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March 22, 2018

Budget bill excludes money for Yucca nuke dump

A budget bill passed by the House does not include money for work to develop and build a nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas.

 

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March 21, 2018

Pahrump officials want Yucca discussion to move forward

"Ceramic pellets for the spent fuel, and this is a big glass log within this stainless steel canister." Darrell Lacy, Director of the Nye County Nuclear Waste Office pointed out several items inside the Pahrump Valley Museum.

 

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March 13, 2018

Cortez Masto seeks details on Yucca spending since Trump's election

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has called on Energy Secretary Rick Perry to provide details on how the White House would spend funds requested for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository...

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March 20, 2018

Heller to Senate Panel: Don’t Fund Yucca Mountain

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today urged the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to not fund the Trump Administration’s request of $120 million to restart the repository licensing process for Yucca Mountain.

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March 16, 2018

Rep. Walters expresses support of funding to restart Yucca Mountain licensing process

Walters, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ethics Committee, noted that the inactive San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) site south of her district currently contains 1,800 tons of spent nuclear fuel.

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March 13, 2018

The quiet fight to finally send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain

The negotiations to pass a fiscal 2018 spending bill this month include a quiet effort by a Republican lawmaker from Illinois to restart plans to store the nation’s nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.

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March 8, 2018

Shimkus, House proponents call for passage of Yucca bill

Shimkus discussed the broader issue of the need for Congress to address nuclear waste, which is being kept in 129 locations in 39 states, while nine other speakers talked about the waste management and storage problems in their respective states.

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March 5, 2018

Rosen Sends Letter Urging House, Senate Appropriators To Not Fund Yucca

Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement on a letter she sent to the U.S. House and Senate Appropriators requesting that no funds be appropriated for Yucca Mountain development in the FY 2018 omnibus legislation.

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February 23, 2018

Setting the record straight on Yucca Mountain

Orrin J. H. Johnson’s opinion column, “The wrong way to make the right argument on Yucca Mountain,” Nevada Independent, Feb. 20, is wrong on the facts.

 

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February 20, 2018

The wrong way to make the right argument on Yucca Mountain

Danny Tarkanian put out a press release last week supporting President Trump’s budget blueprint item that would restart the opening of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. It’s a stunning example of how to do the right thing the wrong way.

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February 14, 2018

Sandoval lashes out at Yucca Mountain funding, says Trump won't test nukes in Nevada

Gov. Brian Sandoval says he’s been assured that President Donald Trump will not resume feared nuclear tests in Nevada after conversations with the White House, the National Security Council and the Department of Energy...

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February 13, 2018

Rep. Kihuen: Yucca a Colossal Waste of Funds

“I am disappointed that Trump’s latest budget request dedicates $120 million to revive the long-dead nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, money that would be much better spent on research and development of the renewable energy technology that we need to power our clean-energy future.

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February 13, 2018

Tarkanian backs Trump, slams Heller over Yucca Mountain

Trying to further distinguish himself from Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, Republican primary challenger Danny Tarkanian is praising the Trump administration's effort to restart licensing of a nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas.

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February 2, 2018

Proposed Amendments Would Store High-Level Radioactive Waste in NM and TX and Accelerate Yucca Mountain

Proposed amendments to the federal Nuclear Waste Policy Act would accelerate two proposals to bring some of the nation’s commercial high-level radioactive waste to New Mexico and West Texas.

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January 25, 2018

Mayor Goodman skips Trump meeting to talk Yucca with fellow mayors

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman decided not to attend a meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump, but it wasn’t to make a political statement.

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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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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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March 20, 2018

Cortex Masto Calls For Transparency on Yucca Licensing Expenditures

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry requesting information on the Department’s activities and expenditures associated with any Yucca Mountain licensing proceedings.

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March 15, 2018

Heller's best move on Yucca may be his tough re-election, according to Amodei, Titus

Sen. Dean Heller underscored his pledge to prevent federal funds from going to build the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, but it’s his vulnerability on election day that will likely scuttle the plan for this year, according to two members of Nevada’s delegation.

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March 12, 2018

Yucca Mountain Legislative Action, Budget Request Expected Soon

Regulatory hearings, action in Congress, and the funding request for work at Yucca Mountain have happened or are expected soon, according to Bob Halstead, head of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects.

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March 7, 2018

Congress Poised to Skip Funding Yucca Nuke Dump Again This Year

President Donald Trump’s budget includes money to jumpstart the removal of spent nuclear fuel from across the U.S. and place it in Nevada.

 

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February 28, 2018

Nevada Democrat slams 'waste of time' meeting to reboot Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump

A Nevada Democrat is outraged at federal nuclear regulators for holding a two-day meeting to reconstitute a library of documents needed to support the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in her state.

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February 21, 2018

Powerful gaming group opposes U.S. budget effort for Yucca

The American Gaming Association is expressing opposition to the Trump administration’s inclusion in its budget proposal of $120 million to restore the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nye County.

 

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February 20, 2018

Trump's Yucca Mountain funding refuels political fight over nation's nuclear waste

President Donald Trump’s budget includes money to jumpstart the removal of spent nuclear fuel from across the U.S. and place it in Nevada.

 

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February 14, 2018

How Trump budget would boost Yucca project, cut Nevadans’ safety net

President Donald Trump rolled out his budget proposal Monday, reiterating some unfulfilled objectives from his first budget and reaffirming his priorities.

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February 13, 2018

State funds battle to block Yucca

The Board of Examiners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a $5.1 million contract with Washington lawyers to fight President Trump's proposed restart of the Yucca Mountain project.

 

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February 13, 2018

With New Proposed Trump Budget,Nevada Can No Longer Ignore Yucca Mountain

Tucked inside a budget proposal that included such eye-catching headlines as “Trump Eliminates Funding for Public Broadcasting,” or “White House Budget Would Add $7 Trillion to the Deficit,” it’s little wonder that one addition got lost in the details.

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January 31, 2018

A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations

Congress is hammering out a fifth budget deal in as many months. Whatever deal moves forward, Congress must not pass up another opportunity to fund the completion of the permit review process for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

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January 16, 2018

Senate GOP leaders seen slowing Yucca project to save Heller–and majority

Despite solid support from President Trump and Republican legislative leaders, the long-delayed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project appears to have hit a wall in the Senate..

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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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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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March 19, 2018

Nevada senators fight Yucca Mountain restart on two fronts

Trump administration efforts to revive the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are being met with stiff resistance from Nevada’s senators.

 

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March 13, 2018

Private Yucca meeting upsets Nevada officials

A Nye County spokesman described the March 5 meeting as nothing more than an introduction and short conversation with NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki...

 

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March 8, 2018

Goodbye Yucca? NRC to review New Mexico nuclear waste storage proposal

Lawmakers are reportedly not going to fund Yucca Mountain development this year, despite a $120 million request from President Trump who has indicated he wants to revive development.

 

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March 5, 2018

House lawmakers decry federal inaction on Yucca Mountain

House lawmakers with nuclear power plants in their congressional districts on Monday decried federal failure to license and construct a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain as two Nevada congresswomen argued against storing waste in the state.

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February 28, 2018

Advisory Panel Meets In Preliminary Step For Possible Waste Storage At Yucca Mtn.

A federal advisory panel met Tuesday in a preliminary step to determine if a nuclear waste repository should be built at Yucca Mountain, which is 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

 

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February 20, 2018

Today's debate: Should Nevada continue to fight Yucca nuclear waste repository?

President Trump's federal budget proposal introduced last week included $120 million to restart the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, a federal project for storing the nation's nuclear waste that has been dormant since funding was ended in 2011.

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February 15, 2018

Nye County Thanks Trump For Yucca Dollars

Budget guidelines from the Trump Administration includes some $120 million to re-start the licensing process to open Yucca Mountain.

 

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February 13, 2018

Heller Statement on Yucca Mountain Proposal

“Under my leadership Congress has not appropriated funding for licensing activities at Yucca Mountain as requested in the last budget, and I’m going to continue to fight to make sure that this project doesn’t see the light of day.”

 

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February 13, 2018

Gaming Industry Opposes Plan to Revive Yucca

American Gaming Association (AGA) Vice President of Government Relations Chris Cylke released the following statement in response to the Administration’s inclusion in its budget proposal of $120 million to restore the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository...

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February 10, 2018

Nevada officials engage in more fear-mongering on Yucca

Despite the “news” that Nevada has raised “new concerns” about Yucca Mountain, a closer look at the actual documents circulated in Washington, D.C., shows nothing but continued fearmongering by the state and a refusal to hear the science (“State outlines more Yucca issues,” Jan. 27, Review-Journal).

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January 31, 2018

20 Years Late but DOE Needs to Jumpstart Yucca Mountain and Consolidated Storage

Twenty years ago today, as the Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), I had to publicly admit..

 

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January 11, 2018

Yucca is obvious answer to nuclear waste question

The nation has no other viable options to Yucca Mountain for the permanent, safe storage of used nuclear fuel. The House and Senate need to find the political will to push past Nevada’s understandable opposition and authorize the transfer of the radioactive waste to the site developed for storing it.

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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 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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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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