Waste of a Mountain

How Yucca Mountain Was Selected, Studied, and Dumped



Waste of a Mountain presents the story of the effort to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.


The book also describes the history of the United States government’s actions that created the first-ever quantity of high-level radioactive waste and then managed it while the government developed the means, and completed the effort, to identify the approach and location to permanently dispose of that waste. It covers a time frame of more than seventy years and describes the nation’s journey through technically complicated, and societally and politically treacherous territories to unearth and implement the capability to dispose of high-level radioactive waste.


The book presents the extensive story of the Yucca Mountain siting effort in a manner that reflects a perspective from inside the project.All proceeds from the sale of the book have been donated to the Museum and will support the Yucca Mountain exhibits at the Museum.


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May 26, 2017

$330M ‘roadmap’ To Restart Yucca Mountain Licensing

The GAO released a 49-page report that included the time and cost estimates and identified four steps the government must take to resume licensing proceedings.



May 8, 2017

Is Yucca Mountain Back From The Dead?

The Yucca Mountain plan has faced stiff opposition from Nevada residents, environmentalists and elected officials since 1987, when Congress identified the dry, remote ridge as the only location that would be studied for a national repository for high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel.


May 5, 2017

The Time Is Right to Open Yucca Mountain For Nuclear Waste

Today, it is imperative that national security and scientific facts take precedence over political stalling tactics and a NIMBY- “Not-In-My-Back Yard” attitude. Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars investing in the build out of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.


May 24, 2017

NEI: DOE Budget Inadequate to Sustain US Nuclear Leadership

“The administration has rightly recognized nuclear energy as a cornerstone of U.S. national security. Unfortunately, the proposed budget does not support the actions necessary for the U.S. nuclear energy industry to thrive,”



March 16, 2017

Yucca Mountain, A Political Hot Potato, Is Back

Most Nevadans oppose the plan, which would consolidate the U.S. nuclear waste load currently spread across the country in their state. The project has essentially been on ice since 2010, when then-President Barack Obama suspended licensing for the Yucca Mountain facility.


April 26, 2017

Nuclear Waste: Resuming Licensing of Yucca Mountain

Power plants in 33 states store nearly 80,000 metric tons of radioactive waste. In 2008, the DOE applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build an underground repository for this waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.



May 30, 2017

Nye County Commission Chairman Supports Reviving Yucca Mountain

Unlike most Nevada politicians, Nye County Commission Chairman Dan Schinhofen refuses to just say no to Yucca Mountain.



May 25, 2017

Advanced Reactor Pioneers at NEA Sound Bright Notes

With big changes in store for energy in the U.S. and worldwide in the coming decades, young people will continue to bring fresh perspectives to help lead that future.



January 28, 2009

Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Trash Heap Deadly for 250,000 Years or a Renewable Energy Source?

Nuclear waste is either a millennia's worth of lethal garbage or the fuel of future nuclear reactors--or both





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