Miss. PSC members delay anti-nuclear resolution

Two members of the Public Service Commission say they want more time to study a resolution calling for a rejection of any plans to store or reprocess nuclear waste in Mississippi.

Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley, who wrote the resolution and circulated it to other commissioners late last week, sought action Tuesday.

“There’s nothing to study,” Presley, a Democrat, said after the meeting, explaining why he wanted a vote. “The people are against it.”

But Commissioners Lynn Posey and Steve Renfroe refused to act, saying more time was needed.

“The theme of it was on target,” said Renfroe, the southern district commissioner who does not publicly identify as a Democrat or Republican. “I thought we could do some more work on something that all three of us would have input in. We just need to take a little more time to produce something that is as robust and thoughtful as possible.”

Presley’s resolution also aims in part to stop payments into a federal nuclear waste fund meant to build a repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Congress designated the site as the nation’s permanent storage site for nuclear waste. But plans to move nuclear material there have stalled, even though customers of nuclear power plants continue to pay. Presley’s resolution states Mississippi ratepayers have contributed $80 million toward the plan.