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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Yucca Mountain Project Oral Histories

Steve BradhurstRichard BryanRuss DyerNed ElkinsChic HechtGary HollisBob LouxDon ViethMichael VoegeleJean YounkerIn 2013, interviews were conducted with numerous people—both proponents and opponents—who offered important perspectives on Yucca Mountain. Those people included Yucca Mountain scientists, engineers, and contractors; Department of Energy contractors; county and state officials.  The oral histories listed below were prepared as part of the Nye County Town History Project (NCTHP).

 

Together, these interviews comprise a body of valuable information obtained from individuals representing a variety of perspectives on this important effort in our nation’s energy history. A credible history of Yucca Mountain cannot be written without incorporation of such variable knowledge and perspectives. If development of a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain moves forward, such information on how the site was evaluated and on the enormous amount of work involved in demonstrating its suitability will prove invaluable once construction begins. The same applies for selection of a second or third repository site, and for the efforts of other nations to construct repositories as well. If the Yucca Mountain effort never moves forward, these interviews still will be helpful in understanding the great effort that went into the evaluation of Yucca Mountain as a site for permanent storage of spent nuclear fuel. It unfortunately also tells how a good part of the more than $11 billion spent in evaluation was in large measure wasted, not for technical faults, but for political expediency.

“Nuclear Science & Technology: Imperatives for a Sustainable World”

The 2016 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo is the premier North American nuclear science and technology conference.

Yucca Mountain Panel

November 7, 2016

The American Nuclear Society provides statements which reflect the Society's perspectives on issues of public interest that involve various aspects of nuclear science and technology. Position statements are prepared by key members whose relevant experience or publications inform the documents and then the documents are reviewed by ANS committees and divisions. The final position statements are approved by the Board of Directors.

 

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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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May 1, 2017

Congressman: Time to reopen project to store nuclear waste in Nevada's Yucca mountain

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April 26, 2017

Yucca Mountain Bill Can Overcome Nevada Opposition: Shimkus

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said he is confident the Energy Department will back Congress’s efforts to restart work on Yucca Mountain as a permanent repository for the nation’s nuclear waste, despite opposition from Nevada leadership.

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May 1, 2017

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The fierce debate over public land in the West is almost certain to intensify following President Trump’s signing of an executive order Wednesday that could lead to the reduction or elimination of some national monuments.

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May 1, 2017

Yucca Mountain not included in federal spending bill

WASHINGTON — A broad spending bill to fund the federal government through September does not include money for licensing the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository,

 

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May 2, 2017

S.C. congressional delegation loses fight to get nuclear tax credit in government spending

WASHINGTON — The budget agreement worked out in Congress has disappointed every member of the South Carolina delegation after a highly desired nuclear power plant tax credit was left out.

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April 26, 2017

H.R.___, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017

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2015

Yucca Mountain Poll shows Dramatic Shift in Public Opinion

For decades now, the acrimonious debate over building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, located about 1,760 football fields away from Las Vegas, has generated enough heat to power a small third-world country.

 

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April 30, 201

McCain Calls Liberal Rejection Of Nuclear Power ‘Concerning

Jake Tapper tried to bait Sen. John McCain into denouncing Trump’s climate change policy but McCain used the question to destroy liberal opposition to nuclear power.

 

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2015

Yucca Mountain Poll shows Dramatic Shift in Public Opinion

For decades now, the acrimonious debate over building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, located about 1,760 football fields away from Las Vegas, has generated enough heat to power a small third-world country.

 

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May 26, 2017

$330M ‘roadmap’ To Restart Yucca Mountain Licensing

The GAO released a 49-page report that included the time and cost estimates and identified four steps the government must take to resume licensing proceedings.

 

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May 8, 2017

Is Yucca Mountain Back From The Dead?

The Yucca Mountain plan has faced stiff opposition from Nevada residents, environmentalists and elected officials since 1987, when Congress identified the dry, remote ridge as the only location that would be studied for a national repository for high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel.

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May 5, 2017

The Time Is Right to Open Yucca Mountain For Nuclear Waste

Today, it is imperative that national security and scientific facts take precedence over political stalling tactics and a NIMBY- “Not-In-My-Back Yard” attitude. Taxpayers have spent billions of dollars investing in the build out of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

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May 24, 2017

NEI: DOE Budget Inadequate to Sustain US Nuclear Leadership

“The administration has rightly recognized nuclear energy as a cornerstone of U.S. national security. Unfortunately, the proposed budget does not support the actions necessary for the U.S. nuclear energy industry to thrive,”

 

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March 16, 2017

Yucca Mountain, A Political Hot Potato, Is Back

Most Nevadans oppose the plan, which would consolidate the U.S. nuclear waste load currently spread across the country in their state. The project has essentially been on ice since 2010, when then-President Barack Obama suspended licensing for the Yucca Mountain facility.

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April 26, 2017

Nuclear Waste: Resuming Licensing of Yucca Mountain

Power plants in 33 states store nearly 80,000 metric tons of radioactive waste. In 2008, the DOE applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build an underground repository for this waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

 

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May 30, 2017

Nye County Commission Chairman Supports Reviving Yucca Mountain

Unlike most Nevada politicians, Nye County Commission Chairman Dan Schinhofen refuses to just say no to Yucca Mountain.

 

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May 25, 2017

Advanced Reactor Pioneers at NEA Sound Bright Notes

With big changes in store for energy in the U.S. and worldwide in the coming decades, young people will continue to bring fresh perspectives to help lead that future.

 

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Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Trash Heap Deadly for 250,000 Years or a Renewable Energy Source?

Nuclear waste is either a millennia's worth of lethal garbage or the fuel of future nuclear reactors--or both

 

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