotter: accomplishment. i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating the catholic

Ed Whitfield

0:49:55 to 0:56:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield

0:49:58 to 0:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: central shamrocks, live and die c. high. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: ms. woolsey of california. mr. jones of north carolina. mrdefazio of oregon.

Ed Whitfield

0:50:20 to 0:50:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: ms. kaptur of ohio. mr. whitfield of kentucky. the gentleman is are recognized for five minutes. mr. whitfield: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to discuss an issue that i think very few people in america are aware of. it relates to the very

Ed Whitfield

0:50:43 to 0:51:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: important topic of nuclear waste, and the impact that that has upon our federal policy and its effect on our energy needs and our federal debt. most americans support nuclear power as a major source of our electricity and today it

Ed Whitfield

0:51:05 to 0:51:27( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: provides 20% of all the electricity produced in america. now we know that over theext 15 or 20 years, our demand for electricity is going to double what it is today. and i might also remind everyone that coal is providing

Ed Whitfield

0:51:28 to 0:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: 51% of all the electricity produced in america. and as i said, nuclear power provides about 20%. now the administration and many people are focused on alternative forms of energy, particularly solar and nuclear. i'm sorry, solar and wind

Ed Whitfield

0:51:52 to 0:52:14( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: power. now all the experts will tell you that, while, yes, some energy can be produced from solar and wind power, it will never come close to meeting the demands of the american people in energy. and i might add on the nuclear power front, today in america,

Ed Whitfield

0:52:15 to 0:52:35( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: we have 109 nuclear power plants in america. located in 39 states across the country. and each one of those sites, nuclear waste is being stored today. and it does have major impact on our environment, it has

Ed Whitfield

0:52:36 to 0:52:57( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: major concerns for security, and it has major costs for the american people. now the solution that congress came up with many years ago was to build yucca mountain as a deep repository to store this

Ed Whitfield

0:52:58 to 0:53:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: waste indepeff in itly. -- indefinitely. unfortunately, last week, president obama withdrew the license application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at yucca mountain. now this application was before

Ed Whitfield

0:53:19 to 0:53:39( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: the nuclear regulatory commission to look at from a scientific standpoint of could this repository at yucca mountain safely take care of this waste for the american people for hundreds of years in the future? and i might also add that the

Ed Whitfield

0:53:40 to 0:54:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: american taxpayer has already spent billions of dollars trying to build this repository at yucca mountain. not only did president obama jerk back the application so that it cannot be considered anymore, but now the department

Ed Whitfield

0:54:01 to 0:54:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: of energy is asking that -- asking the appropriations committee for approval to reprogram all of the money that was going to yucca mountain in 2010, which in essence would stop all movement in the development of yucca mountain

Ed Whitfield

0:54:22 to 0:54:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: and the solution for storage of this high-level waste. so the question that i would have for president obama and his administration today is this, very simply, what are we going to do with all the waste currently bein stored at the 109 nuclear sites around the

Ed Whitfield

0:54:43 to 0:55:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: nation? now the president has appointed a blue panel commission to come up with a solution to this problem. as i said, we've already spent billions of dollars on yucca mountain. in fact, in the very near future, it's getting ready to open.

Ed Whitfield

0:55:05 to 0:55:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: why is it important on -- and what are we going to do with this nuclear waste stored at these 109 sites around the country. it's important for this reason. number one in 1988, congress passed a nuclear policy waste act, and it, in essence, said

Ed Whitfield

0:55:26 to 0:55:46( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: that the federal government was going to be responsible -- would be responsible for taking care of this as a result of the policies we have adopted so far today, here's our situation. the utility companies who are now depending on the federal government to store this waste

Ed Whitfield

0:55:47 to 0:56:07( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: for them are now filing lawsuits against the federal government. they've already obtained judgments in excess of $11 billion against the federal government and experts are saying that additional lawsuits will cost the federal government $56 billion. so i want to raise this issue

Ed Whitfield

0:56:08 to 0:56:22( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: with the american people and make them aware that this decision on yucca mountain not only is a security issue for america but it also is a costly decision for the american taxpayer at a time when we

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