Presley writes Obama, others to oppose putting nuclear waste in state

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reached out to President Barack Obama, Mississippi’s congressional delegation and other Washington leaders in an attempt to block any federal government attempts to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste on Mississippi soil, according to a release from his office.

In a letter sent today, Presley shared copies of recent unanimously passed PSC resolutions opposing the siting of a permanent nuclear waste disposal site in Mississippi and requesting refunds for the $80 million paid by Mississippi residents for a failed government storage facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Presley writes that he enclosed the resolutions “in the hope that they will present you with an accurate account of Mississippi nuclear waste storage policy and correct any impression you may have been given that Mississippi would welcome the nation’s waste.”

He said testimony by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz naming Mississippi as a top contender to replace Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste storage site prompted him to write the letter. Assistant Energey Secretary Peter Lyons called Mississippi "the most public of potential hosts to express interest in taking high level waste," Presley said.

"They need to know the Public Service Commission is against that harebrained scheme," he said.