PSC goes on record opposing nuclear waste disposal in Mississippi

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has become the first state agency to go on record to oppose 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 longstanding, official policy objecting to waste storage in the state and demands re-consideration of the originally developed site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

“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. 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,” Presley said.

Southern District Commissioner Stephen Renfroe said one idea that had been floated was to use the state's salt domes to store the waste.

"The idea of nuclear waste disposal in Mississippi is not a good one," he said. "People of Mississippi are nearly unanimous on that front."