In concern that temporary, on-site storage facilities for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants do not become de facto permanent waste sites, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Sept. 12 attempted to digest the problem--and pass it on to the next generation of legislators. Senate committee chair Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is retiring. He noted that he\u2019s standing by the bill he introduced, S 3469, that could affect long-term high-level radioactive waste storage. He added that he\u2019s \u201cleaving it to the next Congress to continue working on the issue.\u201d Some nuclear plant owners, like those in California, are storing waste on-site at their facilities in temporary casks while the federal government attempts to tackle the long-term storage issue. Ratepayers pay $770 million\/year into a federal account to assure long-term waste storage, according to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Nuclear plant owners, including those in California, have sued the federal government to oblige its commitment, but the fund continues to accrue. The federal plan to use a geologic formation to permanently stash waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was dismissed in 2010. A new site has not been located. As part of this proposed legislation, Congress, under Bingaman\u2019s legislation, is considering offering incentives to communities that offer to host a waste site instead of having the government impose a site on an unwilling public. While the legislation meanders at the Capitol, the Obama Administration is actively carving out a solution, according to Peter Lyons, Department of Energy assistant secretary of nuclear energy. He declined to offer specifics.