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Response to the Nevada Independent article: Concerns about government bullying and safety were the top reasons for those opposing the House Yucca bill

Before turning to the assertion of “bullying,” it is meaningful to look at the assessment of safety of the Yucca Mountain site. Demonstrations of the safety of the site have been made by several National Laboratories, the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff. Although Nevada claims that the site is not safe, the State has fought every effort to have their safety concerns adjudicated in the process required by Commission regulations. Nevada’s refusal to enter into the licensing hearings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where technical issues are to be adjudicated, must be viewed in this light.

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July 28, 2018

COMMENTARY: Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Yucca Mountain

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is bracing to run the Senate confirmation gantlet. Some of his opponents have tried to present Kavanaugh as a problem for anti-Yucca Nevada lawmakers, particularly Sen. Dean Heller, whose seat is vulnerable in November.

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July 24, 2018

Las Vegas business leaders mount lobbying campaign against Yucca

A congressional tour of Yucca Mountain last weekend spurred Las Vegas business leaders to fan across the nation’s capital Wednesday and lobby lawmakers and the Trump administration against storing nuclear waste in Nevada.

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July 18, 2018

Kavanaugh's court decision on Yucca could be campaign issue in Nevada Senate race

Several moderate senators who may ultimately decide the fate of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, declined to go to the White House to hear President Trump make the announcement.

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July 14, 2018

Members of Congress tour Yucca Mountain in Nevada

As Congress battles over whether to bury nuclear waste in Nevada, lawmakers on Saturday visited Yucca Mountain to tour the mothballed exploratory tunnel in the geological formation 95 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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July 12, 2018

Shimkus hopes to show House members that Yucca will work

With a dozen House lawmakers expected to visit Yucca Mountain this weekend, Illinois Republican John Shimkus, the congressional champion for building a national nuclear waste repository there, hopes seeing the site will help to broaden and consolidate support for the project.

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July 5, 2018

Nevada wants official removed from Yucca Mountain process

Nevada's office of Nuclear Projects has called on David Wright to recuse himself from any further proceedings involving the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

 

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June 11, 2018

Nevada wants recusal from NRC member on Yucca Mountain decisions

The state of Nevada is asking a regulatory commissioner to recuse himself from any federal decision on Yucca Mountain, citing his past advocacy and public comments critical of local opposition to the controversial project.

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June 4, 2018

Historian Richard Rhodes on Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

We are undergoing probably the largest energy transition in human history. We are facing the need to decarbonize our entire energy supply. And no one seems quite prepared to take it seriously.

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May 31, 2018

Native Perception of the Yucca’n Nuclear Waste Conversation

 

This paper focuses on how environmental justice, the media, and science influences perception of the proposed high-level radioactive nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

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July 26, 2018

Sen. Dean Heller working to keep Yucca Mountain from reviving

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) announced he and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services worked together to exclude the $30 million budget for Yucca Mountain in 2019.

 

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July 23, 2018

Heller Keeps Yucca Mountain Out of Reconciled Defense Bill

On May 24, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives approved its version of the NDAA with $30 million authorized to revive Yucca Mountain, and on June 18th, Heller announced that he successfully ensured that the U.S. Senate’s version of the bill excluded the $30 million...

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July 17, 2018

Duncan champions Yucca Mountain as site of nuclear respository

Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is more than 2,000 miles from U.S Rep. Jeff Duncan’s 3rd Congressional District, but he has emerged as one of its most vocal champions.

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July 13, 2018

Democrats Titus, Rosen decline GOP congressman's invitation to visit Yucca Mountain

Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus invited Nevada Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen on a trip to visit Yucca Mountain on Saturday, but both declined, citing their opposition to the project.

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July 9, 2018

Longtime Yucca Mountain supporter eyes site as funding fight simmers

A group of lawmakers will reconcile Yucca Mountain money approved in the House with a lack of funding out of the Senate. The funding debate is unfolding amid a failed effort by Nevada to get a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner to recuse himself from the process.

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June 20, 2018

House to vote on energy spending bill with Yucca Mountain funds

A $44.7 billion spending package for energy programs, including the Yucca Mountain project, is scheduled for a vote in the House this week.

 

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June 7, 2018

Move to strip Yucca Mountain funds from Energy spending bill fails

An amendment backed by Nevada Democrats that would have stripped money for the proposed Yucca Mountain project from a spending bill for the Department of Energy died in the House on Thursday.

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June 3, 2018

Congress works to revive long-delayed plan to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain

The federal government’s dormant plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is showing signs of life amid a new push by the Trump administration and some members of Congress to revive the long-delayed project.

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May 29, 2018

Concerns about government bullying and safety

Only a small slice of House membership joined the Nevada delegation earlier this month in voting against legislation to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. But in siding with the Battle Born State, those lawmakers revealed how the policy fight touches nerves around the country.

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July 24, 2018

Plan to Restart Licensing for Yucca Mountain Dead for now

A plan to restart a licensing process to store nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain site appears to be dormant for at least the next year.

 

 

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July 19, 2018

Kavanaugh's 2013 ruling advancing Yucca complicates calculus for Heller

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court, Nevada’s senior senator must decide whether to support a nominee who issued a pivotal decision on the state’s most explosive political issue...

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July 14, 2018

Shimkus frames Yucca Mountain as political, not scientific, debate during congressional tour

 Inside a hot, dark tunnel in a remote part of the Nevada desert, a couple dozen congressmen, congressional staffers and federal officials stand before a large burnt orange metal door flanked by two red stoplights, one on either side.

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July 13, 2018

Yucca-ing it up

GOP Rep. John Shimkus will educate another dozen lawmakers on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository this weekend via a field trip to the Nevada site. He told ME “the purpose of the visit is to walk the grounds and get an appreciation of the site” and that most of the lawmakers coming along have never been.

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July 7, 2018

Las Vegas officials vote against reviving Yucca Mountain

For the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Tuesday, it was Yucca Mountain deja vu.

Board members unanimously approved a resolution opposing the revival of federal funding for the nuclear waste repository 100 miles from Las Vegas.

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June 17, 2018

Heller, Rosen tangle over who can stop Yucca Mountain revival

A pivotal Senate race in Nevada that Republicans and Democrats covet for control of the upper chamber of Congress has become ground zero in the Yucca Mountain debate.

 

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June 4, 2018

House to vote on energy spending bill with Yucca Mountain funds

A $44.7 billion spending package for energy programs, including the Yucca Mountain project, is scheduled for a vote in the House this week.

 

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June 1, 2018

Texas’ lawsuit to force Yucca Mountain dismissed

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced on Friday the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted his office's motion to dismiss the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste lawsuit filed by the State of Texas.

 

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May 25, 2018

Senate panel again drops Yucca Mountain licensing funding from budget

Senate appropriators on Thursday deleted a Trump administration budget request for $120 million to restart licensing on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, setting up another impasse with the House.

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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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