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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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Monday
Aug072017

Sen. Heller (R-NV) questions NRC re: proposed Yucca dump

On July 28, 2017, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chairman, Kristine Svinicki, responded to questions from Nevada's senior U.S. Senator, Dean Heller, re: the proposed Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste dump. See the cover letter, and Chairman Svinicki's responses to Sen. Heller's questions.

These communications were not released by NRC Chairman Svinicki until today (Mon., Aug. 7, 2017), when they were posted to the NRC ADAMS docket, ten days after they were sent to Sen. Heller.

[Please note that NRC Chairman Svinicki previously stirred controversy, by failing to disclose to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, during her initial confirmation hearing as a U.S. NRC Commissioner, that she had in fact wored on Yucca Mountain Project related matters, when she worked at the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Senators from Nevada, including Harry Reid (Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate for many years, now retired), were not pleased that Svinicki had concealed this important fact from them and other U.S. Senators.]

Wednesday
Aug022017

H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017

See the bill, as amended (see the four amendments), passed by the U.S. House of Represenatives Energy & Commerce Committee by a vote of 49 to 4 on June 28, 2017, here.

Here is more info. on the status of H.R. 3053, such as the list of co-sponsors.

This bill would authorize both private, de facto permanent, surface "parking lot dump" storage of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, a.k.a. centralized interim storage, as well as U.S. Department of Energy operated consolidated interim storage. H.R. 3053 would also revive the Yucca Mountain, Nevada permanent burial dump scheme.

If any of these dumps open, unprecedented numbers of shipments of irradiated nuclear fuel (high-risk Mobile Chernobyls, Floating Fukushimas, Dirty Bombs on Wheels, Mobile X-ray Machines That Can't Be Turned Off) would be launched onto the roads, rails, and/or waterways, for decades on end. Learn more about these transport risks, here.

Please take action to oppose this dangerously bad bill.

Saturday
Jul292017

The Battle of Yucca Mountain

President Trump's proposed budget includes $120 million to reopen licensing for Yucca Mountain, and Nevada's federal delegation is ready to fight.

As reported by USA Today, and reprinted in The Spectrum (St. George, UT).

Saturday
Jul292017

Nevada official says House vote on Yucca funding no shock

Friday
Jul282017

U.S. Sen. Heller (R-NV): House Passes Legislative Package Including Yucca Mountain Funding

As posted at U.S. Senator Dean Heller's (Republican-Nevada) website:

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) released the below statement following a vote from the U.S. House of Representatives to advance a federal spending package containing the House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which includes funding to re-license the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

“While I am encouraged by actions in the U.S. Senate to fight the re-licensing of Yucca Mountain, the House of Representatives has charged forward with funding to revive Yucca Mountain,” said Heller. “I will continue to lead the Nevada delegation to fight the House's determined efforts to make this failed project a reality and reiterate to my colleagues and the administration that Yucca Mountain is dead."

Recently, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee advanced the Senate’s Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which excluded funding for Yucca Mountain. Heller previously submitted testimony to the Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee reiterating his staunch opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.