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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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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