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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.

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Friday
Mar172017

Nevada lawmakers pledge fierce resistance to Trump's attempted Yucca Mountain revival

Thursday
Mar162017

The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, a political hot potato, is back

Wednesday
Mar152017

TX AG's federal lawsuit seeks to force opening of Yucca dump

As reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal, and the Texas Tribune, TX AG Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit at the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, seeking to force the U.S. federal government to complete the licensing procedding for the proposed (but long abandoned) national dumpsite for 70,000 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, as well as nuclear weapons complex high-level radioactive waste.

State of Texas Attorney General Paxton announced the lawsuit in a press release posted at his website, and provides a link to the lawsuit.

Monday
Mar132017

Yucca dump licensing proceeding would cost nearly $2 billion, take up to five years

As reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal, in a presentation to Nevada state legislators, Robert Halstead, Director of the Agency for Nuclear Projects, estimated that a resumption of the long-stalled U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing proceeding would cost $1.66 billion in public funds, and take four to five years to complete.

The administration of Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV) stands prepared to fend off any attempt to revive the canceled Yucca dump. The State Agency for Nuclear Projects already has 218 legal and technical contentions admitted for full hearing on the merits before NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. Halstead predicts that the State will have 30 to 50 additional contentions, based on new information, should the licensing proceeding resume.

The most recent cost estimate by the U.S. Department of Energy, to construct and operate the Yucca dump for an initial limited time period, had a price tag approaching $100 billion (yes, with a B). But the irradiated nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste will remain hazardous for a million years, EPA has admitted (under hard won court order).

Monday
Mar132017

Where Will The Waste From Palisades Nuclear Plant Go?

As reported by WMUK. Beyond Nuclear is quoted:

Without something like Yucca Mountain, Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear worries that these dumps won’t be temporary at all:

“The current top target in the country is Andrews County in Texas which is 40 percent Latin American, a high percentage of low-income residents. So it’s a real environmental justice issue. And it could just get stuck there on the surface and this material can’t stay on the surface forever. If it ever gets out into the environment - and erosion, weatherization would do that over time - then it would be a radiological disaster.”

Moving nuclear waste across the country to these dumps could be risky too - which is why Kamps says he’s not in favor of places like Yucca Mountain either.