The Mississippi Public Service Commission has become the first state agency to go on record opposing storage of the nation’s nuclear waste in Mississippi, Northern District PSC Commissioner Brandon Presley said Tuesday.
With a unanimous vote, the commission passed a resolution calling on the federal government to cease consideration of any area in the state as a potential site for a national repository, Presley said in a news release. The resolution cites Mississippi’s long-standing, official policy objecting to waste storage in the state and demands reconsideration of the originally developed site at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
“I was proud to sponsor these resolutions that clearly say ‘no’ to the plans of the U.S. Department of Energy and others to make Mississippi the nation’s nuclear waste dump Mississippians have paid $80 million to send nuclear waste to Nevada, and that’s where it should go, period,” Presley said. “I am shocked that the Department of Energy recently said that they have continued a dialogue with officials in Mississippi related to this absurd idea.”