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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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Saturday
Jul112009

Up, up and away as Yucca price soars

The price tag for the proposed high-level radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain, NV, continues to rise with new estimates announced on August 5 topping $96.2 billion. The Department of Energy's director of nuclear waste programs, Ward Sproat, released the new estimates, up from the $57.5 billion cost projected in 2001. Sproat said he based the new figures on an assumption that the 77,000-ton Yucca capacity would be too small and should be expanded to 122,000 tons of waste. At the current capacity and with continued nuclear waste generation, the Yucca dump, if opened, would be full by 2010. (Photo of Yucca sweatlodge by Gabriela Bulisova).

Saturday
Jul112009

NRC dockets Energy Dept. Yucca Mountain dump application

With breakneck speed, NRC has rubberstamped DOE's half-baked application for permission to construct and operate a high-level radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Once NRC's docketing decision hits the Federal Register, likely in about two to three weeks, the State of Nevada and any other opponents to the Yucca dump will then have a mere 60 days to submit intervention contentions to NRC. The NRC proceeding will last for three to four years. If elected president, Barack Obama has pledged to withdraw the Yucca license application. John McCain, who has consistently voted in favor of the Yucca dump, has recently indicated the dump may not be needed after all. 

Saturday
Jul112009

DOE files final Yucca dump application; Obama, if elected, could kill project

Culminating a more than 25-year-long site selection process, on June 3, 2008 DOE applied to NRC for a construction and operating license for the national high-level radioactive waste repository targeted at geologically unsuitable land at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. While John McCain supports the proposed dumpsite, Barack Obama opposes it. 

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