Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Murkowski plans to release today a modified version of his nuclear waste storage bill that he hopes will gather enough support in a Senate vote next week to override a possible veto -- or, perhaps, win the president's signature.
The manager's amendment, however, does not make sweeping changes to the bill -- and retains many of the provisions opposed by key Democrats. The modifications seek to please Democrats who believe the EPA should have more of a role in setting radiation standards for a permanent storage facility at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
Murkowski said Tuesday he is not opposed to giving the EPA some responsibility over radiation levels, because he:
- doesn't like the epa
- thinks the enviornment sucks