Yucca Mountain

Yucca Mountain, the Nevada-based, scientifically flawed and politically unjust proposed high-level radioactive waste repository has now been canceled. However, pro-nuclear forces in Congress have not abandoned Yucca and funding is still allocated to the project.



Yucca dump news, reported by State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects


Resistance to Yucca Mountain, NV high-level radioactive waste dump remains strong

Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps, left, and Native Community Action Council's Ian Zabarte, right, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during a youth climate rally in 2018.Over the past 32 years, since the raw politics of the "Screw Nevada" bill of 1987 (the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, that singled out Yucca Mountain as the only site in the country to be further studied as a potential repository), a thousand environmental groups have stepped up to oppose the high-level radioactive waste dump.

The State of Nevada itself has fended off the dump at every turn, for more than a generation. This week, the state's Democratic U.S. congressional delegation has re-introduced its legislation, requiring high-level radioactive waste dumps to be consent-based -- something Yucca is not. Recently, Nevada -- led by its new Democratic governor, Steve Sisolak -- has fought back against secret U.S. Department of Energy shipments of ultra-toxic, weapons-grade plutonium, from South Carolina, for "temporary" storage at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly called the Nevada Test Site), near Yucca.

But no one has fought radioactive waste dumping, nuclear weapons testing, and other abuses upon their people and lands -- and violations of the "peace and friendship" Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863 -- longer than the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians, who have inhabited Nevada since time immemorial. Just the latest examples include a Jan. 15 submission to the UN Human Rights Committee, and a Feb. 15 submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Consequences of Exposure of Indigenous People to Toxic and Otherwise Hazardous Substances, made by Principal Man Ian Zabarte, on behalf of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians. (Above, Ian is pictured, at the right, holding his "Nevada is Not a Wasteland" banner, alongside Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps, at the left, at a youth climate rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last year.)

What can you do? Please contact both your U.S. Senators, and your U.S. Representative, and urge they oppose any efforts in Congress or by the Trump administration, to revive the cancelled Yucca dump. You can be patched through to your Members of Congress's Washington, D.C. offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

To learn more about resistance to the Yucca dump, see Beyond Nuclear's website section.


Nevada Congressional Democrats introduce bill to require state and local consent to build Yucca repository


Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Consequences of Exposure of Indigenous People to Toxic and Otherwise Hazardous Substances

Submission, made by Principal Man Ian Zabarte, on behalf of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians.



As posted at the State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Project's "What's News?" page:

Updated - Monday, March 11, 2019

Updated - Saturday, March 09, 2019

The Nevada Independent - Presidential candidate Inslee condemns secret shipment of plutonium during Las Vegas campaign visit - By Jackie Valley

Updated - Thursday, March 07, 2019

Updated - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Updated - Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Aiken Standard - Plutonium shipped from SRS akin to 'irradiated garbage,' Nevada court filing says - By Colin Demarest

Updated - Friday, March 01, 2019

Updated - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Updated - Monday, February 25, 2019

Updated - Friday, February 22, 2019
The Nevada Independent - Sisolak not attending events with Pence, White House over secret plutonium shipment - By Riley Snyder

Updated - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Energy Department Defends Secret Nuclear Shipments to Nevada - By Charles S. Clark

Updated - Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Nevada Independent - The Indy Explains: How a secret plutonium shipment exacerbated mistrust between Nevada and Department of Energy - By Daniel Rothberg

Updated - Thursday, February 14, 2019
U.S. Representative - Congresswoman Titus Statement on NNSA Briefing About Secret Plutonium Shipment

Updated - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Sunbury News - DOE secretly shipped plutonium - By Scott Sonner

The Washington Post - Nevada seeks new injunction to block plutonium shipments - By Scott Sonner, AP

Updated - Friday, February 01, 2019

Updated - Thursday, January 31, 2019

Updated - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

[See links to NV's lawsuit against the weapons-grade Pu shipments, here.

The sprawling Nevada National Security Site (formerly known as the Nevada Test Site, where full-scale nuclear weapons test explosions had been conducted from 1951 to 1992 -- and still are, in terms of sub-critical blasts involving Pu and conventional explosives) abuts Yucca Mountain, Nevada, on Western Shoshone Indian Nation land.]