Decommissioning costs: A blind spot in the nuclear power debate

August 30, 2016


What happens to nuclear power plants when they retire and decommission. Specifically, how Americans like you and I will continue to pay more and be subjected to greater risks as nuclear power plants are converted to interim waste storage facilities.  Read More...

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US Department of Energy

Yucca Mountain: The Making of an Underground Laboratory

















Watch this 5 part video series describing how and why the nuclear waste repository laboratory was built into Yucca Mountain

More from the DOE about the Yucca Mountain Project


See If Your Next-Door Neighbor Is a Toxic Dump

An interactive map created by media artist Brooke Singer shows the 1,300-plus toxic sites scattered across the US.

Using data collected from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the map identifies where the agency has set up Superfund sites, where uncontrolled hazardous waste remains in the environment.


Dots in warm colors on the map represent the toxic sites scattered around the nation. The dots range in hue depending on the severity of a site’s hazardous ranking score, with red signaling a high score while dull yellow represents a low one.

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Nevada stakeholders voice input on Yucca Mountain nuclear disposal site

Hearing on “Federal, State, and Local Agreements and Economic Benefits for Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal,” Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy (July 7, 2016)


In a hearing held last week on “Federal, State and Local Agreements and Economic Benefits for Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal,” the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment and the Economy Subcommittee heard statements from Nevada stakeholders concerning a repository for spent nuclear fuel at the Yucca Mountain site.


“Nevadans deserve to have honest brokers in their federal government, and they deserve to hear the unbiased, scientific results that all of their hard-earned dollars funded,” U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) said.


Testimonies at the hearing discussed the impact of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the adequacy of funding provided to the state of Nevada and future infrastructure needs connected to the disposal facility.  Read more...


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DOE legal obligation on Yucca Mountain

August 9, 2016


The US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue the completion of the licensing review for the Yucca Mountain used fuel and nuclear waste disposal facility, saying the consent-based siting process proposed by the department cannot legally substitute for the Nevada project.  Read More...

Heller predicts new move to build Yucca Mountain after Reid retires

August 18, 2016


U.S. Sen. Dean Heller thinks there will be a new effort to kick-start the Yucca Mountain Project after one of its most powerful and outspoken opponents, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, leaves office at the end of the year.


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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