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.



Submit public comments to NRC against Yucca dump & Mobile Chernobyl on national call-ins (Oct. 15, Nov. 12), or written comments any time till Nov. 20

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is holding two national public comments call-in tele-conferenceces, regarding the proposed Yucca Mountain, NV high-level radioactive waste dump, on:

Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time


November 12, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

The number for both of these teleconferences is 888-790-2936, and the passcode is 1715992.

(Note that you can make written public comments at any time up to the Nov. 20th deadline via the Federal Rulemaking Web site -- go to and search for Docket ID NRC-2015-0051 -- or, by mailing comments to Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN-12-H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.)

Please see Beyond Nuclear's Yucca Mountain website section, below, for additional background information, including: news from earlier in-person public comment hearings; sample talking points, from Beyond Nuclear and allies such as the State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, the Western Shoshone Indian Nation, and other environmental/justice groups, that you can use to prepare your own public comments; and additional insights into the unnecessary, unwise Yucca dump proposal, and the Mobile Chernobyl risks it would launch on our roads, rails, and waterways, in the form of high-level radioactive waste shipments by truck, train, and barge through most states.


Beyond Nuclear to present, please call-in to NIRS-sponsored Oct. 15th "Stop Fukushima Freeways" tele-conference briefing

The Mobile Chernobyl mock nuke waste cask, a full size replica of a truck shipping container, shown in front of the State Capitol in Jefferson City, MO during a cross-country educational tourOn Oct. 7th, NIRS announced:

STOP FUKUSHIMA FREEWAYS: Keep Nuclear Waste Off Our Roads, Rails, and Urban Centers!

Telebriefing: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 8 pm Eastern

Join the coordinated campaign media launch

Dear Friends,

Congress will order the transport of highly radioactive waste through our major cities, communities, farms and forests, and even our waterways, unless we say STOP!

If highly radioactive “spent” nuclear fuel went to a central site, how would it get there? This month our network of activists and allied organizations will show that picture.

Transporting the highly radioactive waste that has piled up at the nation’s nuclear power reactors is a far greater hazard than Congress or the federal government has admitted. These bodies also play down the risk that anything bad will happen. It is only rational to prevent extra and unnecessary shipments.

NIRS will host a telebriefing next Thursday, October 15, 2015, to share more information on transport.
Register for this telebriefing by clicking here.

And join the Stop Fukushima Freeways campaign this month by helping NIRS and grassroots groups across the country raise awareness of the issue with a nationally-coordinated release of new maps of the projected routes that this lethal radioactive waste would travel. Many groups acting together as one community on the same day underscores that we are working together to stop bad ideas. NIRS will help you do it, but we ask that each group/activist step up and contact the media in your region in your own name. To join this campaign now,
sign up by clicking here.

Congress wants to revive the failed Yucca Mountain repository site, and is also considering creating a new option for the creation of consolidated storage sites that would be identical to the storage already at reactors. We call on you to stand together and reject these bad ideas. We can’t allow any more lost time, money and other resources on the failed Yucca plan, or there will be no resources for a better plan. The first step remains an end to making more of this waste.

Fukushima stands as proof that this same waste can be catastrophic when stationary in pool storage. Dry storage is a step forward in reducing radioactive risks; many environmental and safe energy groups have endorsed the concept of hardened on site dry storage (HOSS).

The risks go way up, however, when these containers containing waste that will give a lethal dose of radiation in seconds if unshielded are put on a truck or a rail car. Learn more—see the links below, and register for NIRS' telebriefing: STOP FUKUSHIMA FREEWAYS.

You will receive call-in information after you register. There is also a web-phone option.

STOP FUKUSHIMA FREEWAYS   NIRS Tele-Briefing Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8 pm (eastern) to 9:30 pm (eastern)


Diane D’Arrigo, Radioactive Waste Project Director, Nuclear Information & Resource Service (
Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watch Dog, Beyond Nuclear (
David Kraft, Executive Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service (
Judy Treichel, Executive Director, Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force

The telebriefing will be recorded and posted online.
If you register, we will send you that link in the days after the event.

Hot Cargo Factsheet
Talking Points on Yucca
Science vs Fiction at Yucca Mountain

Bills in Congress that, if passed, would trigger transport of highly radioactive waste:
HOUSE: H.R.3643 -- Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2015
SENATE: Nuclear Waste Administration Act SB 854
Click here for a webcast of an October 1 hearing in the US House Commerce Committee: Transporting Nuclear Materials: Design, Logistics, and Shipment. Written testimony is posted here.

Thank you for your activism!


Beyond Nuclear testifies before Congress against Mobile Chernobyl, Yucca, and parking lot dumps

Detailed maps showing DOE's proposed Yucca dump bound high-level radioactive waste rail shipping routes in downtown Chicago.Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste watchdog, Kevin Kamps, was invited as a witness at a hearing on "Transporting Nuclear Materials," held by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee, Environment and the Economy Subcommittee on Oct. 1st. See the hearing description, with links to the witnesses' written testimony, as well as a video recording of the hearing, here.

Learn more about the hearing, including links to Kevin's introductory remarks and full written testimony, at Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste website section. You can also see a backgrounder, prepared by Beyond Nuclear and Nuclear Energy Information Service of IL, about DOE's plans to ship high-level radioactive waste by rail into the heart of downtown Chicago (see map, left). And last but not least, learn what you can do to help stop the Mobile Chernobyl, by taking action action NRC's attempt to revive the cancelled Yucca dump. More.


Testimonials, and links to coverage, from the Sept. 15 NRC Yucca Mountain dump public meeting in Las Vegas


NRC Yucca Mountain Directorate: Meeting materials, extension of public comment period, and additional public teleconference

The following message was emailed out from the NRC Yucca Mountain Directorate on Sept. 12th:


Thank you to all who participated in the public meeting in Rockville, Maryland on September 3.  We have made the materials from that meeting available on our website at  On that page, under the heading “Comment Meetings,” you can find the NRC staff’s presentation slides, the transcript, a summary of the meeting, and other materials. 

As we announced in our September 3 meeting, we are granting a month’s extension of the comment period on the NRC staff’s draft supplement.  The comment period now closes on November 20, 2015

We have also added another teleconference to receive comments on the supplement.  This call will take place on November 12, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The number for this teleconference is 888-790-2936, and the passcode is 1715992.  Please note that the same number and passcode should be used for the October 15 teleconference.  Information about the teleconferences and our public meetings next week in Nevada is available both on our web page for this project ( and on the NRC’s public meetings web page, at

Please respond to this email if you would like to pre-register or to speak at the upcoming meetings or teleconferences.

If you have any questions about the information in this email, please contact Christine Pineda at (301) 415-6789 or email us at

Thank you,

The staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Yucca Mountain Directorate"