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December 6, 2017

Gauging The Risk From US Nuclear Waste

The risk calculation is a function of the type of radiation, and its intensity and radiotoxicity. It also strongly depends on the mobility of specific radionuclides in different geological environments.

 

 

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December 4, 2017

The Toxic Waste Site In Your Backyard

Ask the average American if he or she is living on top of or next to a toxic waste dump site, or a toxic site that might have few unexploded bombs on them and you'll likely get the thousand-mile stare.

 

 

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December 4, 2017

Former Nuclear Test Site Turning Into an $8 Billion Neighborhood

In San Francisco, an influx of tech workers has driven up the cost of housing and pushed natives to the far reaches of the city. And in the remote waterfront neighborhood of Hunters Point, an entirely new community is rising on the site of a former nuclear testing facility.

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November 29, 2017

A Reasonable Alternative to Storing Nuclear Waste

Where can all this nuclear waste be safely stored? One solution that is often cited is Yucca Mountain. But there is another solution that could make money for Nevada taxpayers. Why not recycle spent fuel rods at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and sell them back to nuclear power plants?

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November 21, 2017

A Tale of Two Archivists

Many people have strong reactions when they think about Yucca Mountain and a particular Senator from Nevada named Harry Reid. What most people don't realize is two librarians are hard at work archiving, processing and cataloging...

 

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November 14, 2017

Trump budget chief says funding for Yucca Mt was his idea

President Donald Trump’s top budget man, Mick Mulvaney, solved a mystery Tuesday. Asked who put $120 million into Trump’s spending plan to restart licensing for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and other interim storage, Mulvaney said he did.

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Nevada’s Dean Heller says he’s only person keeping Yucca from happening

In a conference call with rural Nevada newspapers, including the Pahrump Valley Times on Wednesday, Heller talked about a gamut of issues including tax reform, health care and the stalled nuclear waste repository in Nye County.

“I am the only person standing between Yucca Mountain happening and not happening. I am the only person that can stop that,” Heller said in response to the question about the state of Yucca Mountain.

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October 28, 2017

Guy W. Farmer: The Yucca Mountain Battle never ends

We live in the Battle Born state, and there's one battle that never ends — the struggle over whether to turn Nevada into the nation's nuclear waste dump.

 

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October 22, 2017

Amodei expects Yucca Mountain bill to pass before Thanksgiving

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., thinks the House will pass a Yucca Mountain revival bill, maybe before Thanksgiving.

“My prediction is that it will pass the House,” Amodei said Friday during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce breakfast at SLS Las Vegas.

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October 17, 2017

Longtime Yucca Mountain booster in Congress makes his pitch in Nevada

An Illinois congressman who is pushing legislation tied to the proposed Yucca Mountain dump is presenting his point of view on the topic to a group of Northern Nevada business owners.

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October 11, 2017

Nuclear waste stranded at Indian Point as feds search for permanent solution

The bold plan to rid the nation's nuclear power plants of spent fuel that's been piling up for decades is spelled out, down to the tiniest of details, in a 2002 Department of Energy report that took years to produce at a cost of billions of dollars.

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October 10, 2017

CBO finds long-term costs of reviving Yucca Mountain hard to predict

House legislation to revive Yucca Mountain would have no significant impact on spending over 10 years, but the uncertainty of the project makes long-term cost increases hard to predict, a report by congressional auditors finds.

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October 10, 2017

Yucca Mountain not in the “top 10” sites for a repository

Robert Halstead, executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, and Marta Adams, Nevada special deputy attorney general, who represents the state AG's office and the Agency for Nuclear Projects in the effort to block Yucca Mountain, addressed a crowd of more than 50 people.

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October 5, 2017

State Senator Says FPL Isn't Preparing Miami's Nuclear Plant for Sea-Level Rise

The Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station is built directly on the waterfront in Homestead — a location that has exposed the plant to serious natural disasters.

 

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October 2, 2017

House Subcommittee hearing examines issues with spent nuclear fuel storage

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee recently held a hearing on issues regarding spent nuclear fuel storage and the federal government’s inaction to meet statutory obligations to manage them.

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September 29, 2017

Upton Expects Nuclear Storage Vote Soon

Congressman Fred Upton is expecting the full U.S. House to vote soon on establishing a national depository for spent nuclear fuel. He tells WSJM News this would open the long-delayed Yucca Mountain facility.

 

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September 28, 2017

SWM Political Leaders Applaud Palisades Decision

Political leaders around southwest Michigan are praising this week’s news that the Palisades nuclear power plant in Van Buren County will stay open through 2022. Congressman Fred Upton tells WSJM News the plant’s 600 workers can breathe a sigh of relief.

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September 28, 2017

Energy Officials Complain About Lack of Progress at Yucca Mountain

Energy officials and lawmakers alike complained about the growing amounts of radioactive waste at local storage sites due to the lack of progress on a permanent storage facility at Yucca Mountain

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September 19, 2017

Illinois, the nuclear waste state

Nuclear power supplies one-fifth of America’s electricity. It’s reliable, proven and immune to upheaval in oil-producing nations or domestic hurricane zones. Equally important these days, it produces none of the greenhouse gas emissions that are heating up the planet.

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September 3, 2017

On opposing sides...

In reality, plans to open a long-term nuclear waste storage facility in the mountains in Nye County just 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas have only ever been mostly dead, despite the fact that an abandoned tunnel surrounded by a chain link fence is all Yucca amounts to today.

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September 3, 2017

Voyager, and that other science project

During the same year that we, as a nation, reached beyond our solar system, talks were finally getting real about building a National Repository that would satisfy the Federal Government’s pledge to deal with spent nuclear fuel rods.

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August 15, 2017

Republicans Play Politics on Yucca Mountain

Nuclear waste is all over the U.S. Is Heller’s seat worth it? For years Republicans complained that Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was blocking funding for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in his home state.

 

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August 10, 2017

Yucca Mtn hearings approach as NRC tells staff to prepare

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has directed its staff to begin a process that would be necessary to eventually resume work towards the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

 

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August 8, 2017

Nuclear Regulatory Commission restarts Yucca Mountain licensing process

The nation's top nuclear energy regulator voted on Tuesday to proceed with the information-gathering stage of approving a license for the contentious nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

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August 2, 2017

Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

As a climate change activist, former Vice President Al Gore is used to speaking in front of both hostile and friendly audiences. But there is one individual he has all but given up on.

 

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August 2, 2017

Attempts to block funding for Yucca Mountain die in House

 A series of amendments to block funding to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository died in the U.S. House of Representatives and were not included in a four-bill, $800 billion spending package last week.

 

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August 2, 2017

Trump's Energy Agenda is Plowing Ahead as Other Initiatives Stall

President Donald Trump may be fuming over Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, but he can certainly take solace in the GOP's swift overhaul of the Obama administration's energy and environmental agenda.

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August 1, 2017

Interior Secretary May Be The Key To Opening Yucca Mountain

“Downsizing of the monument would be a good thing as it would increase Yucca Mountain transportation options,” Lake Barrett, former deputy director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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August 1, 2017

Texas Can't Force Yucca Mountain Decision, Nev. Says

evada told the Fifth Circuit on Monday that it should not allow Texas to force a decision on a nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

 

 

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July 28, 2017

The Battle of Yucca Mountain

Plans to store the country’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain were considered “dead” after then-President Obama cut off funding in 2010. A change in the Oval Office could change all that.

 

 

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July 21, 2017

Yucca Mountain: High Stakes and High Hurdles

The Trump administration may be underestimating the battle it faces in trying to revive plans for a national nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

 

 

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July 14, 2017

Dangerous Cargo Moving Through Nevada

As the debate over Yucca Mountain heats up once again, so does the objection from most of Nevada's top political brass. It's been a hot-button issue over the years with state leaders objecting strongly over safety concerns...

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July 22, 2017

Air Force Chief Objects to Yucca Mountain Nuclear Routes

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson sees a need to protect the space frontier and envisions bolstering the ranks of drone warfare all while preserving the vast Southern Nevada range that shrinks as fighter jets zip faster across it.

 

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July 20, 2017

Edward Davis, USNIC: Senate kicks the can down the road again on Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste stalemate

Edward Davis, former President  of the American Nuclear Council, Senior Fellow, Nuclear Infrastructure Council.

 

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July 18, 2017

Senate panel OKs spending bill without funds for restarting

A Senate subcommittee approved a spending bill Tuesday that does not include the Trump administration’s request for $120 million to restart the nuclear licensing at Yucca Mountain in Nevada or explore temporary storage of a stockpile of waste.

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July 7, 2017

Nevada Adds More Money to Fight Yucca Mountain Project

The contract extension increases the funding from $300,000 and extends it to Sept. 30, 2018. Despite the project being pronounced dead during the Obama administration, Sandoval said the fight is needed because the Yucca project continues to see support in Congress.

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July 2, 2017

Radioactive Waste - Ocean View

and Nowhere to Go

The massive, 150-ton turbines have stopped spinning. The mile-long cooling pipes that extend into the Pacific will likely become undersea relics. High voltage that once energized the homes of more than a million Californians is down to zero.

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June 30, 2017

Scientists prepare to debate danger of Yucca Mountain’s volcanic neighbors

A renewed push to bury the nation’s most dangerous nuclear waste northwest of Las Vegas could hinge on competing scientific theories about the hazards of nearby volcanoes.

 

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June 28, 2017

Getting the Nation’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Back on Track

For decades nuclear power has played an important role in generating electricity throughout the country, by accounting for nearly 20 percent of all electricity generated across the United States over the past 30 years.

 

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June 28, 2017

ICYMI

 The Energy and Commerce Committee today will vote on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017. H.R. 3053 provides reforms to the nation’s nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal gov’s legal obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel.

 

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June 27, 2017

Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition

As evidenced by the discussions during the markup of the bill by the Subcommittee on the Environment on June 15th, your Members are not only well aware of the nation’s need to resolve the nuclear waste management dilemma; they are willing to take action!

 

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June 26, 2017

U.S. must better manage nuclear waste storage

“For too long, Texans have paid the federal government and gotten nothing in return when it comes to nuclear power. We are committed to getting our nuclear waste management responsibilities back on track.”

 

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June 15, 2017

Subcommittee passes bill to make Yucca Mountain the U.S. nuclear repository

Despite Nevada protests against it, a measure to make Yucca Mountain the nation's nuclear waste repository advanced in a congressional subcommittee Thursday morning.

 

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June 15, 2017

Nevada sues Texas for trying to kick-start Yucca Mountain

Nevada wants a federal appeals court to dismiss a bid by the state of Texas to kick-start government funding and licensing for a long-fought plan to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste in the desert outside Las Vegas.

 

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Congressman Joe Barton

Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce since 2004, with principal House responsibility over matters relating to energy, commerce, public health and marketplace interests. Barton is currently the senior Republican and serves as Vice Chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

 

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About This Website

About Yucca Mountain

Project Overview

This website is offered in order to shed light on the Yucca Mountain effort. First, we believe it is important to present factual information on Yucca Mountain, as opponents have made every effort to disassemble and erase its outstanding research record from the pages of history since the Obama Administration terminated the project in 2011.

Second, Yucca Mountain represents feats of engineering and scientific prowess that need to be more widely recognized. The facts need to be told.

And . . . the United States still needs a safe place to store its high-level nuclear waste.

The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, located on a piece of land adjoining the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada, was designed to be a deep geological repository storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and other high- level radioactive waste, as designated by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act amendments of 1987.

The United States currently obtains about 20 percent of its commercial electricity from nuclear energy. Waste from the more than 60 commercial nuclear power plants operating across the country is accumulating at the rate of about 2,000 tons per year. Approximately 65,000 tons are currently in temporary storage at the sites where it was produced.

In 1987, Congress singled out Yucca Mountain, located in Nye County, Nevada, adjoining the Nevada Test Site, as the site for intensive study of long-term storage of high-level nuclear waste.

As of 2011, the nation has spent as much as $15 billion on finding a permanent storage site for its high-level nuclear waste, some $9 billion on Yucca Mountain alone. Hundreds of men and women worked on the study of Yucca Mountain for decades, including some of the best scientists in the world.

In 2011, as a result of political maneuvering, funding on Yucca Mountain and the search for a permanent storage site for high-level nuclear waste came to a halt.

Yet in 2014, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared that high-level nuclear waste could be safely stored at Yucca Mountain for at least 1 million years.

Dr. Voegele's talk outlined the history of the U.S. high-level radioactive waste disposal program, with particular focus on how Yucca Mountain was selected for the country's first nuclear waste repository.  The talk provided a very good outline of the legislative history of the project, along with related court decisions through the years.  He also touched on recent activities that might affect the future of Yucca Mountain.  Dr. Voegele spent 40 years working in the U.S. high-level waste disposal program, most of that time on the Yucca Mountain project.

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