Top Ten Facts About Yucca Mountain

The Economic Impact of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository on the Economy of Nevada

According to a study of the economic impact of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository on Nevada undertaken by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the project will add $228 million annually to Nevada's economy during construction and $127 million annually during operation. (source_ University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 2003

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Planned Rail to Yucca Mountain: Two Options -

In June 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) completed environmental analyses of two potential rail routes (known as the Caliente and Mina rail alignments). This action opened up the possibility that either option could be developed for transportation of used nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain. However, in July 2015 President Obama designated a significant amount of land along the Caliente route as the Basin and Range National Monument—making it highly unlikely that DOE will be able to develop this option (the Mina route is unaffected).


News - 2017

April 2017

April 24 - GOP Lawmakers Pushing for Nuclear Waste Facility in Nevada - Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have released a discussion draft for a bill that would create incentives to put the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository on track to become the nation's main nuclear waste disposal site. The draft text to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act is the first of many steps lawmakers must take to bring the project online again after the Trump administration expressed a willingness to re-engage on the issue following the project's halt by the Obama administration in 2010. The measure would authorize the Department of Energy to use funds from a set-aside Treasury account meant for nuclear waste disposal to pay the state of Nevada for hosting the site as well as to fund infrastructure improvements surrounding the site about 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It would also authorize the Energy Department to build interim storage facilities to consolidate the waste from reactors that have already closed while licensing for Yucca Mountain is finalized — a process that will have to overcome challenges from Nevada and environmental groups. (Source: Roll Call - Jeremy Dillion)

April 24 - Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight - A House committee will kick up a smoldering, years-long fight over a controversial nuclear waste storage facility next week. The House Energy and Commerce Committee's environment panel will hold a hearing on Wednesday to consider a bill that would revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

April 23 - LAS VEGAS (AP) - With Congress talking about reviving a mothballed plan to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste in the desert outside Las Vegas, top state officials and most Nevada federal representatives are resuming a 35-year fight to block it. (Source: 13Action News)

April 5 - New Mexico, Texas seek licenses to store spent nuclear fuel - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The race for what to do with spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants is heating up as backers of a plan to build a temporary storage site in New Mexico made the rounds in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday in hopes of gaining support for their proposal. (Source - Associated Press)

March 2017

March 18 - Supposedly 'dead' Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project returns to vex Nevada - President Donald Trump has included $120 million in his budget for the project, a lawsuit from the attorney general of Texas seeks to force the government to license the repository and a 2013 court ruling ordered the government to proceed or reject the Yucca project. (source The Review-Journal's )

March 17 - A federal lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to force an up-or-down vote on whether to permanently store highly radioactive waste in Nevada is sparking questions about whether the controversial project could end up in West Texas.

Paxton's lawsuit alleges that the Obama administration ignored a 2012 court-ordered deadline for a final decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on licensing a nuclear waste repository under Yucca Mountain, about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The NRC has said nearly 80,000 metric tons of waste were stored at operating or closed nuclear power plants at the end of 2014.

"The NRC's inaction on licensing Yucca Mountain subjects the public and the environment to potential dangerous risks from radioactive waste," Paxton said in a written statement. "We do not intend to sit quietly anymore."(source - Houston Chronicle)

March 17 - Trump May Hike US Energy Budget To Handle Nuclear WasteEven as criticism is mounting on slashing climate funding and allocations on science programs, the budget plan of President Trump would be generous with the energy department. (Source - Tech Times)

March 16 - White House proposes reviving Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. The White House's 2018 budget plan for the U.S. Department of Energy includes $120 million for nuclear waste programs including the restart of licensing for Nevada's Yucca Mountain, a project stalled for years by lawsuits and local opposition. (Source: Ruters)

March 16 - Shimkus offers advice to the Trump Administratio Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry regarding the restart of Yucca Mountain



Feb 12: Issa, colleague aim to move nuclear waste from San Onofre, urge patience - Accompanied by his colleague, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, Shimkus said he was optimistic that progress can be made on Capitol Hill to deal with stockpiles such as the 3.6 million pounds of spent fuel sitting next to the Pacific Ocean at SONGS. Source: San Diego Union Tribune ( - Video -

Feb2 - Congress likely to seek funding for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, state report says - The Nevada commission charged with overseeing nuclear waste issues on Tuesday warned that it expects Congress to seek funding to revive the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository project this year. (Source: Las Vegas Review Journal)


Jan 3 - TRUMP LIKELY BETTER FOR NUCLEAR POWER: NEI CEO - The administration of President-elect Donald Trump will be "much more positive than negative" for the nuclear industry, Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Marvin Fertel said in an interview December 19.

Jan 4: Waste program at nuclear facility reaches milestone - The Department of Energy on Monday announced that its Defense Waste Processing Facility at Savannah River Site had poured its 4,000 canister of radioactive glass since it began operations in March 1996.

Jan 3 - TRUMP LIKELY BETTER FOR NUCLEAR POWER: NEI CEO - The administration of President-elect Donald Trump will be "much more positive than negative" for the nuclear industry, Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Marvin Fertel said in an interview December 19. and Commerce Committee comes up for grabs.

News - 2016

December 2016

Dec 27, 2016 - Harry Reid's retirement may revive Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage plan - For years, the Senate minority leader and Nevada Democrat has been the most vocal opponent of a plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, a remote site less than 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Analysts say Mr. Reid's staunch political opposition to the proposal partly led to the Obama administration to pull the plug on Yucca Mountain in 2011. But the incoming Trump administration reportedly wants to give the site another look, and they'll no longer have to deal with the politically powerful Mr. Reid, who has served in the Senate since 1987 and been his party's leader in the chamber since 2005. (Source: The Washington times online by Ben Wolfgang)

Dec 26, 2016 - Trump's Energy Policy: 10 Big Changes - #7. Yucca Mountain finally begins accepting nuclear waste. Nuclear power is currently hampered by strong government headwinds. The Yucca Mountain storage facility for spent nuclear fuel is essentially ready to accept spent fuel but the Obama administration and Obama's Senate ally Harry Reid have blocked Yucca Mountain from accepting spent fuel. Some states have enacted laws prohibiting the construction of new nuclear power facilities until Yucca Mountain is available to accept spent fuel. Expect the Trump administration to streamline the opening of Yucca Mountain, relieving states and local communities from the burden of storing spent nuclear fuel.

Dec 24, 2016 - WIPP - New Mexico's Nuclear-Waste Plant Cleared for Reopening. Energy Department says safety issues at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been addressed; facility to resume some operations as soon as next month

Dec 23, 2016 - NEI Pushes for Movement on Yucca Mountain, Interim Storage - The Nuclear Energy Institute in a recent memo to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked that the Energy Department complete the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain geologic repository in Nevada, and to continue working to establish interim nuclear waste storage locations.

December 16, 2016 -The Department of Energy released a Draft Plan for a Defense Waste Repository for public comment. If you would like to provide feedback or comments on the draft plan, please email The comment period will remain open until March 20, 2017. You may also view the Request for Public Comment in the Federal Register.

Dec 15, 2016 - NATIONAL MONUMENTS - Agreement protects sprawling Nevada sculpture in Nevada..also within an area of Lincoln County, Nevada border with Nye County where the planned high-level radioactive waste has a designated route. Harry Reid up to his same old tricks.

Dec 13, 2016 - Opinion by Kris Couts, former directors of the Department of Energy's program charged with disposing of spent nuclear fuel and Defense high-level radioactive waste.

In June of 2008 the Department of Energy (DOE) submiited a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Comission (NRC) after years of focus on scientific studies on the highest rated and safest geologic repository site – Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The Yucca Mountain site was exhausitvely studies for over 20 years, during which time over eight billion dolars was expeded on its evaluation.

That application was under review by the NRC when the Obama Administration took office in January 2009 and a decision on the safety of the site, by law, would have been rendered in 2012 – over four years ago. As a matter of public record Obama/Reid made a backroom political deal where Senator Harry Reid would move up the Democratic Party Nevada Caucuses several weeks to allow Obama an early prmary victory then, if Obama were elected, he would stop the Yucca Mountain Project. After Obama's election the program was subsequently starved of funds and the remaining 850 fedral employess, contractor and others were either fired or dispositioned (along with other Nevada emplyoees who's work was affiliated with the program).

During Couts testimony to Congress, he said (sic) "Obama Administration's decision to shut down the Yucca Mountain Project is troubling becase Yucca Mountain has not failed any technical or regulatory test." Read the rest here. (courtesy of Independent Journal Reveiw online)

Dec 13, 2016: Trump picks Rick Perry to lead Energy Department - President-elect Donald Trump is planning to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to lead the Department of Energy, a transition official tells The Hill.

The Energy Department in the coming years faces numerous challenges regarding the future of nuclear energy, including whether to continue working toward a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain that nuclear power producers say they need in order to keep operating. (Source: The HIll online)

Dec 12, 2016 - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale says Trump win brings Yucca Mountain closer to opening - With Donald Trump moving into the White House and former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid heading back to Nevada, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, is optimistic the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository soon could be back on the federal government's agenda. (Source: The State onine)

Dec 12, 2016: Trump transition memo hints at major DOE changes - President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is considering widespread changes within the U.S. Department of Energy — some of which would likely be felt at Idaho National Laboratory and cleanup operations on the desert site.

The questions cover climate change policies, inner workings of the national labs, the aging nuclear fleet, nuclear waste cleanup priorities and the revival of Yucca Mountain, among other topics. The memo was first reported by Bloomberg last week. 74-question document (Source- The State online)

Dec 10, 2016: The return of Yucca Mountain? - According to a story in the trade publication E&E News on Friday, a draft list of questions directed to Department of Energy officials indicates the Yucca Mountain project is not dead, at least in the minds of the incoming Trump administration. A copy of the survey obtained by E&E News — which two sources confirmed was authentic — lists questions including these: "Are there statutory restrictions to restarting the Yucca Mountain project?" and, "Does [the Energy Department] have a plan to resume the Yucca Mountain license proceedings?" (Source: Steve Sebelius Las Vegas Review-journal)


April 20: The US Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Musical Chairs With Nuclear Waste - Over the weekend, a giant tank of radioactive sludge in Hanford, Washington, sprung a new leak. It wasn't the first time, and it likely won't be the last. Hanford is home to 177 of these decades-old tanks, and workers have been scrambling to shuffle nuclear waste from tank to tank as they become leaky with age. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the current plan for dealing with the US's dangerous high-level radioactive waste.

April 19: Candidates get testy as primary approaches - Seven of the eight candidates running as Democrats in Nevada's 4th Congressional District gathered Thursday night at the Pearson Community Center in North Las Vegas for a panel discussion moderated by Nevada political pundit Jon Ralston....Yucca Mountain

The main piece of Schaefer's campaign platform — he wants to open Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage — was another point of contention.

April 11: APPROPRIATIONS: Old, new fights expected at bicameral energy and water markups - The prospects for President Obama's request to double clean energy spending over five years will become clearer this week, as House and Senate appropriators unveil their fiscal 2017 spending bills that fund the Department of Energy.


March 28: Can Nikki Haley stop plutonium from being shipped to South Carolina? - Now that South Carolina has their primary elections and the uprooting of the Confederate Battle Flag out of the way they clearly need something new to worry about and this should certainly fill the bill. Thanks to a nuclear containment deal made with the Japanese over the past few years, the Palmetto State is schedule to be the lucky recipient of more than a quarter ton of weapons grade plutonium in the near future and Governor Nikki Haley is none too pleased with the prospect. (The Hill)

March 22: Judge Garland and Nuclear Power - Last week, President Obama nominated D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Many observers noted that Judge Garland is widely admired as a "judge's judge." But what might that mean in the context of nuclear energy and the role of the federal government in regulating nuclear power? How might his views influence important issues such as Yucca Mountain, deference to the NRC, and environmental issues?

March 18: Mulvaney introduces bill to move nuclear waste - U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney introduced legislation this week that he says could help nuclear power plants get rid of high-level atomic waste that has built up since the government scrapped a plan to ship the material to Nevada.

March 18: Supreme Court nominee dissented in Yucca Mountain licensing case - Nevadans have a reason to know Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's name beyond the highly charged U.S. Senate debate over whether his nomination should get a hearing, much less a confirmation vote.

March 21: Stop Wasting Time--Create a Long-Term Solution for Nuclear Waste - April marks the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear power disaster, the explosion and fire at a reactor at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. It forced more than 300,000 people to flee and created a zone tens of kilometers wide where radiation levels remain hazardous to this day.

March 17: Mysterious 'Area 6' Landing Strip in Nevada Desert Baffles Experts - A mysterious, mile-long landing strip in the remote Nevada desert could be the home base for testing sensors on a top-secret fleet of drones, security experts speculate.

As seen in images from Google Earth, the asphalt landing strip is in Area 6 of the Yucca Flat test site, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of the infamous Area 51 that has long been the subject of conspiracy theories. In Area 6, a handful of hangars with clamshell doors are clustered at one end of the airstrip, the Google Earth images reveal.


Feb 28: New Mexico Presses Ahead on Nuclear-Waste Plant Reopening - Burial site's closure caused by 2014 accident left waste piling up across the country. In January, the Energy Department said it had pushed the reopening date of the federal facility near Carlsbad, N.M., to December from March. The closure caused by the February 2014 accident has left nuclear waste destined for the repository piling up at sites around the country.

Feb 24: Alexander Says Ending Nuclear Waste Stalemate Is Critical To Future Of Nuclear Power - "At a time when everyone wants to produce more carbon-free electricity it makes no sense whatsoever to undermine this source of power by continuing this logjam and not opening Yucca Mountain to dispose of used nuclear fuel. Federal law designates Yucca Mountain as the nation's repository for used nuclear fuel, and the Commission's own scientists have told us that we can safely store used nuclear fuel there for up to 1 million years. There's no excuse for Congress to continue to keep Yucca Mountain closed," Senator Alexander said.

Feb 24: How dread increases society's perception of risk - Consider the case of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in the Las Vegas area, which has been a centre of controversy for more than three decades. Despite a multibillion-dollar scientific effort that concluded Yucca Mountain was a safe and feasible waste site, the public felt its concerns and values were not given a fair hearing and the risk assessment carried little weight.

Feb 16: Nuclear fuel disposal plans face political obstacles, not scientific - The Department of Energy will begin considering locations this year for interim storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel. How it proceeds may hinge more on politics than science.

The situation has its genesis in the passing of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, when the Cold War was still a fact of life, wherein Congress mandated a 1998 deadline for the DOE to establish a central repository for used fuel from commercial nuclear power facilities as well as defense-related sources.

Feb 14: EDITORIAL Obama policy endangers South Carolinians - In the lawsuit South Carolina filed against the federal government last week, the state claims that Washington's refusal to follow through on its plutonium disposal plans will turn the Palmetto State into a permanent repository for the dangerous nuclear material.

Feb 7: Op-Ed - Letter: It is now time to remove the nuclear fuel from San Onofre - In the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future final report to the Secretary of Energy, it stated that the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act which tied the entire U.S. high-level waste management program to the ill-fated Yucca Mountain site in Nevada has broken down. It was not supposed to be this way. The NWPA bound the Department of Energy to take over supervision of all civilian waste from utility companies for final disposal under the assumption that the waste would be permanently stored in a deep geological repository (Yucca Mountain). The act obligated the U.S. government to begin accepting waste by 1998, but when the federal government failed to open the repository and fulfill its responsibility, it was forced to compensate the utility companies for continuing to store the waste and assume liability. This situation cannot be allowed to continue. Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern

Feb 1: Starting Over on Nuclear Waste Storage The strategy is to establish a pilot interim storage facility that mainly will accept used nuclear fuel from reactors that have already been shut down; a larger interim storage facility; and one or more long-term geologic repositories.

January 2016

Jan 24: Battelle chosen to test storing radioactive waste underground - For decades, the United States has produced nuclear energy and made weapons, creating nearly 100,000 metric tons of waste. So far, most of that waste has been stored mainly at the sites where it was created.

Jan 21: DOE Tries To Change The Rules On Nuclear Waste Disposal - The United States Department of Energy is trying to change the rules on nuclear waste disposal.

Jan 10: The 2016 politics of nuclear energy - The presidential election may offer hope for a resurgence of interest in nuclear energy. And if a Republican wins the White House, it's more likely that the centerpiece of that effort, a controversial nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, will move forward.

Jan 8: Battelle to conduct N.D. borehole research in search of disposal of high-level radioactive waste. A U.S. Department of Energy contractor plans to drill a test borehole more than 16,000 feet, or a little more than three miles, into a crystalline rock formation in North Dakota. The goal is to learn more about whether such extremely deep boreholes might be useful for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

Jan 7: North Dakota deep borehole test could help Hanford - The Department of Energy is preparing to drill a test borehole more than 3 miles deep in a North Dakota rock formation to study a disposal method that could be used for some of Hanford's radioactive waste.

Jan 5: HOUSE: Shimkus, Barton eye Energy and Commerce gavel - ThereLasing route maps are still 12 months to go in the 114th Congress, but some House Republicans are already looking ahead to next year when the coveted gavel of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee comes up for grabs.

Jan 4: Waste program at nuclear facility reaches milestone - The Department of Energy on Monday announced that its Defense Waste Processing Facility at Savannah River Site had poured its 4,000 canister of radioactive glass since it began operations in March 1996.

Jan 4: Reid to host dinner party for 3 Demo presidential hopefuls - U.S. Sen. Harry Reid will host a dinner party for all three Democratic presidential candidates at the MGM Grand Wednesday ahead of the Nevada caucuses.

Jan 2: New maps show possible routes for nuclear waste transport - LANSING — Anti-nuclear groups are identifying the types of transportation needed to haul nuclear waste across the Great Lakes region if a national waste storage site in Nevada wins federal approval.


News - 2015

December 2015

Dec 23: EDITORIAL: Yucca still the best solution for nation's nuclear waste - Despite a peppy announcement that a search has begun for a repository to house the nation's spent fuel, the taxpayers who forked over a collective $13 billion for the Yucca Mountain project are not smiling.

Dec 23: DOE launches consent-based sitting process for Yucca Mountain.Washington, D.C. — With Yucca Mountain mothballed as a nuclear waste repository, the U.S. Energy Department on launched a consent-based siting process to ensure that communities, tribes and states are comfortable with the location of future storage and disposal sites before they are constructed.

Dec 22: Department of Energy starts search for spent fuel repository - The Department of Energy has officially started searching for states and communities interested in housing the nation's nuclear spent fuel. Execution of this approach would officially reverse the controversial Yucca Mountain project, which was expected to house defense and commercial materials and remove waste from sites around the nation, including the Savannah River Site and four nuclear power plants in South Carolina.

Dec 22: DOE Resumes Search for Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Waste Repository - A Dec. 21 announcement from Franklin Orr, U.S. Department of Energy under secretary for science and energy, is a jolt: He explained that DOE has again begun working on "a consent-based approach to siting future nuclear waste management facilities as part of a strategy for the long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste." Which was the goal of those seeking to inter such fuel and wastes at Yucca Mountain for roughly 20 years.

Dec 21: Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste - Today, the Department of Energy is taking a critical step toward the development of a consent-based approach to siting future nuclear waste management facilities as part of a strategy for the long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The launch of our consent-based siting initiative represents an important step toward addressing this nuclear waste management challenge, so that we can continue to benefit from nuclear technologies. Today's step forward follows Secretary Moniz's announcement in March 2015 that DOE would move forward with the development of a separate repository for defense waste.

Dec 19: Editorial: Nuclear workers show America's darker side - The answer is a central repository, and in 1987, after immense study, Congress decreed that site would be under Yucca Mountain in Nevada. There, nuclear waste would not be a human threat for at least 10,000 years. The government spent more than $15 billion preparing to accept the waste by Congress' 1998 deadline. Utility customers also have paid billions into this solution. But President Barack Obama egregiously mothballed Yucca Mountain as soon as he became president.

What we see is a nation in denial. We see a nation willing to consider workers in its hodgepodge of nuclear sites to be collateral damage. We see a nation that has grossly underestimated the cost to the workers.

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Dec 18: Nuclear industry reps visit Vermont Yankee - Nuclear industry representatives believe plant decommissioning processes could go quicker if rules around it were changed to fit the current landscape in which shutdowns are happening more often than before.

Dec 18: Reid keeps new Yucca Mountain funding at bay - Congress on Friday approved a massive spending bill for the fiscal year that included no new funding for Yucca Mountain to the delight of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

Dec 8: AP class schools commissioners on Yucca Mountain - The Churchill County High School Advanced Placement Chemistry class presented its community survey of the Yucca Mountain Oversight Project to the Churchill County Commissioners at Thursday's meeting.

Dec 9: Clear solution on nuclear waste if Congress would only act - There is a solution to this problem; a solution for which American taxpayers and electricity rate payers have already spent tens of billions of dollars — the national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain deep in the desert wilderness of Nevada. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1987 mandated such a site be built to accept waste from across the nation, and Yucca Mountain was approved by Congress in 2002 after having been studied as a possible location since 1978 and scientifically deemed to be a safe repository of this waste for at least 10,000 years.

Dec 8: The politics of nuclear waste disposal - The closure of nuclear power plants — seven at last count — and the role of nuclear power in a low carbon world has received a fair amount of media coverage, including a piece in The Hill. What hasn't, however, is what to do about the nuclear waste stored at these plants and which will continue to be stored at these abandoned facilities for many decades to come. While the topic has become a political hot potato, some in Congress, like Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (R), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recognize its importance and the need to address it in short order.

Dec 3: A green future must also include nuclear- The one conclusion that climate activists and political leaders should reach in Paris is this - we already have reliable, clean power. It's nuclear, and if we're serious about carbon emissions, we must expand it.

November 2015

Nov 22: Nevada officials fighting new report over Yucca impact -Nevada officials dispute the findings of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff's latest impact report for the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

State experts say the project's current design would cause the release of excessive radioactive materials that would contaminate public and tribal groundwater sources.

In comments submitted Friday to meet the NRC's deadline, they said the NRC staff missed the mark when it concluded that there would be "only a negligible increase" in health risk from radioactive particles that might leak into

Nov 22: Nevada says Yucca Mountain dump would threaten farm community - Nevada is telling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission some 1,400 people in a rural Nevada farming community could be threatened if the nation's most radioactive waste is buried in the desert northwest of Las Vegas.

Nov 20: Nevada Says Amargosa Valley Threatened By Yucca Mountain Development - Nevada is telling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission some 1,400 people in a rural Nevada farming community could be threatened if the nation's most radioactive waste is buried in the desert northwest of Las Vegas.

Nov 5: Clinton fundraised with Yucca Mountain contractor - Hillary Clinton's extensive ties to a Nevada nuclear waste project may raise new questions about her softening opposition to it.

Yucca Mountain, a proposed radioactive waste repository roughly 100 miles north of Las Vegas, was a frequent target of both Clinton and then-Sen. Barack Obama as they fought for the Democratic nomination in 2008. Clinton, who once pledged to close the site "forever," attacked Obama for accepting donations from a corporation that had lobbied for Yucca Mountain.

Nov 2: Ralston Reports: Hillary firmly anti-Yucca — for now - During the 2008 battle for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton staged an intense fight for the Nevada delegates.

Both candidates took a stand against Yucca Mountain, declaring it off the table. But Clinton tried to raise questions about the sincerity of Obama's opposition, pointing out he took a fortune ($227,000) from major nuclear plant operator Exelon, whose chairman also headed the Nuclear Energy Institute, the most fervent advocate for Yucca.

Nov 1: Journal Times editorial: Nuclear waste disposal needs a permanent solution - In an era that has been rife with raiding funds that are earmarked for future purposes, it probably shouldn't have come as a shock to see that it's going on in the forlorn nuclear power industry as well.

October 2015

Oct 28: GOP explores way around Obama's nuclear waste decision - Republicans are looking for a side door to open the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, after President Obama scrapped the project in his first term. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., ran an energy subcommittee hearing Wednesday on low-level nuclear waste, but wants the Department of Energy to broaden discussions it is having with Nevada to include opening a storage facility at Yucca for higher-level nuclear fuel waste from power plants.

Oct 28: BUDGET: Democrats united against omnibus riders --Having secured their goal of getting a budget deal addressing the debt ceiling and sequestration cuts, Democrats are looking ahead to the next phase of the appropriations fight: keeping contentious policy riders out of the omnibus spending measure they hope to pass in December.

Oct 27: Dump blasts feed concerns about Yucca Mountain - Yucca Mountain Project opponent Richard Bryan said Tuesday he was "stunned" when he watched a video of small explosions that followed more powerful ones Oct. 18 at a low-level nuclear waste dump near Beatty.

Oct 22: Jeb Bush, campaigning in Nevada, suggests Texas for potential nuclear dump - WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush suggested the dry, open spaces of New Mexico or his native Texas as a possible location for a permanent national nuclear waste dump, reviving a controversy that has percolated for years in the Lone Star State.

Oct 20: DOE team crafting strategy for moving, storing reactor waste -The Obama administration is preparing plans for transporting used reactor fuel to temporary storage sites and creating a federal corporation to oversee the process, according to sources and documents obtained by Greenwire.

Oct 15: Presidential candidates fall short on Western needs - Whether Republican or Democrat, the candidates are always unfailingly polite when it comes to the questions they know they'll eventually have to address from Silver State reporters. And it's been a long time since even the least of the office-seekers drew a complete blank when asked their position on Yucca Mountain.

Oct 12: Federal Control of Nuclear Waste Hamstrings Industry - The nuclear power industry in the United States has been held back by a dysfunctional, federally controlled, centrally planned system of nuclear waste management, say the authors of a new study by The Heritage Foundation.

Oct 12: Think Tank: Market Forces Can Solve Spent Fuel Storage Problem - Solving the problem of spent fuel storage and management for the United States as a whole requires a market-based approach that provides incentive to drive a solution forward, a highly respected, conservative think tank in Washington has said.

Oct 9: Rubio supports storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that Yucca Mountain should be the place to store the nation's high-level nuclear waste in the absence of a better alternative.

Oct 2: Interim Consolidated Storage Act will address nuclear waste concerns - The bill would neither replace Yucca Mountain – which remains our best bet for a permanent nuclear waste storage facility – nor would it take from Yucca Mountain's funding, taking only from the interest that has accrued to the Nuclear Waste Fund," Issa added. "Maintaining the status quo is not an option."

September 2015

Sept 26: American Indians accuse NRC of 'environmental racism' -

Sept 17: Sandoval: Feds lack land, water rights for Yucca Mountain- CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval has told federal authorities that the proposed high-level nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain is unsuitable because the government doesn't have land and water rights it needs in order to proceed with the project.

Sept 17: Paducah lawmaker hopes to end Kentucky's moratorium on building nuclear power plants - he Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant ended its operations two years ago, but a bill proposed by a lawmaker from that city would pave the way for another nuclear facility to be built at the shuttered site.

Sept 15: Regulators Taking Comments in Vegas About Yucca Mountain

Sept 10: NUCLEAR WASTE: DOE takes first steps toward a post-Yucca future - A Department of Energy team has begun crafting strategies for reaching out to communities that might accept and store nuclear waste.

Sept 10: Supervisors want waste out of San Onofre - Two county supervisors are pushing the federal government to move spent nuclear fuel out of storage at San Onofre nuclear plant. But even if they get the Department of Energy to support their wishes, there is still daunting task of finding a place to send the waste.

Sept 10: NUCLEAR WASTE: DOE takes first steps toward a post-Yucca future - A Department of Energy team has begun crafting strategies for reaching out to communities that might accept and store nuclear waste.

Sept 8: Nevada hires state's former Yucca attorney as consultant - he state Board of Examiners on Tuesday hired a former chief deputy attorney general under a $300,000 contract to continue Nevada's efforts to fight the location of a nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain.

Sept 8: Nuclear Firms see Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel as a Money Making Proposition - For years spent nuclear fuel has been pilloried as a "waste" on the assumption that once it has been used, it is done, once and forever. The only thing left to do is to find someplace safe to dispose of it. That "place" was going to be Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Sept 7: People who live closest to Yucca Mountain weigh in on whether to build nuclear waste dump - In her mobile home in the Timbisha Village in Death Valley, Pauline Esteves remembers the mushroom clouds and white light ripping across the eastern sky.

Sept 5: Nuclear storage - Evolution brings clarity: For decades, how to permanently store spent fuel waste from nuclear power plants has been a primary stumbling block. Scientists long have contended the technology exists for safe underground storage, but politicians and certain segments of the public have resisted, keeping long-term projects such as Yucca Mountain in Nevada at bay. That the U.S. Senate minority leader is from Nevada has been a substantial factor.

August 2015

Aug 30: Is Yucca Mountain back on the table? - This month, a long-debated proposal for a controversial nuclear dumping site took a small step forward.

Aug 28: Nuclear waste Faff and fallout - AFTER the baking heat of a Virginia summer, the spent fuel pool at Surry Nuclear Power station, which sits on the James river in the south-east of the state, looks almost worth jumping into. That would be unwise. Some 25 feet below the surface of the clear blue water, the tops of radioactive fuel assemblies glisten. Every 18 months a new load of spent fuel—uranium pellets encased in zirconium—is removed from the power station's two reactors and put into the pool, which absorbs the excess heat and some of the most dangerous (and short-lived) radiation. There it sits for five years, before being moved outside into concrete containers which look like huge washing machines.

Aug 26: Rep. Mark Amodei predicts House will revive Yucca - Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said on Tuesday he fully expects legislation reviving the Yucca Mountain nuclear dump project to be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Aug 23: Yucca Mountain repository hearings announced - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday announced two public meetings in Nevada to discuss the latest environmental report on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain....he report said particles of nuclear waste that might leak into groundwater from a Yucca Mountain repository would have only a small effect on health and safety.

Aug 21: Nuclear regulators slate Maryland, Nevada meetings on Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump - The federal agency reviewing plans for the long-stalled Yucca Mountain national nuclear waste dump in Nevada has set dates and places of public meetings about revisions to an environmental report.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday that it'll hold a Sept. 3 meeting from 3-5 p.m. Eastern time at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

Meetings will be held Sept. 15 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Las Vegas, and Sept. 17 at the Amargosa Community Center in Amargosa Valley, Nevada. Both will be from 7-9 p.m. Pacific time.

On Oct. 15, NRC staff will conduct a public conference call from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time.

NRC officials also plan a public conference call at 11 a.m. next Tuesday, Pacific time, to explain how to submit comments about the environmental report.

Aug 18: Yucca Mountain: Much ado about nothing?- There may be no more contentious issue in the energy industry than the Yucca Mountain repository project. But a new report found that the controversy may be blown out of proportion.

Aug 17: NRC Determines Yucca Mountain's Groundwater Impact 'Small'

Aug 15: Should We Build A Nuclear Repository In The Yucca Mountains?- Officials have proposed a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain which they claim will have only a "small" environmental impact on the local groundwater supply. According to nuclear regulators, the finding came to be on Thursday when a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report draft exposed a year-long environmental study of the stalled nuclear waste site in Nevada. The report was concise but also cautious, plainly stating the potential effects for the project over the one-million-year projected time frame. "Based on conservative assumptions about the potential for health effects from exposure to low doses of radiation, the NRC staff expects that the estimated radiation dose would contribute only a negligible increase in the risk of cancer or severe hereditary effects in the potentially exposed population," the report detailed.

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Aug 15: Regulators issuing draft report on Nevada nuclear dump plan - A key study in a series leading to licensing hearings for the long-stalled Yucca Mountain national nuclear waste dump in Nevada finds what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is calling a small chance that radioactive contamination could get into the environment.

Augu 15: Nuclear regulators to post draft study on proposed national radioactive waste dump in Nevada

Aug 14: State disagrees with Yucca Mountain study - Nevada Appeal

Aug 10: The nuclear waste divide - In 2002, Congress designated Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the site for a deep-geologic repository to hold spent fuel. But President Barack Obama, in a move aimed to please Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, killed the project in 2010, claiming it was "unworkable" — even though more than $10 billion spent on scientific studies and construction of an underground tunnel had determined the site was suitable. The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission had also found that the Department of Energy application to license the Yucca Mountain site met most of the requirements to dispose of spent fuel; the remaining requirements are still achievable now.

Aug 10: (Opinion) Katie Tubb: Let nuclear industry, not bureaucracy, manage spent fuel - America has a growing nuclear waste problem — and it's all the government's fault.

Aug 10: Japan's Yucca Mountain: Nuclear Reboot Raises Questions on Waste Storage - The restart of Sendai 1 is nearly complete, but uncertainty looms over Japan's disposal strategy for fresh nuclear waste.

Aug 5: Bill might give Nevada a seat at the nuke waste negotiating table - Two weeks ago Nevada's Sens. Harry Reid and Dean Heller introduced Senate Bill 1825, which, if passed, will require the Secretary of Energy to obtain the consent of any affected state and local governments before establishing a nuclear waste repository. The senators have dubbed it the Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act.

Aug 3: Industry push on Yucca Mountain troubles allies - WASHINGTON —?? The nuclear industry is adopting a more aggressive stance on Yucca Mountain, a shift that may complicate efforts to reach a compromise on the thorny issue of high-level radioactive waste.

July 2015

July 30: Op-ed: Basin & Range a ruse to stop nuclear waste dump -At the urging of Senator Harry Reid, the Interior Department announced the establishment of the Basin and Range National Monument in southeastern Nevada, purportedly an area "rich in historical, cultural and natural resources" according to two supporters, Virginia Valentine and Ron Hunter ("Op-ed: Basin and Range a new experience for adventurers," July 22). They see the area as providing "a significant boost to Nevada's economy through both domestic and international tourism… a most welcome day trip." Of course, probably neither Valentine nor Hunter has ever traveled to the area, despite their glowing, unrealistic endorsements.

July 24: Attorney appointed to fight Yucca Mountain repository - CARSON CITY — A deputy attorney general who has represented many agencies in state government has been named to lead Nevada's legal fight against locating a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

July 21: Peach Bottom nuclear power plant could run out of spent fuel storage space in 2019 - Nuclear Waste Policy Act When Peach Bottom's two boiling-water reactors went online in 1974, the industry hadn't developed a plan for where to put the high-level radioactive waste. In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, mandating that the Department of Energy establish a place to store the spent fuel. The act set a deadline of 1998 for the project to start moving waste from power plants to storage at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. That date came and went. The Department applied to the NRC to authorize construction in 2008 but canceled the project in 2010 before the NRC completed its review. Throughout the process, plant operators have been stuck with the task of managing ever-increasing stockpiles of used fuel.

July 19: Keep MOX project going forward - Halting construction of a facility to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors would be a major waste of time and money. And it would again signal that the Obama administration is at sea when it comes to dealing with nuclear waste — whether commercial or defense related.

July 17: Nevada's chief attorney on Yucca retiring - Marta Adams, a senior attorney for the state of Nevada and its chief in-house lawyer on Yucca Mountain, has announced her retirement at the end of the month.

Adams, chief deputy attorney general, has represented Nevada in all matters involving the controversial nuclear waste program since 1998. She also has handled a variety of other environmental law issues since shortly after joining the attorney general's office in 1983.

July 17: The Plan for Storing US Nuclear Waste Just Hit a Roadblock - AMERICA'S FAVORITE PROBLEM to ignore—what to do with radioactive waste—just got worse. Since 1987, the grand (and controversial) idea was to put it all in one place, a series of tunnels deep below Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Well, last week America got three new national monuments, including the 704,000 acres of the Basin and Range National Monument. And guess what? The train that was supposed to carry all that nuclear guck to Yucca Mountain runs right through it.

Map of the newly created Basin and Range national monuments

The teal shape on this map is the newly-created Basin and Range National Monument, with the Caliente rail line running through on its way to Yucca Mountain in the rectangle below. DOE/BLM/WIRED


July 10: Deep Sleep - Science Magazine -Scientists are reviving an old and largely discarded idea for disposing of the United States' most radioactive nuclear waste: sticking it down holes drilled 5 kilometers into Earth's crust. The renewed interest in deep boreholes comes as the federal government struggles to find a way to rid itself of more than 83,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel and remnants of nuclear weapons production. The Obama administration has abandoned the previous plan to bury it in a mine in Nevada's Yucca Mountain, amid opposition from Nevada politicians. Now, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are moving ahead with an $80 million dollar, 5-year test of deep boreholes, to see if they are practical and safe. Some advocates suggest boreholes could be a solution for disposing of most high-level waste. But others warn that the technology is untested, or would only work for a small portion of the waste that's small enough to easily fit down a borehole. One prime candidate is highly radioactive cesium and strontium now stored in slender steel canisters at an aging building at the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site in Washington state.

July 8: Opinion - In defense of the atom - Our world is facing the Cerberus of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and a rise in energy demands. This means that we all must face the challenge head-on with technological, socioeconomic and political solutions. Root addresses this in his recent cleverly titled column "How Safe is Safe Enough? Half Lives and Half Measures."

July 5: OPINION - Weinstein: A private solution for storing America's used nuclear fuel - Since 1982, electric utilities (that is, ratepayers) have paid sizeable sums into a Nuclear Waste Fund, an account administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, to cover the costs of permanent disposal of used nuclear fuel. Even after spending $10 billion at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, which is supposed to be the permanent repository for used nuclear fuel, the fund balance is currently in excess of $20 billion.

June 2015

June 28: Privatizing the storage of nuclear plants' used fuel is worth pursuing - Congress is moving to adopt its own rules for used nuclear fuel storage. Ironically, it may be just the thing that rescues the U.S. nuclear waste program from the inertia that has plagued it since the 1980s.

June 22: Options in Nuclear Waste Storage - The day Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not seek re-election when his term is up in 2016, many in the nuclear industry speculated that the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository would now come to fruition. While Sen. Reid was one of several critics of the project, he is seen as the biggest roadblock to moving the project forward.

June 19: Draft House bill would direct millions to fund interim storage facilities - The Republican chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is crafting legislation that could attract hundreds of millions of dollars to a controversial nuclear waste storage company in his central Texas district, according to a draft obtained by E&E Daily.

June 17: New Yucca Mountain plan surfaces in Congress - A proposal that surfaced in Congress this week aims to spur a revival of the Yucca Mountain project, providing necessary land and water rights to build out the site if federal officials find that nuclear waste can be buried safely inside.

June 17: Two steps forward on US nuclear waste storage - Tracing the U.S. government's development path for a long-term used nuclear fuel storage solution looks more like a stumbling stagger than a focused beeline, but with just two steps, the country now has a clear line of sight to meaningful progress.

June 14: Solution to nuclear waste is at hand - If a bill approved by the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee is any guide, the solution to America's nuclear-waste problem may be to turn the storage of used nuclear fuel over to private companies.

June 13: Yucca Mountain best solution to nuclear waste problem - As Congress works to set spending priorities for the federal government, one of the proposals that will be debated is restored funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository – funding that would represent a much-needed path forward on a permanent nuclear waste storage solution.

May 2015

May 3: Governor's letter attempts to close case (again) on Yucca Mountain nuclear storage - In a letter sent to a federal lawmaker, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserts that discussion about Yucca Mountain as a storage site for the nation's high-level nuclear waste is past history.

May 30: Governor's letter attempts to close case (again) on Yucca Mountain nuclear storage - In a letter sent to a federal lawmaker, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval asserts that discussion about Yucca Mountain as a storage site for the nation's high-level nuclear waste is past history. Writing on May 21 to Illinois Rep. John Shimkus, chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Sandoval states, "Because this issue is of such paramount importance to the State of Nevada, there must be now misunderstanding of Nevada's position: we oppose the project based on valid scientific, technical and legal merits."

May 29: Sandoval tells Yucca Mountain supporters 'nothing to negotiate'- Gov. Brian Sandoval says Yucca Mountain supporters in Congress should give it a rest, there's no way Nevada can be persuaded to accept a high-level nuclear waste site.

"There is nothing for Nevada to negotiate," Sandoval told the Illinois congressman leading a charge to revive the project.

May 27: Nevada Democrat takes on Yucca Mountain push- Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) is fighting back against emboldened Republicans pressing to restart operations for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

May 25: Nuclear Waste Hard To Handle For GOP Candidates - In South Carolina, voters want to ship their nuclear waste far away, maybe to a long-dormant federal site in Nevada called Yucca Mountain. Nevadans, on the other hand, mostly want to see it anywhere but in their state.

May 21: Best alternative to coal? Still nuclear - If the Obama administration has declared war on coal, it's done so while unilaterally disarming itself of its most potent weapon — nuclear energy. The science journal PLOS ONE issued a study this week that says if we truly want to phase out coal, we could do so by expanding nuclear power capacity.

May 20: Senate chairman delaying Yucca Mountain fight as long as possible - WASHINGTON — A Senate fight might be brewing over Yucca Mountain, but just not yet. Energy and water subcommittee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Tuesday unveiled a 2016 spending bill for the Department of Energy that contains $70 million for various nuclear waste programs.

May 20: Heller vetting GOP presidential contenders' views on waste repository - Nevada's powerful Republican senator is keeping close tabs on where presidential candidates weigh in on the contentious Yucca Mountain repository in the Silver State.

May 19: Yucca Mountain left out of Senate funding bill - Senate appropriators have introduced a $35 billion energy and water spending bill that would not fund a nuclear waste depository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

May 19: Next Yucca Mountain Debate Will Wait for the Floor - The Senate's next big battle over funding for nuclear waste storage in Nevada will wait for the floor.

The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water has decided against including money for Yucca Mountain in his bill, putting off the debate until the bill is approved by the committee and is subject to an open amendment process on the floor.

May 19: Yucca Mountain: Despite talk of revival, obstacles remain - WASHINGTON – Depending on the headline you choose, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage project in Nevada has either been "revived," or it is "coming off the mat" or it's "back on the agenda."

May 13 - Gov. Nikki Haley's office said South Carolina will not join other states in voluntarily opening its doors to house the nation's spent nuclear fuel, stating that a recently announced federal search for interim storage sites "masks repeated failures to meet commitments."

May 11: Obama Administration threatens veto on nuclear funding bill - A $35.4 billion energy and water spending bill approved earlier this month by the United States House of Representatives would give $936 million to nuclear energy programs in fiscal year 2016 -- which begins on Oct. 1.

The nuclear portion of the bill would provide $175 million for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to continue Yucca Mountain licensing, among other things. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said they are happy with the decision.

May 11: Yucca project could bring economic incentives to Nevada - Proponents of building a nuclear waste disposal site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain are hoping that offering certain incentives to the state could convince its leaders to support the project.

While there are few specifics, lawmakers in Congress say that they're willing to discuss with Nevadans whether new infrastructure, schools, water rights or money could bring Yucca closer to being the country's first permanent repository for nuclear waste.

May 9: Does nuclear power have a future in Maine?Maine Yankee produced power for 25 years and never had a meltdown. There is a logical difference between perceived complaints and reality. Most complaints are frivolous, seldom based on fact, and usually come from unqualified people, and they have hindered nuclear power for years.

April 2015

April 30: Nevadans take swings at Yucca funding, come up empty: Nevada lawmakers took two swings to try to knock out new funding for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain and came up empty.

April 28: Funding Mechanism Uncertain for $15 Billion Proposed in Quadrennial Review, Moniz Says - The Obama administration still needs to work with Congress on how to fund the majority of the more than $15 billion in new spending programs and tax credits proposed in the White House's Quadrennial Energy Review released last week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said April 27.

April 27: DOE nuclear waste disposal proposal met with skepticism: The United States has an opportunity to start disposing of defense nuclear waste, including Hanford waste, sooner and at less cost by abandoning a one-size-fits-all approach, a federal energy official said Monday night.

April 23: NEI Applauds House Appropriation Committee Commitment To Nuclear Energy - Nuclear Energy Institute senior vice president for governmental affairs Alex Flint said he was pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee had proposed a bump of 2.5 percent to nuclear energy programs for fiscal 2016 from the current budget year.

April 23: $936mn budgeted for nuclear energy, includes $175mn for Yucca Mtn. - Nuclear energy programs would receive $936 million in fiscal year 2016 under an energy and water spending bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee.

April 20: Santorum says delay in Iowa results hurt him in SC - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum believes he might have won South Carolina's presidential preference primary in 2012 if voters had known right away about his victory in the Iowa caucuses 18 days earlier.

April 17: A plan to deal with nuclear waste - THE NATION'S nuclear waste strategy is — well, actually, the nation doesn't have much of a nuclear waste strategy. Nearly 30 years ago, Congress deemed Yucca Mountain, Nev., to be the site of a permanent geological depository for the thousands of tons of spent fuel and other radioactive wastes produced in nuclear power stations and other industrial facilities. Since then, intense politicking has undercut that plan, still at best many years away from realization. Meantime, the waste keeps piling up, stored next to operating and decommissioned nuclear power plants.

April 16: THE JAUNDICED EYE: So long, Harry Reid - They say if you can't say something good about someone, don't say anything at all. OK, Harry Reid is leaving the Senate. Good.

April 13: LETTERS: Hardy's Yucca commentary refreshing - Regarding the op-ed by Rep. Cresent Hardy, how surprising and refreshing to read comments by a politician that are reasoned, thoughtful and not simply pandering to his base ("Could Nevadans ever allow nuclear dump?" March 22 Review-Journal). Very important, and not mentioned by naysayers in subsequent articles, is Rep. Hardy's mandate that "safety standards are overwhelmingly met" at Yucca Mountain. What could be more plain than that?

April 13: Idaho National Lab defends nuclear shipments - Idaho National Laboratory representatives defended a proposed shipment of 200 pounds of spent nuclear fuel to Idaho during a Hailey City Council meeting Monday, saying research conducted with the materials could improve the safety of long-term nuclear waste storage at INL and lead to recycling of partly spent nuclear fuel.

April 10: Newhouse optimistic about Yucca Mountain - Rep. Dan Newhouse stood at the top of Yucca Mountain. As the wind whipped his hair, he took in the view in every direction.

April 10 - Congress group tours Yucca Mountain nuke dump site in Nevada - Six members of Congress toured a dusty tunnel and stood atop Yucca Mountain on Thursday during a trip led by a colleague who said the non-descript rocky ridge in the wind-swept desert outside Las Vegas would be a good place to entomb highly radioactive waste piling up at reactors around the country.

April 8: Tom Kacich: Shimkus off to lead 'nuclear dump' tour - U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is taking a trip to Las Vegas this week, but his ultimate destination is nothing nearly as fun.

April 7: The Radioactive Fruits of Reid's Denial of Yucca Mountain - Because Yucca Mountain is in Nevada Senator Harry Reid's stomping grounds, the project has only produced needless government spending and less security. For years, the project has been shuttered because the Reid and Obama played politics with nuclear waste. As a result, nuclear power companies sued the government because that location was where they were going to dispose their spent fissile material. So the U.S. paid out billions of dollars in legal fees. The Wall Street Journal writes, "Credit for this huge legal bill goes to Mr. Reid, who installed a handpicked aide, Gregory Jaczko, as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2009. Mr. Jaczko proceeded to do everything in his power to block the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. As a result the feds have been in breach of agreements to accept spent nuclear fuel, and the lawsuits from utilities have rolled in." WSJ continues and says the government has spent about $50 billion on Reid and Obama's decision. And by storing nuclear waste around the country, the Obama administration's policies are endangering non-proliferation. In order to prevent someone from getting their hands on fissile material, you put all your eggs in one basket, and you watch that basket.

April 7: Journal Times editorial: Reid's departure provides opening on nuclear waste - One of the bright spots in Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's announced plans to retire is new hope that the nation may finally get movement on a permanent disposal site for high-level nuclear waste.

April 6: Nevada rep turned down in bid to join Yucca tour - A Nevada bid to send a representative when members of Congress visit Yucca Mountain this week was turned down Monday by organizers who said there was no room on the tour of the nuclear waste site. The executive director of the state Agency for Nuclear Projects offered to have Steve Frishman, a geology consultant, accompany the half-dozen lawmakers scheduled to examine the site 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas on Thursday. In a letter Monday, trip leader Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., told agency director Robert Halstead there was no room on the tour being arranged through the Department of Energy. "I am grateful for your generous offer of Mr. Frishman's time; however DOE's current itinerary for the tour is fully subscribed," Shimkus wrote. Shimkus, whose state is a leading producer of electricity from nuclear energy, has said the Yucca Mountain tour was aimed at showcasing the site for a possible revival after it was shuttered by the Obama administration in 2010.

April 6: So long, Harry - The person most responsible for keeping 72,000 tons of highly radioactive waste spread across the United States instead of deep below the Nevada desert is retiring from Congress.

April 6: Harry Reid's Nuclear Taxpayer Waste - We've been telling you about Harry Reid's bargain with President Obama to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada in return for all but shutting down the Senate. It turns out the deal is even more expensive than that.

April 1: High Crimes: Harry Reid And Barack Obama's "Yucca Conspiracy"- This website has written on several occasions of the "Yucca Conspiracy," a corrupt – and illegal – bargain between U.S. president Barack Obama and former Democratic leader Harry Reid.

Need some background? The federal government has collected more than $10 billion – including more than $1.2 billion taken from Palmetto state residents – to build a nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The facility was supposed to open in 2017 (and serve as a final destination for nuclear waste from the Savannah River Site), but Reid and Obama have conspired for years to keep it shuttered – even as they collected hundreds of millions of dollars a year from utilities and their rate-payers.

March 2015

March 31: With Reid gone, let Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository proceed: Editorial - With Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid soon to be out of Congress, America may finally be able to find a solution on how to deal with its growing inventory of spent fuel at our nation's nuclear power plants.

March 30: Reid's departure is good for Earth - This is great news for the environment. Sen. Harry Reid won't run for re-election. That means the biggest obstacle to a truly "green" energy future will be gone.

March 30: Odds for Completing Yucca Mountain Seen Increasing With Reid's Upcoming Retirement - The planned retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) increases the odds for completion of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository the lawmaker has spent his career opposing, analysts told Bloomberg BNA March 27.

March 30: Transportation concerns held in wake of new Yucca talk - After 28 years, Nevada's battle against the federal government's still-smoldering plans to bury the nation's highly radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain has finally come "down to the brass tacks," with the prospect for formal licensing hearings on the horizon and renewed debate on scientific issues.

March 30: Reid's departure renews talk of nuclear waste site in Nevada - The departure of Harry Reid after 2016 may boost chances to revive the moribund Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, a project the Senate minority leader has spent his career opposing.

March 29: The Reid-Obama Bargain - Harry Reid's announcement that he won't seek re-election in 2016 has led to an outpouring of liberal praise for the Nevada Senator, but it isn't clear why. The Senate Minority Leader has arguably done more than anyone other than President Obama to set up the Republican Party to run the government in 2017.

March 29: Our view: Reid's retirement – bad news for Nevada - It doesn't matter if you love or hate Democratic Sen. Harry Reid to agree that the announcement of his retirement just dramatically reduced our state's political power in Washington D.C.

March 28: Yucca Site Seen Gaining in Opponent Reid's 2016 Senate Departure - The departure of Harry Reid after 2016 may boost chances to revive the moribund Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, a project the Senate minority leader has spent his career opposing.

March 28: Nevada after Sen. Harry Reid: Will Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval run?- In a relatively small state, Harry Reid loomed terrifically large, so his decision to exit the U.S. Senate after 2016 opens a massive void that left members of both parties scrambling.

March 27: Congressman wants to take another look at nuclear waste storage - Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-4) of Mesquite made a big splash in the news with his opinion article that ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday stating officials from the state should have an "honest conversation" about the storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

March 27: Senator: DOE appears to be pulling plug on some Hanford cleanup - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asked the energy secretary Wednesday why the Department of Energy is not using an additional $45 million she and other members of Congress fought to get for Hanford cleanup in the present budget.

March 26: Yucca Mountain debate rekindled - Washington is suddenly awash again in talk about the sticky problem of nuclear waste disposal, and what to do about the Yucca Mountain site.

March 26: Radioactive politics: Inside the renewed push to site nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain - When Republicans took control of the Senate last November, nuclear energy supporters were hopeful the new leadership would quickly address some longstanding issues for their industry. Now it appears they are getting their wish.

March 26: Senators, Energy Department Float Nuclear Waste Proposals - Four Senators from both sides of the aisle promoted legislation Tuesday calling for the construction of interim disposal sites for nuclear waste, a potential alternative to decades of deadlock over a permanent facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

March 26: Sen. Murray: DOE appears to be pulling plug on some Hanford cleanup - Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asked the energy secretary Wednesday why the Department of Energy is not using an additional $45 million she and other members of Congress fought to get for Hanford cleanup in the present budget.

March 25: USA explores waste options alongside Yucca- A new Department of Energy (DOE) initiative on radioactive waste disposal could "finally bring some progress the nation's long-neglected nuclear waste management policy," said Marv Fertel, the head of US trade body the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

March 17: Bush declined to take a position on the long-delayed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

March 17: Yucca Mountain tour set for April - Leaders of a House subcommittee have set an April 9 tour of Yucca Mountain, part of a campaign to draw new attention to the mothballed Nevada nuclear waste site.

March 15: NRC comes up with $2 million or Yucca groundwater study - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is planning two public hearings in Nevada this fall as it freshens up an environmental study of groundwater at Yucca Mountain.

March 13: Yucca Mountain Declared Safe for Nuclear Waste Storage - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined it would be safe to operate a nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The NRC completed the last two volumes of its five-volume safety evaluation in January.

March 11: NRC to study groundwater issues at controversial Yucca Mountain site - One of the most studied pieces of land in the world is about to get studied again, with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) planning to prepare a supplement to U.S. Department of Energy environmental reviews for the Yucca Mountain permanent nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

March 10: Time to end the Yucca Mountain stalemate - Mainly because of Reid's vehement opposition, no funds have been earmarked for Yucca Mountain since Obama pulled the plug on the project in 2011. As a result, the government still has no central storage site for more than 70,000 metric tons of nuclear waste left over from the production of electricity and the nation's weapons program. The waste is stored at 121 sites around the country.

March 10: New bill revives Nevada veto over nuke waste at Yucca Mountain - A bill introduced Tuesday by four Nevada lawmakers would give the state new veto power over storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.

March 4: GOP chairman pushes nuke regulators on Yucca waste site - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is criticizing nuclear power regulators for not asking for money to review the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada.

March 2: Defense agency visited Yucca, says no intention to use site - Officials from a Pentagon agency toured the Yucca Mountain's tunnels last month but do not intend to work at the Nevada site, a spokesman said Monday.

March 2: Lawmakers Allege Fed Agencies Planning Other Uses for Yucca Mountain - Three Republicans, including the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, say they are concerned that federal agencies are making plans to use the Yucca Mountain site for something other than a nuclear waste repository.

Feburary 2015

Feb 27: Illinois Congressman Plans To Visit Yucca Mtn. In Effort To Revive Project - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found the design of Yucca Mountain meets federal standards to be a nuclear waste disposal site.

Feb 26: YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE, Pentagon considering new uses for Nev. site -- lawmakers - House Republicans say two federal agencies are planning to use the remote Yucca Mountain site in southern Nevada for activities other than its congressionally authorized use as a repository for spent fuel from nuclear reactors.

Feb 17: NRC will complete Yucca Mountain environmental review - The chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said during a conference that the commission would complete the environmental review of a spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada.

Feb 13: Reid spokeswoman tells Ill. lawmaker don't bother trying to revive Yucca - An Illinois congressman says he is planning to revisit Yucca Mountain this year as part of an effort to revive the Nevada site for nuclear waste disposal.

Feb 12: Reid spokeswoman tells Ill. lawmaker don't bother trying to revive Yucca - An Illinois congressman says he is planning to revisit Yucca Mountain this year as part of an effort to revive the Nevada site for nuclear waste disposal.

Feb 9: Texas company rolls out plan for private spent-fuel storage site - A Dallas-based company has unveiled plans to build the nation's first private, temporary storage site for spent reactor fuel in the arid western corner of Texas with hopes that the Department of Energy will be its No. 1 customer.

Feb 9: West Texas Facility Promising Project for Interim Storage of Used Nuclear Fuel - The Nuclear Energy Institute today welcomed Waste Control Specialists' plan to site an interim consolidated storage facility for used nuclear power plant fuel in west Texas as "a promising project" that shows the challenges of managing used nuclear fuel at a national level are surmountable.

Feb 9: Dallas company has ambitious plan to store high-level nuclear waste in West Texas - The idea of burying America's most highly radioactive nuclear waste deep under Yucca Mountain in Nevada has put politicians, activists and the nuclear energy industry at odds since 1987.

Feb 8: Back to Yucca Mountain - The country's nuclear power plants have produced massive amounts of reliable electricity for decades while emitting negligible amounts of carbon dioxide. The big drawback is the more than 70,000 tons of radioactive spent fuel U.S. nuclear facilities have piled up — with 2,000 more tons added to the total every year. A report the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released in late January underscores that this problem is solvable — if only Congress and the White House would stick to a plan.

Feb 6: New Senate chairman vows push on nuke waste, Yucca - The new chairman of a Senate energy panel on Thursday announced he plans to focus on nuclear energy this year, including a bid to end an impasse on nuclear waste created when the Yucca Mountain repository was terminated.

Feb 5: GOP senator pushes for more nuclear power, Yucca waste site - Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said on February 5, 2015 that he'll use the Energy Appropriations panel to encourage new nuclear power plants and construction of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, among other nuclear priorities.

Feb 4: DeMacedo Asks For Action on Spent Fuel Storage at Pilgrim - PLYMOUTH - State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R – Plymouth and Barnstable) wrote to the Commonwealth's Attorney General Tuesday requesting a meeting to discuss the federal government's failure to implement the requirements of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and the immediate issues and on-going risks that the federal government's failure presents for the communities near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Feb 3: Getting Over Yucca - The Energy Department intends to move forward with finding community support for alternatives to the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project.

Feb 2: President Obama Sends Record $4 Trillion Spending Plan to Congress - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that would boost taxes on higher-income Americans and corporation. It would use the money to get rid of tight budget spending caps, fund an ambitious public works program and provide middle-class tax relief.

January 2015

Jan 30: Heller, Reid comment on NRC's review of Yucca Mountain - Newly published nuclear regulatory commission staff findings appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open a national nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert, if decision-makers want to go forward.

Jan 30: Lawmakers want no part of adopting rules to open Yucca Mountain nuclear dump - Newly published Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff findings appear to provide wiggle room for adopting rules to open a national nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert, if decision-makers want to go forward.

Jan 29: NRC Completes Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report - More than six and a half years after the Department of Energy (DOE) submitted its license application seeking authorization to build a geologic repository, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff published the final two volumes of the safety evaluation report (SER) on the Yucca Mountain site. In the end, the staff's recommendation is that the commission should not authorize construction of the repository because the DOE has not met certain land and water rights requirements, and because a supplement to the DOE's environmental impact statement has not yet been completed.

Jan 29: Nuclear regulators say Yucca disposal site would be safe - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) staff gave a positive safety evaluation of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site Thursday, but said it is still not ready for construction.

NRC staffers released the final two parts of their five-part safety review Thursday, finding that Yucca would meet safety requirements during the time it is in operation and before its permanent closure.

"The safety evaluation report includes the staff's recommendation that the commission should not authorize construction of the repository because [Energy Department] has not met certain land and water rights requirements," the NRC said in a statement

Jan 26: Time for US to live up to its nuclear potential - Reliable, affordable energy is the foundation of our nation's economy. America is blessed with abundant natural resources. Our energy history is full of new technologies displacing old ones. Coal led the industrial revolution in the United States. Thomas Edison's electric lightbulb displaced candles and kerosene lamps. Following World War II, nuclear science catapulted America to superpower status.

Jan 26: Experts discuss nuclear waste impasse - America's impasse over the storage of highly radioactive waste will take center stage at a panel discussion and public forum Tuesday night in San Juan Capistrano.

Jan 25: How GOP control in D.C. affects us in Nevada - A new Congress means another attempt to store the nation's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., says he will introduce a bill to get the ball rolling on creating a nuclear repository at Yucca, about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. What's different this time is that Republicans control Congress.

Jan 15: Bill seeks to put Yucca Mountain back on the agenda - WASHINGTON – A bill being prepared in Congress seeks to put Yucca Mountain back on the table as lawmakers try to break a gridlock over managing and disposing the nation's nuclear waste. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., said Tuesday legislation he is writing could be ready for House floor votes by the summer. He said details still were being formed. Nuclear industry officials familiar with the effort say it could include financial incentives for Nevada to drop its long-held opposition to the once-proposed repository, provisions to complete a site license review and to obtain land needed to advance the project.

Jan 15: House GOP wants to revive Yucca nuke dump - The top House Republican overseeing environmental policy plans to focus this year on funding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump.

Yucca was one of three priorities identified by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) Wednesday, along with possible changes to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) coal ash disposal rule and the law governing toxic chemicals.

Jan 7: Nuclear waste storage issues can be addressed - When the Tennessee Valley Authority suspended construction of the Watts Bar 2 nuclear plant in 1985, the nuclear industry worried it might have a contagious effect on the policies of other electric utilities. In 2008, however, Southern Co. and South Carolina Electric & Gas each announced plans to build two new nuclear power plants, and other utilities have applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for construction and operating licenses to add new reactors.

Jan 2: Pilgrim nuclear plant expands waste storage to concrete casks - Massachusetts's only nuclear power plant said Friday that it would begin packing its spent fuel in super-tough concrete-and-steel containers.

Previously, all of the nuclear reactor fuel rods from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth were submerged in a deep pool of water, which is running out of space. The new containers, called casks, are designed to hold the nuclear reactor's radioactive materials until the federal government selects a disposal site for nuclear waste.

Jan 1: Maine and Vermont's Yankee connection: Nuclear shutdown, natural gas, dry casks - After a 42-year run, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor stopped sending electricity into the region's grid on Monday.

The reactor's shutdown has implications for Maine's electric ratepayers since it accelerates New England's growing dependence on a single source — natural gas — for electricity, a phenomenon that has meant higher electricity prices this winter. And as attention shifts to the long decommissioning process that lies ahead at the reactor site in Vernon, Vermont, the shutdown also highlights the failure of the federal government to follow through with a permanent solution for storage of nuclear waste.

News - 2014

December 2014

Dec 30: EPA Expected to Issue Million-Year-Long Regulation - In the coming weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to issue a regulation that will extend 1 million years into the future.

The timescale of the regulation, which deals with the disposal of power plant nuclear waste, is unprecedented territory for the EPA.

Dec 29: How Politics Undermines U.S. Nuclear-Waste Policy - Currently, used fuel is safely stored on-site at nuclear energy facilities around the country. The fuel is most often stored in dry cask—for every 10 tons of used fuel, facilities use 100 tons of concrete and steel to form a structure designed to protect the fuel. These structures are in fact so safe that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently concluded that they can be used to safely and securely store used fuel for anywhere from 60 years, 100 years, to even longer until a permanent repository is ready. But even though the current storage system for used fuel is safe, it was never intended to be the permanent solution.

Dec 22: Federal Briefs - Uh-oh: Government Doesn't Have Water Rights at Yucca Mountain Site Yucca Mountain. Attempts to restart the Yucca Mountain Underground Nuclear Waste Repository have hit another snag: the government does not have the necessary water rights to operate at the Nevada site. A staff report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that despite decades of study and construction, the Department of Energy allowed land-use agreements for the site to expire and would need an act of Congress to renew them. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., a leading opponent of Yucca Mountain, said the report underscored major weaknesses in the project. "This is just one reason why the Yucca Mountain project will never be built," he said in a statement.

Dec 18: Reid: Yucca Mountain Project Will Never Be Built

Dec 18: NRC Publishes Volume 4 of Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has published Volume 4 of its safety evaluation report on the proposed underground geologic nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Volume 4 covers administrative and programmatic requirements for the repository. It documents the staff's evaluation of whether the Department of Energy's research and development and performance confirmation programs, as well as other administrative controls and systems, meet applicable NRC requirements. It contains the staff's finding that most administrative and programmatic requirements in NRC regulations are met, except for certain requirements relating to ownership of land and water rights. Specifically, DOE has not acquired ownership or jurisdiction over the land where the geologic repository operations area would be located, and the land is not free of significant encumbrances such as mining rights, deeds, rights-of-way or other legal rights. DOE also has not acquired water rights it determined are needed to accomplish the purpose of the geologic repository operations area.

Dec 16: Heller Pledges Yucca Mountain Will Stay Dead Despite Leaving Energy Committee -

Dec 10: No New Yucca Funds in Spending Bill - Congressional appropriators on Tuesday introduced a sweeping fiscal 2015 spending bill (HR 83) that includes $34.2 billion for energy and water programs but it would dole out no additional funds for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

Dec 9: Editorial: Window is opening for Yucca Mountain - The time might be right for South Carolina's congressional delegation to once again help push to revive the much-needed Yucca Mountain underground nuclear waste repository.

Dec 9: GOP Should Revive Yucca Mountain And Nuclear Energy - Nuclear Waste: While Keystone XL remains a focus, the long-stalled repository for spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nev., deemed safe in a recent report, is also good for the environment and for our energy future.

Dec 7: Heller hits nerve on energy nomination - U.S. Sen. Dean Heller hit a nerve last week when the Senate voted on an Energy Department nominee with ties to Yucca Mountain.

Dec 7: Richland man's book recalls successfully suing Obama - Bob Ferguson of Richland showed it was possible for private citizens to take on the president of the United States and win. The lawsuit was the first time a citizen had prevailed in court against a U.S. president since Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994, Ferguson writes in his latest book, Nuclear Waste in Your Backyard: Who's to Blame and How to Fix it.

Dec 6: Mishaps at nuke repository lead to $54M in fines - New Mexico on Saturday levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

Dec 1: Column: The rocky road of Yucca - The upcoming transfer of power in the U.S. Senate improves prospects for the eventual opening of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nye County, Nevada. Project advocates, however, shouldn't pop the champagne corks yet. The road ahead remains rocky.

November 2014

Nov 25: Column: The rocky road of Yucca - The upcoming transfer of power in the U.S. Senate improves prospects for the eventual opening of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nye County, Nevada. Project advocates, however, shouldn't pop the champagne corks yet. The road ahead remains rocky.

Nov 25: How Politics Undermines U.S. Nuclear-Waste Policy - Currently, used fuel is safely stored on-site at nuclear energy facilities around the country. The fuel is most often stored in dry cask—for every 10 tons of used fuel, facilities use 100 tons of concrete and steel to form a structure designed to protect the fuel. These structures are in fact so safe that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently concluded that they can be used to safely and securely store used fuel for anywhere from 60 years, 100 years, to even longer until a permanent repository is ready. But even though the current storage system for used fuel is safe, it was never intended to be the permanent solution.

Nov 25: The Absurd Gridlock Over Spent Fuel - The most difficult challenge to American civilian nuclear energy is spent fuel.

"Nuclear waste" is small in volume and relatively easy to transport safely. However, the waste remains radioactive for a long period of time. Because of this, spent nuclear fuel management is also politically "radioactive." The U.S. needs to decide whether to reprocess the spent fuel or safely and permanently store it.

So far, we have done neither.

Nov 24: IAPMO highlights government action for the end of November - New life for Yucca Mountain

With potential changes in the Senate, Yucca Mountain could have a future. The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was to be a deep geological repository storage facility for spent nuclear reactor fuel and other high level radioactive waste. It was to be located on federal land adjacent to the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada, about 80 mi (130 km) northwest of the Las Vegas Valley. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) is keeping the door open for Yucca Mountain to play a role for nuclear waste. She is quoted this week as saying, "I definitely want to get rid of our nuclear waste and either that as an option or, we've been pushing lately [to] separate the military from commercial waste."

Cantwell's fellow Washington Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray, is pressing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to "thoroughly" consider the stalled licensing application for Yucca Mountain. Sen. Cantwell's support is not too surprising given that her home state houses vast quantities of radioactive waste in its Hanford facility. But, it is certainly noteworthy as many expect her to assume the top Democratic spot on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee if Sen. Landrieu loses in next month's runoff.

Nov 22: View: No Yucca Mountain, and more Indian Point concerns - Indian Point nuclear complex in Buchanan is safe, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says. But with no long-term spent fuel storage on the horizon, safety mandates a closure of the facility's reactors that are amid relicensing.

Nov 20: Nevada report alleges bias in Yucca Mountain evaluation - Halstead noted that Yucca Mountain licensing proceedings are coming, and a shift to Republican control of Congress following elections earlier this month could boost calls to resume funding the project.

Nov 19: YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Murray breaks silence, urges NRC to review repository - Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington is calling for the completion of a stalled review of the abandoned Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear waste project in what some industry sources say shows the waning power of the project's fiercest foe, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Nov 17: Report: Yucca Mountain Project still alive - A Nevada commission approved a report Monday alerting state lawmakers that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project is not dead yet and they should press on with their opposition. Otherwise the ridge 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas could be put back on track by the GOP-controlled Congress.

In the report's preface, state Nuclear Projects Commission Chairman Richard Bryan described a cozy relationship between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Energy Department that he blames on singling out Yucca Mountain as the only site to be considered. "Nevada certainly cannot rely on the NRC or the NRC's staff to impartially and objectively evaluate DOE's license application and its wildly optimistic conclusions regarding the site's suitability and safety," Bryan wrote.

In public comments at Monday's meeting, Darrell Lacy, director of Nye County's Nuclear Waste Repository Office, said, "There is a another viewpoint here and Nye County has sometimes been attacked on this. However, we have tried to be open-minded." Lacy vouched for the integrity of the NRC staff, saying its members have some of the "brightest minds in this country. They are very well-respected, independent and unbiased."

The Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository in Nevada could open after all. (Courtesy: US Department of Energy)

Nov 17: Review breathes life into Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste site - A review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of the long-term safety of the Yucca Mountain repository for nuclear waste in Nevada has improved the chances that it may go ahead, despite the project being mothballed by the Obama administration back in 2010. The NRC's "safety evaluation report" concludes that the repository, if built, would "meet the applicable [NRC] performance objectives" for environmental impact once it is permanently closed. However, that report does not actually state whether the NRC should give the green light to the repository being built.

Nov 16: Nuclear waste solution: Yucca revived - In late October, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced without fanfare that Yucca Mountain meets the commission's standards for safe storage of nuclear waste. That significant finding took on new, momentous meaning on Election Day, when the Republican party gained control of the Senate, effective in January. The pending departure of Nevada's Harry Reid as Senate majority leader will remove the central stumbling block to putting the national program for high-level nuclear waste back on a rational track.

Nov 15: 'Clearly lacks the experience': Vitter calls for full hearing on Obama NRC nominee - Sen. David Vitter doesn't want Sen. Harry Reid to stack the Nuclear Regulatory Commission against using Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a waste repository.

The Louisiana Republican, who is the ranking member of his party on the Senate Environment and Public Works Panel, which oversees the nation's nuclear facilities, opposes President Obama's nomination of Jeff Baran to fill a full term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Nov 13: Nuclear option - While there is no such thing as the perfect site for storing nuclear waste, Yucca Mountain is as close as science can come.

Nov 12: Opinion - Letters: Midterms might clear path for nuclear waste disposal - DANA POINT, Richard Warnock, health physicist, retired: In "City to feds: Get nuclear waste out of San Onofre" [Local, Nov. 8], Fred Swegles writes about San Clemente citizens and their concerns for spent nuclear fuel stored at San Onofre for an indefinite period. A little bit of history is worth reviewing so that the real blame for this situation can be laid at the feet of the primary culprit: Nevada's Senator Harry Reid.

The U.S. National Academy of Science recommended in 1957 that high level radioactive waste, such as used reactor fuel, should be stored in a stable geological formation. Yucca Mountain in Nevada meets all the criteria. Congress directed the Department of Energy to develop the site and begin moving used nuclear fuel into the site by January 1998. Senator Reid objected.

Yucca Mountain was approved in 2002 by Congress and President Bush. Senator Reid's continuing resistance and President Obama's promise to stop Yucca Mountain halted the work.

A result of the Yucca Mountain debacle is that most power reactor sites have now constructed above-ground dry cask storage facilities for used reactor fuel. This is a safe, but costly, avoidable and temporary solution.

The November 2014 election has changed the political climate by removing Harry Reid from a position of near absolute power. Yucca Mountain can now possibly be resuscitated and provide the high level nuclear waste storage it was directed to provide back in 1998.

Nov 11: What Nevada's newest congressman has to say on Yucca Mountain, immigration and why he won - Hardy is the first member of Nevada's congressional delegation in decades to publicly say he would support a proposal to store the nation's nuclear waste inside Yucca Mountain, about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. "If everything is safe, if the science says its safe for transportation, safe for storage, safe for all of the above, then I'm a supporter of it," he said. That position puts him at odds with members of his own party, such as Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who opposes the project under any circumstance. It also sets him up for a fight with the delegation's most powerful member, Sen. Harry Reid, who has almost single-handedly stopped the project in the Senate.

Nov 7: Democrats' Senate losses inspire renewed Yucca Mountain advocacy - When the widely read opinion writer George F. Will published a postelection column prescribing next steps for the victorious Republican Party, he joined others in calling for renewed action on the long-envisioned nuclear waste repository in Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Will charged that the "signature achievement" of Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid's "waning career has been blocking this project, on which approximately $15 billion has been spent." He continued: "So, rather than nuclear waste being safely stored in the mountain's 40 miles of tunnels 1,000 feet underground atop 1,000 feet of rock, more than 160 million Americans live within 75 miles of one or more of the 121 locations where 70,000 tons of waste are stored."

Nov 7: GOP takeover means new push on Yucca, nuke waste - The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's elections is giving new hope to those who see reviving the mothballed Yucca Mountain site as a solution to the nation's nuclear waste problem.

Nov 5: Without Reid, Yucca Mountain Looms - One of the biggest forces opposing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository just lost his power.

Nov 5: New life for nuclear repository - It would be a stunning change for the better: Just four years after President Obama halted the Yucca Mountain project in Nevada, a Republican-controlled Congress could appropriate funds next year for completion of the waste repository.

Nov 1: Editorial - Boston Globe: Congress should resume funding of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site - USING YUCCA Mountain in Nevada as a central repository for the byproducts of nuclear power generation in the United States is not a perfect solution to a complex problem, but it's far better than the status quo. A recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission report found that Yucca Mountain meets government requirements for the safe storage of nuclear waste. That conclusion should end the decades-long debate on the suitability of the site, but it almost certainly won't stop political opposition to the project. Congress should lay politics aside and move forward anyway.

October 2014

Oct 28: Head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission resigns - Geologist Allison M. Macfarlane, chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, announced earlier this week that she plans to step down at the end of the year. Her new position will be as director of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University.

Oct 26: The Other Senate Nuclear Option - Much is at stake as Americans vote on Nov. 4. While different races have different issues, the nuclear-energy world is watching to see which party will control the Senate. If Majority Leader Harry Reid becomes minority leader, he would likely no longer be able to sustain opposition to Yucca Mountain, the Energy Department's chosen nuclear repository.

Oct 25: Ruling on nuclear waste throws storage scenarios into dangerous doubt - The headlines that trumpet a cacophony of changing events both at home and abroad have left little room for in-depth analysis of a less spectacular, but perhaps just as important, issue.

Oct 20: NRC Staff Report Reignites Yucca Mountain Debate - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, were among the Republicans calling for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to continue its licensing review of the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain project after NRC's staff published Vol. 3 of its safety evaluation report on Oct. 16. Yucca Mountain is a huge underground repository built to store nuclear waste from U.S. commercial nuclear power plants. The Obama administration halted the project in 2010, with DOE moving to withdraw its application and Congress stopping appropriations for the NRC's review. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., adamantly opposes it.

Oct 17: NRC OKs Yucca Mountain Repository Plan After ClosureThe Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday that the Department of Energy's design for a nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain met its safety standards for the time period beginning when it is permanently closed.

Oct 16: Report: Yucca Mountain design would safely contain radioactive waste - The proposed Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository would safely contain radioactive waste and used fuel long into the future, according to a long-awaited Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety report released Thursday. Read more here:

Oct 16: NRC report says Yucca Mountain's permanent closure plans would meet safety objectives - RENO, Nev. — Federal nuclear regulators say permanent closure plans for Yucca Mountain met all the necessary objectives in safety evaluations completed before the Obama administration pulled the plug on the Nevada waste dump.

Oct 15: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** NRC Staff to Release Volume 3 of Yucca Mountain Safety Report The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will issue the Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report, Volume 3: Repository Safety After Permanent Closure at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. The report will be posted on the NRC website around or shortly after that time. A press release will be issued with a link to the document. Volume 3 documents the results of the NRC staff's evaluation to determine whether the proposed repository design complies with the performance objectives and requirements that apply after the repository is permanently closed. link to report Safety Evaluation Report Related to Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Wastes in a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Oct 13: Column: Finding a permanent nuclear storage center - The headlines that trumpet a cacophony of changing events both at home and abroad have left little room for in-depth analysis of a less spectacular, but perhaps just as important, an issue.....the rule is ""if you don't have a place to put the used fuel, then you can't make any more."

In a meeting that took only a few minutes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission passed a ruling regarding continued used nuclear fuel storage.

Without getting into all of the history, court challenges, and past waste confidence policy issues, suffice it to say this ruling is a potential game-changer for how this country regards the role of nuclear energy in its future energy plans.

The essence of the issue is that the lack of a geological repository specifically identified for used nuclear fuel has caused the government to consider other alternatives. These include, but are not limited to, on-site storage of the fuel and consolidated interim storage.

Oct 12: In Focus: Stepping up to the plate at Hanford - Over the years, a consensus has developed that the best option for management of nuclear waste is isolation in deep, geologic repositories. In the U.S., an early mix of potential geologic sites was identified, with most of the oldest geology being located east of the Rockies. For political reasons, Eastern sites were promptly dropped from consideration. By 1986, the potential sites had been reduced from nine to three for non-scientific reasons. Remaining sites were in Washington state, Texas and Nevada. The original plan was to focus attention on characterization of all three of these three sites, with selection of two for full development.

September 2014

Sept 26: Green Energy and Red Tape - Nuclear reactors are designed to withstand severe weather, earthquakes, even airplane crashes. But how much more handling from the federal government they can endure remains to be seen.

Sept 15: Reid Moves NRC Nominations as Fight Over Yucca Mountain Continues (Updated) - It helps to be the majority leader when you're trying to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is using floor time this week to confirm nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — a move that will ensure a Democratic majority.

Sept 12: 'Nothing for us to do' on repository project -- NRC chief - There's a critical hole in the application for the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project in Nevada. There's no applicant.

So says Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane. She told reporters yesterday that the NRC is obeying court orders to use its remaining application funds, about $7.5 million, to continue its review of the project. That could lead to the release of critical safety studies as early as January.

Sept 10: NRC decides siting a nuclear waste repository isn't a priority - Vernon, Vt., officially became the nation's nuclear waste repository late last month. So did Seabrook; and Rowe and Plymouth, Mass.; and Wiscasset, Maine. Forget Yucca Mountain. The federal government has. Instead, for the foreseeable future, our nation's high-level radioactive waste will be stored right where it's generated. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled spent nuclear fuel can continue to be stored on-site at the nation's nuclear power plants indefinitely. It also issued an environmental impact statement on the topic, which allowed the commission to then lift a moratorium it had put in place two years ago on siting or expanding nuclear plants until the issue of storage was settled. - Vernon, Vt., officially became the nation's nuclear waste repository late last month. So did Seabrook; and Rowe and Plymouth, Mass.; and Wiscasset, Maine.

Sept 9: NRC NOMINEES ON THE HILL: President Barack Obama's two NRC commissioner nominees - Stephen Burns, a former agency general counsel, and Jeff Baran, an energy and environment adviser to Rep. Henry Waxman - will be in the hot seat this morning. Both gentlemen were nominated less than two months ago and are up for NRC spots emptied this summer - one by choice, and the other, not so much. It's expected that both nominees will get their own suite of tough questions as well as litmus testing on their interest in moving faster on post-Fukushima safety recommendations making their way through the NRC. Burns is certain to get peppered with questions about his last few years at the NRC, particularly his legal advice to controversial then-Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who steered the agency's work on the Yucca Mountain waste project to a premature close and invokes emergency powers after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Still, one agency observer told ME that despite the frustration over his legal opinions, Burns was nevertheless qualified for the job. On the other hand, despite Waxman's statement that oversight of the NRC has been one of Baran's "primary areas of responsibility," today's hearing will likely focus on filling out Baran's nuclear-related experience. - For their part, Third Way will release a series of questions today for the NRC nominees about the future of nuclear power:

Sept 2: Loving [hearts] nuclear waste - This is a tale of two cities. Or counties … or prefectures. One of those places, Loving County, Texas, somewhere between El Paso and Odessa, is practically a ghost town, with about 95 people scattered across an area twice the size of New York City. There's not a lot going on in Loving, and not a lot of money to make a lot go on. But all that could change if the area starts taking the country's high-level radioactive waste — and the $28 billion that comes along with i

Sept 2: Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go - The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel.

They won't be moving anytime soon. The latest government plans call for having an interim test storage site in 2021 and a long-term geologic depository in 2048.

No one knows where those sites will be, but the Obama administration is already thinking about contracts to develop, test and certify the necessary rail equipment.

August 2014

Aug 28: Nevada legislators OK $1.4 million to fight Yucca - A panel of lawmakers on Wednesday approved nearly $1.4 million to continue Nevada's fight against Yucca Mountain despite the nuclear waste repository project being described by some critics as "the walking dead

Aug 28: State Allocates $1.4M for Yucca Mountain Dump Opposition - Nevada is gearing up for a new phase in its 25-year fight to prevent the federal government from burying the nation's nuclear waste about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Aug 21: Secretary Moniz addresses future of energy, waste disposal - U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Idaho Falls keynoting the Intermountain Energy Summit and touring Idaho National Laboratory. The Post Register sat down with Moniz for a brief question-and-answer session.

Aug 19: The Future Of Nuclear Energy May Be A Battery - 20 years ago, nuclear science died a horrible death at the hands of President Clinton and Senator John Kerry. It's science fiction fantasy to imagine now what nuclear science would be like if the last 40 years had been spent with American ingenuity and technological prowess tackling the issue, rather than it becoming a political football to placate anti-science activists before finally being killed off.

Opinion - Aug 14: The EPA gets it right, for once - Even a stopped analog watch is right twice a day. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took time off from destroying the jobs of poor Appalachians in the coal industry and regulating puddles on a ranch as "navigable waterways" to propose new regulations that could help jump start the nuclear power industry and even Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository.

Aug 13: GEORGIA DEM TOUTS NUCLEAR EXPANSION IN CAMPAIGN AD: Georgia Democrat John Barrow is touting his support for the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion underway in his district in a new campaign ad. The two new reactors are the first to be built in the U.S. in three decades, and are scheduled to come online starting in 2016. "I'm listening to Georgia. Georgians want good jobs, and I helped expand Plant Vogtle, deepen the Port of Savannah and protect Fort Gordon," says Barrow, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The five-term congressman is one of the most targeted lawmakers this fall, particularly as one of the few remaining Blue Dog Democrats. Despite being targeted as a vulnerable incumbent in 2012, Barrow won 53.7 percent of the vote.

Aug 13: MONIZ PROMISES TO GET WIPP BACK UP AND RUNNING: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is vowing to get southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump back in operation as soon as possible after a mysterious radiation leak that has indefinitely shuttered the nation's only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building. During a town hall meeting packed with state and community officials, and many supporters of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, Moniz said, 'If you stick with us, we're sticking with you.

Aug 13: GAO REPORT QUESTIONS EPA ECONOMIC REVIEWS: Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Darrell Issa released a Government Accountability Office report yesterday that raises concerns about how EPA conducts economic reviews of regulations. GAO said that in some instances it reviewed, EPA's cost estimates were not as useful as they could be - not really monetizing key impacts of the rule, such as reducing air pollution, or failing to fully account for potential lost jobs. And some assessments of employment impacts used a study based on decades-old data. EPA's reliance on regulatory impacts was varied in the rules GAO examined. For instance, EPA said the renewable fuel standard was not really affected by the analysis, since the way it wrote the rule was dictated by a 2007 energy law. Some rules are more dictated by explicit statutory language than others, GAO said, limiting the alternatives the agency could consider. - - Issa said the report shows that "rather than using a fair and open rulemaking process, EPA pushed through regulations using sloppy analysis without sufficiently informing Congress or the public of the economic impact." Vitter said it "confirms that EPA has a bad habit of failing to be transparent with the public on how the Agency's red tape impacts the U.S. economy."

Aug 7: Texas county sees high-level nuke waste as opportunity - MENTONE, Texas — Loving County is big, dry and stretches for miles, and is the perfect place, local officials say, to store high-level radioactive waste.

Aug 1: Plan unveiled to dismantle San Onofre SAN ONOFRE DECOMMISSIONING COULD COST $4.4 BILLION: Via the San Diego Union-Tribune: "Owners of the San Onofre nuclear plant on Friday made public for the first time a detailed road map for dismantling the site's twin nuclear reactors and safeguarding highly radioactive waste. ... The price tag - $4.4 billion - could distinguish San Onofre as the most expensive decommissioning in the 70 year history of the nuclear power industry. Edison CEO Ted Craver said enough funds already have been collected from utility customers to pay for the project."

NRC NOMINEES: One year ago, groups opposed to Ron Binz's nomination to chair FERC used the August recess (lawmakers have skipped town for five weeks) to dig up comments and policy positions that helped build opposition to Binz in the Senate and ultimately forced him to withdraw his nomination. Now critics may have some time to look into the White House's two new nominees to the NRC, Stephen Burns and Jeff Baran, and sniff out potential weak points. It's not clear how much there actually is to uncover, but the Nuclear Energy Institute has already raised questions about Burns' last few years at the NRC, particularly his legal advice to controversial former Chairman Gregory Jaczko.

July 2014

July 22: Good things come in threes - The $34 billion Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that passed the House recently is by no means perfect legislation. But there are many important aspects of the bill to cheer about, not least the funding to continue the MOX project at Savannah River Site.

House lawmakers also wisely decided to keep the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository alive by allocating $55 million to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to "support continued adjudication" of the facility's licensing application. Like MOX, Yucca Mountain already has billions of taxpayer dollars invested in it. And, like MOX, the Obama administration zeroed out Yucca Mountain for political reasons. Without the deep-geologic repository in Nevada, the nation's high-level nuclear waste – including waste stored at SRS – will remain in dangerous limbo, scattered across the country.

July 15: Funds approved for stalled US federal projects - Funding for licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository and for construction of the MOX plant are included in the fiscal 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. The bill has been approved by the US House of Representatives but awaits final approval by the Senate.

July 14: Votes in House Back Yucca Mountain Waste Repository - The Republican-controlled House broadly defeated two measures to kill the project Thursday, The Hill newspaper reported. Both amendments to an appropriations bill were introduced by Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. One would give the Department of Energy authority to remove the repository as a future option for waste storage. It was defeated 96-326. The other, defeated 75-344, would entirely cut next year's funding for spent fuel disposal, which Titus said would end up going toward the repository project.

July 11: House OKs Hanford budget proposal - A proposed budget for Hanford next year that would slightly increase spending above the Obama administration's request passed the House on Thursday night. But the budget still is far from becoming law.

July 10: House rejects bids to abandon nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain - The House on Thursday defeated two proposals to prevent development of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) offered two amendments to the fiscal 2015 Energy-Water appropriations bill to block the potential facility.

July 8: Nevada panel advances $1.4 million to fight Yucca Mountain — A state panel on Tuesday, July8, 2014, approved nearly $1.4 million to continue Nevada's fight against Yucca Mountain, despite the nuclear waste repository project being described by one official as "the walking dead."

July 7: Congress needs to end stalemate on nuclear waste strategy Opinion: Nuclear waste storage casks at the Kewaunee nuclear power plant on the Lake Michigan shoreline serve as a potent reminder of a national failure: the inability to come up with a coherent strategy with sufficient funding on what to do about nuclear waste.

June 2014

June 20: SMUD wins $53.1 million in legal fight over nuclear waste facility - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been awarded $53.1 million as part of protracted litigation over the U.S. Department of Energy's failure to provide the district with a nuclear waste storage facility. In an opinion issued Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered the United States to immediately fork over the money as reimbursement for mitigation costs SMUD incurred in 1992 and 1993 due to the lack of a place to put its nuclear waste. Under the terms of a 1983 contract, SMUD agreed to pay $40 million into a nuclear waste fund and, in return, the department promised to begin accepting and disposing of SMUD's spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. To date, the department has yet to begin its end of the bargain. SMUD has spent more than $110 million for building, operating, and maintaining an independent spent fuel storage installation, according to the ruling by a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit, based in Washington, D. C. SMUD operated the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant throughout the 1980s, until it was shut down in response to a voter referendum in 1989.

June 18: NEI Welcomes House Appropriators' Support for Nuclear Energy - Nuclear energy programs would receive $899 million in fiscal 2015 under a $34 billion energy and water spendingbill approved today by the House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee. That is an increase of $10 million from the current fiscal year and an increase of $36 million, or 4.2 percent, from the administration's request for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

June 11: Yucca Mountain backers mount push to revive nuke program - House lawmakers this week (June 11) launched an energy spending bill containing $205 million for the Nevada program that President Barack Obama ended four years ago. Until that point, the government was developing an underground repository for the waste and other highly radioactive material, over the objections of state leaders who challenged its safety. Republicans and Democrats from states where highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel continues to accumulate at power plants say the Yucca project can end only when Congress says so. But while that point of view has prevailed when the House has voted in recent years, the Senate is another matter. Chief foe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., maintains a blockade against any bid to resurrect Yucca Mountain as time continues to put distance between Nevada and nuclear waste. Congress has yet to approve an alternative other than keeping nuclear waste at the power plants, stored in pools and in concrete above-ground canisters.

June 9: Savannah River Site tank closure schedule pushed back - Reduced federal funding has further pushed back the timeline to clean, process and close Savannah River Site's aging, high-level nuclear waste storage tanks.

June 5: Breaking Bad: A Nuclear Waste Disaster - Carlsbad, New Mexico – A vast salt mine under the New Mexico desert was the Department of Energy's last nuclear waste storage solution. On Valentines night, one of the now suspect 500 waste drums from DOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) blast open inside DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Casks filled with 3.2 million cubic feet of deadly radioactive wastes remain buried at the crippled plant. That huge facility was rendered useless. Investigators believe the waste drums from Los Alamos were incorrectly packed under DOE supervision and one of them exploded.

June 3: Mississippi PSC goes on record opposing nuclear waste storage - The Mississippi Public Service Commission has become the first state agency to go on record opposing storage of the nation's nuclear waste in Mississippi, Northern District PSC Commissioner Brandon Presley said Tuesday. With a unanimous vote, the commission passed a resolution calling on the federal government to cease consideration of any area in the state as a potential site for a national repository, Presley said in a news release. The resolution cites Mississippi's long-standing, official policy objecting to waste storage in the state and demands reconsideration of the originally developed site at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Read more here:

June 1: TEXAS VIEW: Concerns aplenty on nuclear waste - Gov. Rick Perry is pushing for a high-level radioactive waste facility. And state Speaker Joe Straus has asked a House committee to wrestle with the issue of creating such a facility — perhaps in West Texas.

June 1: Who needs Yucca Mountain? We have our own. - Imagine letting your garbage pile up day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Imagine not having a dump to drop it in where a blanket of dirt will magically make it go away. If your garbage is nuclear waste (and in the Tennessee Valley much of it is), you don't have to imagine this nightmare. It's real.

May 2014

May 31: Questions remain on next West Valley cleanup phase - ASHFORD — Members of the West Valley Action Network met Wednesday, May 28, with state and federal energy officials to express their concerns over the next phases of the West Valley Demonstration Project nuclear cleanup.

May 30: SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry is pushing for a high-level radioactive waste facility. And state Speaker Joe Straus has asked a House committee to wrestle with the issue of creating such a facility — perhaps in West Texas.

May 26: US plants prepare long-term nuclear waste storage - WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.

May 24: Nuclear-waste facility on high alert over risk of new explosions - Time bombs may be ticking at the United States' only deep geological repository for nuclear waste. US authorities concluded last week that at least 368 drums of waste at the site could be susceptible to the chemical reaction suspected to have caused a drum to rupture there in February. That accident caused radioactive material to spill into the repository and leak into the environment above ground.

May 22: Washington's failure on nuclear waste - It certainly is fair that utilities with nuclear plants stop paying the small fee for the disposal of their used fuel when there is no plan in sight. This is a colossal failure of the government to live up to legislated responsibilities. ("Tiny nuclear waste fee added up to billions," May 15)

May 16: You paid a fee for 31 years that went nowhere - Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn't exist. The Energy Department will stop charging the fee by court order Friday. It's only a small percentage of most customers' bills, but adds up to $750 million a year. The fund now holds $37 billion

May 16: Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends - Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn't exist.

May 16: Fee to build phantom nuke waste site ends - Something could be missing from your next electric bill: a fee that electric customers have been paying for 31 years to fund a federal nuclear waste site that doesn't exist.

May 15: Tiny nuclear waste fee added up to billions - charge for electricity that millions of Americans didn't even know they pay will suddenly disappear Friday, after the Energy Department this week quietly notified utilities across the country that it was suspending its fees for a future nuclear waste dump.

May 14: Kitty litter behind nuclear dump radiation leak in New Mexico? CARLSBAD, N.M. -- A mysterious radiation release that has indefinitely shuttered the federal government's only permanent nuclear waste dump may have been caused by a change in the type of kitty litter that is mixed with the toxic waste.

May 10: Tri-Party Agreement: Hanford cleanup began 25 years ago - The massive project to clean up more than 40 years of contamination from weapons plutonium production at Hanford began 25 years ago this week.

May 7: House Republicans: Why aren't regulators asking for money to study Yucca Mountain? WASHINGTON — The way congressional Republicans see it, the independent agency charged with studying Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste site is trying to run out the clock on the project.

May 7: Lawmakers Accuse NRC Of Avoiding Court Order That Obama Doesn't Want Fulfilled Read more: Lawmakers on Wednesday accused commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) of avoiding a 2013 court order to license a nuclear waste facility in Nevada that the Obama administration and Democratic Sen. Harry Reid do not want licensed.

May 1: Titus answers - As we reported earlier, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois—whose state contains a half-dozen nuclear power plants—argued in an essay in a Capitol Hill newspaper that by shutting down the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump project for power plant wastes in Nevada, President Obama is violating federal law that instructs the dump "shall" be built ("Nuke advocate attacks Obama," RN&R, April 17).

April 2014

April 30: Scalia Blasts `Unelected Agency Officials', But At Least They Work For The President - Justice Antonin Scalia delivered one of his signature dissents in yesterday's EPA vs. EPE Homer City Generation, where the Supreme Court upheld the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to dictate state air pollution standards. Scalia starts with this trumpet blast:

"Too many important decisions of the Federal Government are made nowadays by unelected agency officials exercising broad lawmaking authority, rather than by the people's representatives in Congress."

Scalia's complaint is that the EPA, with the Supreme Court's blessing, has expanded its authority beyond the text of the Clean Air Act. He may be right (despite this embarrassing apparent error in his legal scholarship), but at least the EPA operates under the authority of an elected official, namely President Obama.

April 18: Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States? - Last month the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), the nation's highest classification authority, released a number of top-level government memoranda that shed additional light on the so-called NUMEC affair, "the story that won't go away—the possibility that in the 1960s, Israel stole bomb-grade uranium from a US nuclear fuel-processing plant."

April 18: MOUNTAIN OF CONFUSION: A MOUNT REAGAN IN NEVADA?- Soon Las Vegans might have one more name to confuse with Sunrise Mountain. The House's Natural Resources Committee approved a bill last week that would rename part of Frenchman Mountain (colloquially and mistakenly referred to as Sunrise Mountain) as Mount Reagan, after the country's 40th commander in chief. In addition to the overkill—this would be the 87th landmark or federal facility to bear his name, according to—it's a bit puzzling. After all, Reagan has no clear personal ties to the Silver State except one, which House Natural Resources Committee member Peter DeFazio was quick to suggest as an alternative monument: Yucca Mountain. (Reagan supported the project during his presidency.) But really, do you know what other state has a lot of mountains? California. Do you know who lived, governed and is buried there? Take a wild guess.

April 17: Nuke advocate attacks Obama - ln an essay for the Hill, a newspaper of congressional affairs, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus tore into President Obama for bringing the Yucca Mountain project to a halt.

April 16: A Wasted Opportunity - Safely managing spent nuclear fuel and other radioactive wastes is an important issue wherever there are nuclear power plants or research facilities in operation. Though other countries with nuclear facilities face a similar problem of where to store large amounts of radioactive waste, it seems the U.S. is the only one in the news for what has not been done. The U.S. has attempted to license and site a geologic repository to store all of the high-level waste produced at nuclear power plants at Yucca Mountain, to no avail. However, it is not the only country in the world looking to put a repository in place to store the waste long-term and finding some opposition.

April 10: Our Voice: Moving Hanford's radioactive capsules to dry storage past due - It's highly unlikely that an earthquake or other natural disaster will seriously damage Hanford's Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility, where 13 feet of water keep 106 million curies of radioactivity, or 32 percent of the total radioactivity at Hanford, safely contained.

April 6: Two top GOP congressional candidates favor Yucca Mountain if done safely - For nearly three decades, most Nevada leaders — Republican and Democrat — have opposed allowing the federal government to carry out a plan to build a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles from Las Vegas.

April 3: Report says Hanford nuclear waste capsules at risk - Nearly 2,000 capsules containing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation should be moved, in part because of earthquake danger, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General.

April 2: Perry Calls For Storage Site For Texas Nuclear Waste - Gov. Rick Perry wants lawmakers to establish a site in Texas for storing the state's high-level radioactive waste, saying in a letter to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus that Texas is suited to store spent nuclear fuel from the state's four commercial reactors.

March 2014

March 31 - Where Would YOU Put Our Nuclear Waste? - opinion - This is where we are today. Yucca Mountain is in stasis, and we're all atwitter about the blip of a first incident at WIPP. But in the 1970s, there was a push to investigate alternatives to geologic disposal since it was becoming obvious we wouldn't soon agree on any location. Significant time was spent on evaluating these ideas (Mark Holt, Congressional Research Service), and the most reasonable included:

March 30: Tony Clark: Reprocessing facility would be win-win for Yucca Mountain - Opinion Letter - I believe that is it now time for Nevadans and Nevada's political leaders to re-evaluate their opposition to the federal development of Yucca Mountain as the nation's nuclear spent fuel repository.

March 27: On Yucca Mountain, Obama Again Treats Law as Merely a Suggestion- Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., delivered a rousing speech on the House floor earlier this month reminding the American people that, in Congress, "We don't pass suggestions ... we don't pass ideas — we pass laws. And we expect them to be faithfully executed."

March 26: D.C. Circuit Denies Rehearing on Nuclear Waste Fee Decision

March 25: World leaders aim to reduce dangerous nuclear material stocks to minimum

March 25: Could Californium Solve Nuclear Energy's Biggest Problem? Obscure Element Can 'Recycle' Radioactive Waste

March 25: World leaders to agree to keep plutonium stocks to "minimum"

March 24: Radiation Leak at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site Highlights Problems -

March 23: Obama scuttles another nuclear waste solution - Opinion - President Obama plans to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Monday and Tuesday. He long has professed a keen interest in reducing the threat from nuclear weapons. In 2009, in his notable Prague speech, Obama declared, "The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War." He vowed "concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons."

March 23: Are We on the Verge of a Nuclear Revolution?

March 6: Elko Commission votes to hear science on Yucca Mountain

March 5: $0 for Yucca Mountain included in Obama's budget proposal - In a divided Congress, President Barack Obama's proposed $3.9 trillion budget is all but guaranteed to be greatly revised before fiscal 2015 rolls around in October.

March 3: McCain: no global warming action until the left supports nuclear power -Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said that while he believes global warming is an issue, he won't make any legislative moves until the left agrees on "certain fundamentals," including support for nuclear power.

February 2014

Feb 27: 13 workers exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant - Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak, raising questions about whether the facility's safety systems worked as well as officials have said.

Feb 22: Yucca Mountain status? Hearing delves into dumpsite issues, takes pulse of Nevadans - Major progress is expected in the coming year toward resolving the outstanding questions and legal challenges surrounding Yucca Mountain's potential as a repository for the country's high-level nuclear waste, members of the state Legislature were told during an interim committee hearing Friday, Feburary 21, 2014.

Feb 12: Nuclear Waste Storage on Texas Lawmakers' Agenda - Could Texas' wide-open spaces help solve the country's nuclear waste storage problem?

Feb 10: Salt Beds Offer Potential Solution to Mountain of Nuclear-Waste Problem - Salt beds used to contain nuclear-weapons byproducts in New Mexico could serve as an alternative to the now defunct Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository, The New York Times reports.

Feb 10: NRC sets next moves on Yucca Mountain - Responding to a court order but saying it is light in the wallet, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission set a limited course forward Monday to resume work on the Yucca Mountain project.

Feb 9: Nuclear Waste Solution Seen in Desert Salt Beds - CARLSBAD, N.M. — Half a mile beneath the desert surface, in thick salt beds left behind by seas that dried up hundreds of millions of years ago, the Department of Energy is carving out rooms as long as football fields and cramming them floor to ceiling with barrels and boxes of nuclear waste.

January 2014

Jan 30: AND EPW TAKES ON NUKE ISSUES: All five NRC commissioners are traveling to Capitol Hill today to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to continue discussing post-Fukushima safety recommendations. But ME expects a decent portion of time will center on an agency decision to take a pass on requiring utilities to expedite the transfer of spent fuel in pools to dry casks. GOP senators are sure to continue to pepper regulators about the timetable for completing work related to Yucca Mountain. This is likely to be Commissioner George Apostolakis' last appearance in the Senate before President Barack Obama decides whether to re-nominate the former MIT professor for full, five-year term — so expect some tea leaf-reading. Either way, the hearing will have to manage a major disruption when the Senate votes on amendments to flood insurance legislation around 11:15 a.m. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. in Dirksen 406.

January 29, 2014--Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--The new U.S. federal budget includes zero dollars toward the licensing of the long-awaited Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site in Nevada. This means no new money has been made available for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to continue with costly licensing procedures that are necessary to make use of the proposed site.

Jan 15: Federal government's empty nuclear promises cost taxpayers $38 billion - Now, according to Politico, Uncle Sam has wasted $38 billion - and probably more - on storing the nuclear waste generated by the country's 100 or so nuclear plants: "That's just the lowball estimate for how much taxpayers will wind up spending because of the government's decades of dithering about how to handle the radioactive leftovers sitting at dozens of sites in 38 states. The final price will be higher unless the government starts collecting the waste by 2020, which almost nobody who tracks the issue expects.

Jan 15: Obama administration not following the law with regard to Yucca Mountain - The Obama administration has a history of selectively following the laws that it is charged with implementing and upholding. The Affordable Care Act is just the most recent egregious example, as the administration has on numerous occasions exempted or changed parts of the law that the President himself signed.

Jan 14: Marquee rules spared from riders in landmark spending agreement - A massive spending bill unveiled last night leaves President Obama's energy, environment and climate programs largely intact while slightly boosting clean and fossil energy spending and keeping U.S. EPA's budget relatively steady. It also delivers Republicans some minor policy wins that would protect coal mining companies, manufacturers of inefficient light bulbs and nuclear power plants hoping to eventually store their waste at Yucca Mountain.

Jan 12: Column: Some 'Razzle dazzle' that halts waste fund - Most South Carolinians are blissfully unaware that a small portion of their monthly electric bill goes into a special fund created by Congress to pay for disposal of the nation's radioactive waste.

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December 2013

Dec 20: SPENT, BUT NOT GONE With no final destination, used nuclear material stays at San Onofre indefinitely

Dec 19: Some nukes is good nukes - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid exercised his “Nuclear Option” last month to change the Senate rules to end the filibuster in judicial nominations. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller claimed it was a “scary day for Nevada” because if the Republicans took over the Senate, they could use the nuclear option to revive Yucca Mountain, turning Nevada back into the nation’s nuclear waste dump.

Dec 13: Opinion - letter to the editor - Yucca Mountain Behind Filibuster Change?

Dec 12: Yucca tops agenda as NRC members head to Hill – Jewell: Mitigation report coming in January

Dec 13: US House Republicans seek details on DOE plans for nuclear waste program - Two Republican members of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday asked Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to detail how the Department of Energy plans to deal with the spent nuclear fuel issue and support the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's restarted licensing proceeding for a proposed a waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Shimkus of Illinois sought the information in letter that requested that Moniz respond by January 2. Upton chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee and Shimkus leads the panel's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. Both support a restart of the Yucca Mountain project. Information the lawmakers sought includes when DOE plans to submit a proposal to Congress to change the Nuclear Waste Fund fee to zero, as a federal appeals court recently ordered. They also said that if DOE intends to comply with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act it should develop a plan for re-establishing the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, which handled the Yucca Mountain project.

Dec 13: The Latest: Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site looks more distant than ever - Backstory After decades of indecision about where to store nuclear waste, in 2002 President George W. Bush approved building a permanent repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. In 2009, under political pressure, President Obama halted construction plans. Still, the U.S. Department of Energy continued collecting fees from nuclear power plants for future construction ("Mountain of doubt," HCN, 1/19/09).

Followup In mid-November, a D.C. federal court of appeals ordered the government to stop collecting those fees, now totaling more than $30 billion. "Until the department comes to some conclusion as to how nuclear wastes are to be deposited permanently," the ruling said, "it seems quite unfair to force petitioners to pay fees for a hypothetical option." In an August court decision, however, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumed its review of the Yucca site application, and now the Department of Energy says a permanent repository will be open by 2048 (location TBA).

Dec 12: Reid has fought the good fight for the State - Reid says the plan to create a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is still dead, and the nuclear industry lobby doesn't have the lobbying muscle to push for Yucca Mountain funding. "The Republicans have tried for many Congresses now to get that program started again, but it's not going on. Nothing has happened. We are in the fifth year of the Obama administration. We had eight years of Clinton. There's no question the nuclear industry was a lot more powerful than it is today because the environmental community is totally on our side on this issue and the nuclear industry doesn't have as much clout as they used to have. It's as simple as that."

Dec 7: Parties ask court to reverse ruling on NRC chief's Yucca Mountain role - Nye County in Nevada, Aiken County in South Carolina, and the state of South Carolina are asking a US appeals court to reverse its decision rejecting some of their legal challenges to NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane's refusal to recuse herself from commission decisions related to the agency's resumed review of DOE's license application for a proposed nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Dec 7: Nuclear to remain key Japan energy source - Japan should continue to use nuclear power as a key energy source despite the Fukushima power plant disaster, a government panel said Friday in a reversal of a phase-out plan by the previous government.

Dec 6: Build nuke waste site or end fee - If the federal government is not going to build a nuclear waste repository, it should not be collecting money to pay for it. That is the gist of a ruling from a federal appeals court that orders that United States Department of Energy to immediately stop collecting money from utility ratepayers for the planned repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.

Dec 6: It's about time feds got rid of Maine Yankee's nuclear waste, kept 30-year promise -

Dec 3: S.C should get support vs. feds over SRS waste - South Carolina's faith in the federal government to put safety and the environment ahead of politics in the important solution to permanent storage of high-level nuclear waste was misplaced. The Yucca Mountain permanent repository for high-level waste is at best on hold and at worst is a dead issue with the Obama administration actively opposed.

November 2013

Nov 30: The $38 billion nuclear waste fiasco - Doing nothing often has a cost — and when it comes to storing the nation's nuclear waste, the price is $38 billion and rising.

Nov 27: Court suspends nuclear waste disposal fee - Stating the Department of Energy had hoisted itself "on its own petard," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled DOE cannot, for the time being, charge a fee to nuclear power plant operators for the future disposal costs of nuclear waste.

Nov 27: (opinion) Our Voice: Yucca Mountain ruling victory for rule of law - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has directed its staff to pick up where it left off in the application's review. One volume of the five planned had been completed in 2010, but the work stopped after the order from Obama.

Nov 23: Harry, Barack and Yucca Mt. - To better understand why Senate Democrats killed the filibuster for presidential appointees, consider their latest legal rebuke. Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to remake the court that is a check on his lawlessness. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled that the Department of Energy can no longer require utilities to pay annual fees for a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The Obama Administration at the behest of Mr. Reid has abandoned work on the Yucca Mountain facility, so the...

Nov 21: In filibuster side fight, Reid, Heller spar over Yucca Mountain - As the dust settled Thursday from Senate Democrats enacting a far-reaching change in filibuster rules, a side tussle broke out between Nevada's senators over what it might mean for the state's long fight against Yucca Mountain.

Nov 21: Heller statement on use of 'nuclear option' in U.S. Senate - U.S. Senator Dean Heller, R-Nev., issued this statement after the Senate utilized the "nuclear option," which rids the Senate minority of long-standing rights and requires only a simple majority for some Senate votes:

Nov 20: Judges toss DOE's 'unfair' fees for nuclear waste disposal - Federal appellate judges today ordered the Department of Energy to stop collecting fees for disposing of nuclear waste, because the agency has abandoned the Yucca Mountain project in Nevada and has no plans for an alternative repository.

Nov 20: Court orders halt to nuclear waste fees - A US Court of Appeal has ruled that the Department of Energy (DOE) must stop collecting nuclear waste fees from utilities until it decides how used fuel is to be disposed of.

Nov 18: Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site: NRC To Resume Study Of Proposed Nevada Storage Facility - Responding to a court order, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has directed its staff to complete work on a key safety report related to a never-completed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

Nov 18: NRC Moves Documents to Comply with Ruling Restarting Yucca Mountain Review - In a release Monday, the NRC said it directed staff to load documents from the Licensing Support Network into the non-public version of the ADAMS database, although it will not reconstitute the LSN – a Web-based system maintaining millions of pages of DOE documents that must be made public for the licensing process to proceed. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board's adjudication of 319 contentions related to the license will remain on hold. While the LSN documents are public records, the NRC said publishing them will be dependent on funding to do so. The agency also requested a supplemental environmental impact statement from DOE.

Nov 18: NRC orders completion of Yucca Mountain safety evaluation report - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has directed the agency staff to complete work on the safety evaluation report on the Department of Energy’s construction authorization application for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

Nov 18: What's Going To Happen To San Onofre's Nuclear Waste? - San Onofre's nuclear reactors were permanently shut down earlier this year. Fully dismantling the plant will take years, probably even decades. But one of the problems facing San Onofre is going to stick around even longer. What to do with all its nuclear waste?

Nov 8: Nuke waste effort picks up steam - Add Marvin Fertel's name to the long list of people who support the Yucca Mountain project to store the nation's nuclear waste. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Nuke waste effort picks up steam

Nov 7: Supes to urge feds to create long-term nuclear waste storage - Responding to concerns that radioactive waste at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant presents an ongoing safety risk until the federal government can decide on a solution for long-term off-site storage, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to send a letter to the state’s federal Senate and congressional representatives asking them to do just that—and quickly.

Nov 5: Reactivate nuke facility - In 1998, Congress was aware of the problem of nuclear waste and passed a bill called the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. It provided for a storage facility to be built in Nevada by excavating tunnels in the Yucca Mountain.

Nov 5: Carlsbad nuke-waste meeting reset - Federal nuclear safety regulators have rescheduled a public meeting in Carlsbad for Nov. 18 about a proposed rule and study on the extended storage of spent nuclear fuel at retired reactor sites pending disposal at a permanent repository.

Nov 3: Could used nuclear fuel be stored safely in Miss. salt domes? - Most of us know that getting Mississippians to support the idea of building a facility to store and recycle the nation's used nuclear fuel would be difficult. But it deserves serious consideration given its many economic benefits.

October 2013

Oct 30: With rehearing of Yucca Mountain case denied, state unlikely to appeal to Supreme Court - The state likely won't appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in its efforts to block the Yucca Mountain nuclear dump site being located in Southern Nevada.

Oct 28: US appellate court denies Nevada's request for a rehearing in Yucca case - A federal appeals court decision stands that ordered the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart the licensing process for nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, according to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Oct 27: We simply need Yucca - Add Marvin Fertel’s name to the long list of people who support the Yucca Mountain project to store the nation’s nuclear waste.

Oct 27: Shale sites studied as possible alternative to Yucca Mountain - With Yucca Mountain now an afterthought for disposing the nation’s highly radioactive waste, one federal geologist says he might have other places to put it than the volcanic-rock ridge 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Oct 26: America's Nuclear Waste Is Just Sitting All Over the Place - A quarter century ago, the US government decided that Yucca Mountain, Nevada would be where we would store all of our deadly nuclear waste. So where is our deadly nuclear waste today? Oh, just spread out all over the place.

Oct 22: Support for Yucca Mountain project voiced at nuclear lecture - Marvin Fertel, president of the Nuclear Energy Institute, voiced his support of the Yucca Mountain project at Monday's Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet. In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the licensing process must continue for the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

Oct 14: Despite hauling pact, nuclear waste not budging - Back in the early 1980s, the federal government offered what sounded like a reasonable deal to nuclear plants in Nebraska and other states. It went something like this: Pay us to take your most highly radioactive waste — material that is potent for 10,000 years — and we'll store it in a secure underground repository. Since then, customers who buy nuclear-generated electricity from the Nebraska Public Power District and the Omaha Public Power District have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to the federal government. But they've received nothing in return. Funding for a plan to build a national repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada has been blocked by opponents, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of that state.

Oct 6: Back in the nuclear saddle - There's a cynical saying: "No good deed goes unpunished." But is the reverse equally plausible? Consider the return of Gregory Jaczko to the federal fold. In 2012 Mr. Jaczko left the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he served as chairman, under heavy criticism from his colleagues and staff. There were widespread complaints from staff about his objectionable management style, and from his fellow board members, who said he kept them out of the loop.

Oct 1: NRC: More time, money needed for Yucca review - Completing safety studies and setting up a license document network for the Yucca Mountain Project will take a full year and use all $11.1 million of the money previously budgeted for the now-shuttered project 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's staff said Monday.

September 2013

Sept 30: Eighty-one US House members urge NRC to make Yucca report a priority - Eighty-one members of the US House of Representatives urged NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane Friday in a letter to use the agency's $11.1 million in carryover waste funds to complete agency staff's safety evaluation report on the repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Sept 29: Nevada asks US appeals court to rehear Yucca Mountain licensing case - The state of Nevada has asked a federal appeals court to take another look at whether the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission should be ordered to restart its review of a license application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Sept 29: No end in sight for Yucca legal fights - Fresh lawsuits started piling up Thursday, a day before a deadline for responses to a federal court ruling that ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to revive licensing for the controversial Nevada nuclear waste site.

Sept 27: Courtney joins effort to proceed with Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility - Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, announced today that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 80 members of the House in sending a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission urging that it pursue completion of safety evaluation reports for the proposed nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Sept 26: State asking that full appeals court hears Yucca Mountain appeal - The state intends to appeal a court decision that the federal government must go forward with a hearing on licensing Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear dump in Nevada.

Sept 23: Nuclear waste repository could aid economic growth - We can resolve the nuclear waste problem — and put our state in the driver's seat for economic growth — if Mississippi offered to host a deep-geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel.

Sept 20: Energy Dept. resurrects Yucca Mountain project - Federal authorities are re-opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository, asking local governments that may be impacted by the proposed nuclear waste site to offer suggestions on how to proceed.

Sept 14: Waste builds at S.C. reactors as new opposition forms for Nevada disposal site - The federal government has spent $7 billion studying the abandoned Yucca Mountain project, a site in the Nevada desert seen for decades by its backers as the best hope for a permanent graveyard for toxic nuclear waste stockpiling at the Oconee Nuclear Station and across South Carolina.

Sept 12: S.C. attorney general promotes work opposing Washington - A court decision that reinstated Yucca Mountain, Nev., as a candidate for storing nuclear waste marked a legal victory for states over the federal government, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said Thursday.

Sept 11: NRC doesn't have funds to complete Yucca Mountain review - NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said in a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the NRC does not have enough cash in reserves to complete the safety evaluation report (SER) and the remaining steps in the licensing process, and no additional funds were requested or appropriated in fiscal year 2012 or fiscal year 2013. NRC suspended its review in 2011.

Sept 11: House Republicans Slam NRC's Pace on Yucca Review - A Republican-led panel on Tuesday disparaged President Obama's administration for not acting faster to restart its study of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste-storage project in Nevada.

Sept 11: Legal Bills Mount In Yucca Fight - A Nevada board has extended a contract with a Washington, D.C. law firm to continue its fight against licensing of Yucca Mountain. The Board of Examiners on Tuesday authorized $5 million to continue the contract with the firm of Egan, Fitzpatrick, Malsch and Lawrence.

Sept 11: Can a Scientist be Biased Against Rocks? That absurd notion arises as Nevada's Yucca Mountain–designated by Congress a quarter century ago as a candidate repository for U.S. nuclear waste–has been put back on the table. A federal appeals court recently ordered the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart its safety review of Yucca, three years after the Obama administration cut funds. Obama had cited unresolved safety questions after two decades of review. Meanwhile, around 70,000 tons of waste, mostly fuel rods from nuclear power plants, has piled up at reactor sites. Most of it sits in water pools that require continual circulation to avoid melting and the theoretical potential for regional contamination.

Sept 11: U.S. NRC's Macfarlane: Developing Plan for Yucca Mountain Nuke Waste - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is developing a plan, in response to a court order, to resume its review of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) license application for the canceled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project in Nevada, NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane said Wednesday at a Platts Energy Podium newsmaker event in Washington.

Sept 10: House Panel Right to Press NRC on Yucca Reports -- Marvin Fertel, the Nuclear Energy Institute's president and chief executive officer, made the following comments about today's nuclear waste management hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

Sept 10: NRC unsure if it will appeal order to restart Yucca Mountain project - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s chairman told a Congressional panel today that the agency responsible for the safety of nuclear power can’t say for sure whether it will appeal a court ruling demanding it re-start the Yucca Mountain project.

Sept 9: Column: Yucca Mountain and the U.S. Constitution - The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was a major victory for both Aiken County and the Constitution. Whether this decision will jump start the mothballed facility remains unknown.

Sept 7: Congress should back Yucca restart - Editorial - Here's what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said after the recent U.S. Appeals Court ruling that ordered the nuclear waste project at Yucca Mountain back on track: "Without any disrespect to the court, it means nothing. The fact is, they have no money. The place is locked up, it's padlocked. Nothing is happening with Yucca Mountain. "Yucca Mountain is an afterthought," he added, in comments to Politico. Well, without any disrespect to Sen. Reid, who made him the final word on nuclear waste policy for the nation? The easy answer would be President Barack Obama, who has also worked to close the disposal site, even though it has been under development for decades at a cost of $15 billion.

Sept 3: U.S. Nuclear Body Gathers Feedback on Restarting Yucca Review - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission August 30, said the public can submit comments until the end of September on how to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste project, Reuters reported.

August 2013

Aug 30: U.S. nuclear agency seeks input to resume Yucca Mountain review - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Friday said it will seek comments on how to restart the licensing process for the long-stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project.

Aug 29: A Post-Yucca Plan for Spent Fuel- During the half century that nuclear energy has been in use, U.S. reactors have produced some 70,000 tons of spent fuel, most of which lies cooling in pools of water at power plants across the country.

Aug 26: Opinion: U.S. must commit to permanent, safe disposal of nuclear waste- If someone had suggested 30 years ago that electricity users would be contributing billions of dollars to a government trust fund — and getting nothing in return — the idea would have been dismissed as fantasy.

Aug 19: Nevada calculating cost to continue Yucca Mountain legal battle - CARSON CITY — The head of Nevada's Nuclear Projects Office isn't ready to say how much it will cost to continue the fight against Yucca Mountain now that it has lost a key court battle.

Aug 16: Strassel: Harry Reid's Yucca Bluff - According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Yucca Mountain nuclear- waste repository in his home state of Nevada is dead, dead, dead, and no amount of huffing from the judiciary changes that. Don't believe it.

Aug 15: Area 51, 25 Among Yucca Mountain's Nuclear Neighbors - Yucca's neighbors include properties rich in contamination and nuclear history, many of them within the Nevada Test Site, home to nuclear explosions and experiments since 1951. Between 1951 and 1992, according to the Test Site, 828 documented atmospheric or underground nuclear tests have occurred.

Aug 15: Why You Maybe Should Care About Yucca Mountain - Yucca Mountain, a ridge in the desert of southern Nevada and the government's controversial pick for a nuclear wastebasket, is back in play … kind of.

Aug 14: Appeals Court Forces NRC to Work on Yucca Mountain License - A federal appeals court has sided with the states of Washington and South Carolina in a decision forcing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to work toward a licensing decision on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository mothballed by the Obama administration.

Aug 14: Feds told to stop stalling on nuclear waste decision - While campaigning for president in 2008, Barack Obama pledged to oppose the Yucca Mountain repository. As president, he has proposed budgets that eliminate the project funding, prompting an unsuccessful effort by Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., to restore the money.

In 2010, Mr. Obama's appointed NRC chairman, former Reid staffer Gregory Jaczko, ordered the commission's staff to stop working on the Yucca Mountain license application. Two other commissioners and dozens of members of Congress erupted in opposition to the halt. A majority of the U.S. House last month rejected a proposal to direct the Yucca Mountain funding elsewhere.

"I think the Congress on a bipartisan basis can agree that we ought to go ahead and finish the review of the Yucca Mountain site," Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said during the House debate.

Aug 14: Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository Review Resumes Despite Obama's Opposition - When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to comply with the law, a federal appeals court ordered the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste removal review to continue. The judges say the Nuclear Regulatory Commission "is simply defying a law enacted by Congress, and the Commission is doing so without any legal basis." The court says the case revolves around whether the Federal executive branch, as headed by the President, should have the ability to disregard Federal statutes.

Aug 13: Court: Work on Yucca Mountain must resume - The NRC must promptly continue with the licensing process unless money is not available, the ruling said. The NRC has at least $11.1 million appropriated by Congress to continue considering the license. The decision does not obligate Congress to appropriate additional money for Yucca Mountain, nor does it influence the outcome of the licensing process, the ruling said.

Aug 13: Yucca Mountain could be money, jobs for the state - PAHRUMP, Nev. (KSNV & MyNews3) -- While many Nevada politicians are lined up to oppose Yucca Mountain ever receiving a license.

Aug 13: Government Must Continue Review of Nevada Nuclear Waste Site, Court Says(NY Times) - WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was "flouting the law" when it stopped work on a review of the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, despite the Obama administration's insistence that the site be shut down.

Aug 13: U.S. court demands decision on Nevada nuclear waste project - (Reuters) - A federal appeals court said on Tuesday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission can no longer delay a decision on whether to issue a permit for the long-stalled nuclear waste project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

In a strongly worded opinion, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that "the president may not decline to follow a statutory mandate or prohibition simply because of policy objections."

Aug 5: Bipartisan bill seeks short and long-term solutions for nuclear waste storage - With hopes for restarting a plan to open a permanent nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain all but dead, four senior Senators have introduced legislation that seeks new temporary and permanent solutions to storing the mounting radioactive spent fuel at nuclear power plants.

Aug 5: Bipartisan bill seeks short and long-term solutions for nuclear waste storage - With hopes for restarting a plan to open a permanent nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain all but dead, four senior Senators have introduced legislation that seeks new temporary and permanent solutions to storing the mounting radioactive spent fuel at nuclear power plants.Aug 4: Comanche Peak storing spent fuel rods offsite - Owners of Comanche Peak are putting highly radioactive uranium waste into concrete casks to start the long cooling process.

Meanwhile, Congress wrestles with legislation that could pave the way for a national burial ground for the spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors such as Comanche Peak.

Aug 2: Yucca Mountain debate returns to Capitol Hill - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's goodwill trip to Capitol Hill this week was an unofficial effort to drum up support for a new national strategy for storing nuclear waste. But that doesn't necessarily mean Nevada's Yucca Mountain is off the table.

July 2013

July 31: House chairman suggests showing Nevada the money to restart Yucca Mountain - Rather than start from scratch on nuclear waste, a House chairman said Wednesday Congress should make another pitch to Nevada to revive the Yucca Mountain site.

July 30: Energy Secretary Supports Yucca Mountain Alternatives, New Agency for Nuclear Waste - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Tuesday praised a Senate plan to deal with nuclear waste—an alternative to the long-disputed Yucca Mountain site—calling it a "promising framework for addressing key issues."

July 24: Advisory board opposes SRS as nuclear waste venue - Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board adopted a position paper Tuesday opposing Savannha Rivers Site's future use as a storage site for spent nuclear fuel.

July 24: James McGovern / Nuclear-waste site stalled, but U.S. still collects fee - If someone had suggested 30 years ago that electricity users would be contributing billions of dollars to a government trust fund - and getting nothing in return - the idea would have been dismissed as fantasy.

July 17 - Future unclear for DOE's spent nuclear fuel - There's no specific plan to dispose of the 34 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel that the Energy Department has in storage, a report from the department's office of inspector says.

July 15 - Reid calls GOP threats on filibuster changes 'silly'; showdown may come Tuesday - Sen. Harry Reid on Monday dismissed Republican threats to open Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste if he changes Senate filibuster rules, saying he doubted they would follow through on them.

July 15: Nuclear waste shipments raise concerns for Nevada politicians- Nevada's elected officials seem to have more questions than answers about a large shipment of radioactive uranium that could be coming to southern Nevada soon.

July 10: House bill cuts renewable energy budget - The House on Wednesday voted to slash money for renewable energy research and defy the Obama administration's decision to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in a bare-bones annual spending bill for energy and water programs.

July 10: House bill cuts renewable energy budget - The Republican-crafted bill has little support in the Democratic-led Senate and faces a White House veto, but makes clear the stark divisions over policy as Congress and the White House look toward an autumn showdown over spending, taxes and the debt ceiling.

July 10: Nevada lawmakers slapped down on votes on state's nuclear interests - The House of Representatives on Wednesday delivered two more defeats to the Nevada delegation's attempts to safeguard the state's nuclear interests

July 9: House spurns attempt to block Yucca Mountain funding - It's become an annual tradition in the Republican-led House that every summer, members of the Nevada delegation lead their colleagues in a Yucca Mountain do-si-do.

July 8: Decision on Yucca Mountain Overdue - Congress wrote and passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act with a sense of urgency so that the process would move forward without delay. The act set out an unambiguous schedule of up to four years following the filing of a license application for the NRC to conduct its review and issue a final decision. Recognizing that the repository siting and licensing process could be contentious, Congress had the foresight to provide for consolidated legal jurisdiction and expedited review at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.Congress' foresight has since been validated, and the repository licensing process has indeed proven to be contentious. After filing the license application in 2008, the Department of Energy later sought to withdraw the application to preclude any future consideration of the Yucca Mountain site. Subsequently, in 2010, the NRC chairman ordered agency staff to terminate their review and remove key findings from licensing reports documenting their safety review. Although the law mandated a four-year schedule to review the license, five years have elapsed, and the NRC has not issued a final decision. (The National Law Journal)

July 5: Our Voice: Nuclear waste dilemma needs judicial resolution - A bipartisan group of four U.S. senators is scrambling to produce a plan for the nation's mounting stockpile of spent nuclear fuel, a massive environmental problem manufactured by President Obama.


June 2013

Concrete canisters, with their blue lids, used to store drums of nuclear waste near Andrews, Tex.Concrete canisters, with their blue lids, used to store drums of nuclear waste near Andrews, Tex. Image courtesy of David Bowser, Texas Tribune

June 28: Quarrels Continue Over Repository for Nuclear Waste - WASHINGTON — As more nuclear reactors across the country are closed, the problem of what to do with their waste is becoming more urgent, government officials and private experts said at a conference here this week.

June 18: Nuclear Option Debate Gets Literal - The debate over the "nuclear" option has gone nuclear, literally, even as it appears the odds of a Senate war over filibusters are fizzling.

June 18: Alexander: "A Vote To End The Filibuster Is A Vote To Complete Yucca Mountain" -Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) said on the Senate floor today that he does not expect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to change Senate rules "because Reid knows that a vote to end the filibuster is a vote to complete Yucca Mountain."

June 18: GOP senators warn Reid that Yucca Mountain could be resurrected - Aiming where it hurts, Senate Republicans warned Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday that efforts to curb the filibuster could boomerang on him and lead to the resurrection of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada.

GOP senators delivered a not-so-veiled threat: Restarting the mothballed nuclear waste repository would be near the top of their to-do list if the 60-vote threshold on Senate votes is abolished.

"Make no mistake, a vote to end the filibuster is a vote to complete Yucca Mountain," Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a speech. "We could get a bipartisan majority of 51 votes today in the United States Senate."

June 17: Nye County Continues Push for Yucca Mountain - LAS VEGAS -- Nye County isn't giving up the fight to store nuclear waste in Nevada. The county's officials could get a helping hand from new federal legislation that could allow Yucca Mountain to reopen.

June 15: Sandoval urged to block shipments of uranium waste - LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anti-nuclear and environmental groups are pressing Gov. Brian Sandoval to block shipments of potent uranium waste planned for burial at a government-managed site in Nevada.

June 14: NUCLEAR WASTE: Could the answer to the Yucca Mountain debacle lurk under a N.M. desert? - "It looks like [the administration is] ready to pull the plug on Yucca, and I think they should go in and start the studies on WIPP to see if it's convertible," Pearce said. "Generally, the opinion around town is that [WIPP is] probably the most geologically stable area that we're going to find. There's no water out there."

June 10: Nuclear waste: Trying to move the mountain (Editorial) - ONE MANIFESTATION of political gridlock that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can't blame on Republicans is the failure to build a federal repository for nuclear waste. Nevada's Yucca Mountain was selected as the site in 2002, setting off hysterical opposition from many Nevadans and some environmental groups. Obama repudiated the Yucca Mountain plan in order to placate Nevada voters. It was hardly an act of courage, and Obama has done little to find a new site.

June 9: Yucca Mountain still haunts nuclear waste issue - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee received more than 2,000 comments on the draft nuclear waste legislation it released in April, and many conveyed a common message: How can we trust the government to handle this issue after the failure of Yucca Mountain?

June 5: What Won't Fix Our Nuclear Waste Issue - Another Government Agency - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been stacked to make sure that nuclear power in America is hindered as much as possible. Without a proper storage policy, nuclear power is barely a blip on America's radar as a solution to creating clean energy.

May 2013

May 24: NRC chairman maneuvers Yucca Mountain minefield - The Yucca Mountain project may be dead, or close to dead for the time being. But it still is a political minefield on Capitol Hill.

May 16: Nye County official blasts Sen. Reid's "hypocrisy" on nuclear waste disposal - Sen. Harry Reid's stance that it's alright to bury a ton of uranium-tainted waste from Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the Nevada National Security Site is hypocritical, a Nye County commissioner says.

May 12: SMUD wins $34.6 million nuclear waste suit, but won't see the money soon - A federal court has awarded more than $34.7 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in connection with the federal government's failure to provide a permanent storage site for nuclear waste from the utility's long-dormant Rancho Seco plant.

May 10: Reid, Ensign determined to kill Yucca Mountain plan - Despite the fact that one of the biggest opponents of the Yucca Mountain project is in the hot seat, state leaders are still saying the nuclear waste dump is dead.

May 6: The greening of spent nuclear waste - Despite decades of discussion, the issue of nuclear waste has not seen a viable solution. Most recently in 2010, federal authorities scrapped a plan to create a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada to store the nationwide spent nuclear fuel capacity that now stands at 65,000 tons.

May 5: Probe Says U.S. Nuclear Boss Misled Colleagues - The chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was unprofessional and "wrong" as he repeatedly misled fellow commissioners about his efforts to stop work on a disputed dump for high-level radioactive waste, an agency watchdog said Tuesday.

May 1: Nuclear waste expert to speak at UI Main Page Content Rodney Ewing helped scuttle plans for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain - Rodney Ewing, an academic and longtime campaigner for a cautious, science-based approach to nuclear waste disposal, will speak at the University of Iowa at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

April 2013

April 28: Wyden calls for new federal agency for nuclear waste - A discussion draft of legislation to address the storage and disposal of used nuclear fuel and waste -- including Hanford waste -- has been released by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., working with three other Democratic and Republican senators.

April 26: Yucca Mountain Casts a Long Shadow Over Nuclear-Waste Bill Introduced in the Senate - The decades-long fight over Yucca Mountain looms large over draft legislation released Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to find a solution to the nation's nuclear-waste-disposal problem.

April 26: Commentary: Enviro-policy shows it damaging bias - While preparing a speech on nuclear energy, I gave at the 75th annual Conference of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, I stumbled into an aspect of our nuclear energy history seldom discussed—environmental racism.

April 25: Yucca Mountain Casts a Long Shadow Over Nuclear-Waste Bill Introduced in the Senate - The decades-long fight over Yucca Mountain looms large over draft legislation released Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to find a solution to the nation's nuclear-waste-disposal problem.

April 25: New Nuclear Waste Proposal Creates Agency, Restarts Yucca Mountain Debate - A bipartisan group of four senators released their plan to deal with the nation's nuclear waste Thursday, making good on promises by Senate Energy and Natural Resource Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for progress on the long-delayed issue.

April 25: U.S. Senators Seek Comments on Plan to Store Nuclear Waste - In a bid to restart discussion of what to do with the nation's nuclear waste, four U.S. senators today unveiled a draft plan to create a federal agency that would oversee short- and long-term storage of the highly radioactive materials produced primarily by commercial power reactors. The effort follows the Obama administration's decision to abandon a planned centralized waste repository under Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which led to recommendations from a blue ribbon panel assembled by the White House on what to do next.

April 24: Senators float nuclear waste storage draft bill - A bipartisan quartet of senators dropped a draft of a long-awaited bill Thursday that would change how the United States stores nuclear waste.

April 17: Nuclear Energy Radiating on Capitol Hill - Nuclear energy is back in the hot seat. U.S. lawmakers want to know more about the emergency response plans in place if a nuclear accident were to occur as well as what the game plan is to find radioactive nuclear fuel a permanent home.

April 16: New York Nuke Waste in Limbo as Concerns Rise - NEW YORK, Apr 16 (IPS) - Over one million kgs of nuclear waste sit in limbo on the banks of the Hudson River, in dry cask storage units and spent fuel pools just 60 kms north of New York City, according to environmental organisations.

The original plan was to bury the nuclear waste in a national repository deep beneath Yucca Mountain, in the southwestern deserts of the U.S. But that plan fell through when President Barack Obama's administration defunded the project.

April 13: Washington: Observations on the Key Attributes and Challenges of Storage and Disposal Options - The US Government Accountability Office has issued the following news release:
In November 2009, GAO reported on the attributes and challenges of a Yucca Mountain repository. A key attribute identified was that the Department of Energy (DOE) had spent significant resources to carry out design, engineering, and testing activities on the Yucca Mountain site and had completed a license application and submitted it to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has regulatory authority over the construction, operation, and closure of a repository. If the repository had been built as planned, GAO concluded that it would have provided a permanent solution for the nation's commercial nuclear fuel and other nuclear waste and minimized the uncertainty of future waste safety. Constructing the repository also could have helped address issues including federal liabilities resulting from industry lawsuits against DOE related to continued storage of spent nuclear fuel at reactor sites. However, not having the support of the administration and the state of Nevada proved a key challenge. As GAO reported in April 2011, DOE officials did not cite technical or safety issues with the Yucca Mountain repository project when the project's termination was announced but instead stated that other solutions could achieve broader support.

April 12: How Should We Deal With Nuclear Waste? - High-level nuclear waste has been piling up in the U.S. for decades, and we still have no permanent home for it.


April 9: 10 Questions for DOE Nominee Ernest Moniz - Dr. Ernest Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate as next Secretary of Energy, will be taking over a Department wrought with controversy from the past four years. During a time when energy development should be driving the economy forward, pernicious subsidy policies, missing leadership on nuclear waste disposal, and unnecessary limits on conventional fuel development on federal lands have created pointless hurdles to growth.

April 4: Op Ed: San Onofre's other problem - The safe, long-term disposal of radioactive byproducts is our problem, but we're shifting the burden to our descendants.

April 1: Nuclear Waste Disposal Sites Still Rare After All These Years - Nuclear power generation is well established, but efforts worldwide to develop permanent disposal sites for highly radioactive waste remain nascent at best. If this were a horse race, you'd have to say the smaller horses are winning.

March 2013


March 19: Opinion - Yucca Mountain replacement facility in northern Minnesota is an opportunity worth our consideration

March 10: Who Wants the Nuclear Waste?- How could you possibly convince a community to accept nuclear waste in its back yard? Hints: Deal with them honestly, don’t cram it down their throats, and certainly don’t pay them.

March 9: Op-ed: States must be involved in finding a repository for Hanford's nuclear waste - THE leaking tanks at Hanford are yet another reminder of the inability of the United States to properly dispose of its most dangerous nuclear waste. The legacy includes some 100 million gallons of defense waste from the nuclear-weapons program and 70,000 tons (and growing) of spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors. Hanford has the lion's share of the defense waste, with enough liquid waste to fill the tanker cars of a train 26 miles long.

March 5: Obama announces Energy pick - President Barack Obama on Monday nominated MIT professor Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy, tapping a nuclear physicist whose resume includes more than a passing familiarity with radioactive waste.

Moniz, a professor of physics at MIT, drew scattered complaints from the Sierra Club and other left-leaning environmental groups for his support for nuclear power and the development of US shale gas resources as a relatively low-carbon "bridge fuel" to renewables. Still, that criticism is unlikely to cost him any Democratic votes and may well boost his stock with Republicans. Moniz's biggest asset for Obama may be his familiarity with the DOE, where Moniz served as under-secretary for science from 1997-2001 under President Clinton. Unlike outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, a relative newcomer to the Washington political circuit when he took over the DOE four years ago, Moniz brings hands-on experience of many of the department's toughest management challenges, such as clean-up of leaking nuclear waste tanks at its Hanford site and skyrocketing price tags for multi-billion-dollar nuclear weapons facilities now being developed by the National Nuclear Security Administration, the semi-autonomous DOE agency that runs the department's nuclear weapons complex.

March 4: Time for Congress to do more than talk about nuclear waste- Civilian nuclear waste — a problem that was once presumed to have a solution awaiting it deep within Nevada's Yucca Mountain — continues to be warehoused at various sites in 35 states, Pennsylvania and Ohio among them.

February 2013

Feb 28: Aiken group fears SRS could become nation's nuclear dump - some believe SRS could be a top candidate for interim storage.

Feb 27: Sen. Wyden expects draft nuclear waste bill 'shortly'

Feb 24: Nuclear Waste in the Age of Climate Change - Concerns about global warming are giving a boost to nuclear power. And that's bringing new focus — and a possible solution -- to the problem of radioactive waste.

Feb 23: 6 underground tanks holding radioactive waste leaking in Washington state - YAKIMA, Wash. – Six underground tanks holding a mix of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at America's most contaminated nuclear site in Washington, federal and state officials say, posing an eventual risk to groundwater and rivers.

Feb 18: Former Yucca Mountain Chief Questions Nuclear Waste Effort - In the 1980s, Oak Ridge, Tenn. agreed to host an interim facility, Alley notes. In the 90s, the Skull Valley Band Of The Goshute Nation volunteered sovereign land in Utah. And recently Nevada's Nye County wrote to Energy Sec. Steven Chu offering its consent, hoping to revive the abandoned Yucca Mountain site. In all three cases, statewide opposition trumped local consent.

Feb 18: Nuclear waste: too hot to handle? THERE are 437 nuclear power reactors in 31 countries around the world. The number of repositories for high-level radioactive waste? Zero. The typical lifespan of a nuclear power plant is 60 years. The waste from nuclear power is dangerous for up to one million years. Clearly, the waste problem is not going to go away any time soon.

Feb 6: Yucca Must Be Part of Nuclear-Waste Bill, Shimkus Says - Legislation for U.S. disposal of nuclear waste must provide for storage at Yucca Mountain, the head of a House panel overseeing environmental issues said, renewing the debate over the abandoned Nevada site.

Feb 5: Decades-long Yucca Mountain battle could flare up - Nevada's decades-long effort to stop high-level nuclear waste from being stored at Yucca Mountain is nearing a pivotal juncture as it heads toward all-but-certain victory, according to a state official who said Tuesday it was still too soon to declare the fight won.

Feb 1: DOE Secretary Chu, who battled Yucca project, resigns - WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who carried out the Obama administration's plan to shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project and oversaw the distribution of billions of dollars in loans to boost renewable energy, said he will step down from the Cabinet post he's held for four years.

January - 2013

Jan 30: America's Nuclear Dumpsters After Yucca Mountain, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stocking up on guns and ammo.

Jan 22: U.S. Launches 35-Year Quest For A New Yucca Mountain - In what critics are calling a stall tactic, the U.S. Department of Energy revealed late last week it will search for a new permanent depository for the country’s growing stockpile of spent nuclear fuel, with a target opening date of 2048.

Jan 21: EDITORIAL: Boondoggling in Never-Never Land - Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued his report Jan. 11, rubber-stamping the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. This was not surprising since he selected the panel members and imposed restrictions on its purview. Most important was his order that the commission not examine the viability of the nuclear repository already constructed and virtually ready for use: Yucca Mountain.

Jan 11: DOE sets new nuclear waste target date - The Department of Energy set a new 2048 target to open a burial site for nuclear waste - a deadline 50 years later than originally planned.


Jan 7: Deadline advances Yucca lawsuit - Aiken County, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the State of Nevada all agree on two facts related to Yucca Mountain: There is no new money for it, and it is not mentioned in the latest budget. However, the lack of specifically appropriated funds is being taken by both sides of the lawsuit in support of their opposing cases.

Jan 5: NRC pleads lack of funds in Yucca licensing battle - NRC Senior Attorney Charles Mullins said in court papers submitted January 4, in a federal appeals case that the NRC does not have enough money left to proceed toward a license for the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

News - 2012

December 2012

December 16: NUKE MATTERS: Radioactive waste storage at Pilgrim: why it is a concern - Nuclear energy's long-term legacy is well known: radioactive waste that needs to be safely stored for thousands of years. At Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear reactor in Plymouth, operating since 1972, spent nuclear fuel is being stored on site – a solution that is not what was intended when the reactor was built and that is potentially dangerous.

December 15: Scientization Of Politics: The Reason Yucca Mountain Was Cancelled - ....Years earlier, Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid, of Nevada, who was against nuclear waste in any desolate, safe, wasteland in the Nevada desert - classic Not In My Back Yard-ism - held up all of President Bush's executive branch nominations until Bush agreed to put his former aide Gregory Jaczko on the NRC. Why would anyone agree to do that? Well, the media climate was different then. When Republicans hold things up now, we get doomsday prophecies about a fiscal cliff and claims that they're doing it because they don't care about Kwanzaa. But when Democrats did it to Republicans, it was smart politics and completely justified, so Harry Reid was not called anti-science despite the fact that he denied decades of research by scientists to rationalize his personal belief.

December 15: Ruling in Yucca Mountain case pushed into new year: - A federal court decision whether to resume license hearings for a Nevada nuclear waste site has been pushed into next year. An appeals court panel agreed to give the Nuclear Regulatory Commission more time to submit paperwork in the case, setting a new deadline of Jan. 4.

December 15: Why Disposing Of Nuclear Fuel Is Not A "Subsidy": Opinion: One thing that tends to raise my hackles without fail is when the inevitable game of "Name the Energy Subsidy!" comes up, somehow the issue of spent nuclear fuel disposition gets lumped in. Namely because spent fuel management is pretty much the opposite of what is typically thought of as a "subsidy."

December 12: Future of SRS will be discussed at presentation today: -Being a site for storage and possibly recycling of the nation's spent nuclear fuel could be in the future of the Savannah River Site, and a presentation Thursday may offer a blueprint. The Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council is scheduled to hear a presentation from Areva Federal Services Technology Director Paul Murray on "Interim Storage and Recycling of UNF (Used Nuclear Fuel)." SRS is one of many sites with some level of interest in temporary storage facilities being constructed. The permanent home of the nation's spent fuel has been in limbo since President Barack Obama euthanized the Yucca Mountain repository in his first term.

December 5: Yucca Mountain is Dead. Long Live Yucca Mountain! Last October, during the Republican primaries, I made a prediction regarding the future of Yucca Mountain - namely, don't bet on it. Not, of course, because it's particularly deficient on a technical level (it's not perfect, but you can judge the science that went into it for yourself.) But rather, the battle for Yucca mountain left its opponents holding the political high ground - particularly when even none of the Republican hopefuls would defend the site at risk of angering Nevada voters.

November 2012

Nov 12: NV opposition to Yucca Mountain strong as ever- The Obama administration and Reid were instrumental in shutting down the nuclear waste repository site beginning in 2009. Obama's budgets since then have zeroed out funding, and Reid has blocked efforts in Congress to restore money to the project.

A three-judge federal appeals court panel is expected to rule by the end of the year on a lawsuit that would force the Obama administration to resume Yucca Mountain license hearings that were shut down at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

October 2012

Oct 30: Finland Builts Nuclear Waste Dump at Island, while Obama and Merkel lag - Olkiluoto is different from other idyllic islands off Finland’s west coast. Instead of summer cottages where Finns sunbathe and enjoy saunas under tall birch and pine trees, this is where the nation will store its most toxic nuclear waste for the next 100,000 years.

Oct 30: Editorial: Obama, Romney pander on U.S. nuclear waste- Exposure to nuclear waste is dangerous. Exposure to hypocrisy over nuclear waste should also be avoided.

Oct 21: Coming election could signal shift in opposition to Yucca Mountain - For decades, Nevada’s federal and statewide elected officials have had a seemingly uniform mantra on Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste in the state: Hell no. End of conversation.

Oct 12: Prairie Island Indian Community Granted Federal Hearing in Fight against 40 Year Extension of Nuclear Waste Storage - n a filing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this week, the Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) previewed issues it hopes to raise during an early November hearing with the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board – when the tribe will continue its fight against a 40-year extension of onsite nuclear waste storage on Prairie Island. Xcel Energy's initial Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) license expires on Oct. 19, 2013, and in the ongoing absence of a national waste repository like Yucca Mountain, the utility company has applied to extend onsite storage until 2053 – a move PIIC argues could put Minnesotans at considerable risk.

Oct 1: Yucca nuclear waste site proponents push for final court decision - WASHINGTON - Groups that have sued to force the Obama administration to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project are asking federal judges to finalize a decision.

September 2012

Sept 29: Entergy Sues Feds Over Nuclear Waste Forbes - The waste was to have gone to a waste depository, eventually identifeed as the storage site at Yucca Mountain, Nev. But the federal government defunded the Yucca Mountain project in 2011, fulfilling a promise of Obama's 2008 campaign.

Sept 23: Former DOE official would abolish agency, he says in new book - He was writing about his nuclear experience with recommendations for getting the nuclear renaissance back on track, when President Obama announced the termination of the Yucca Mountain, Nev., project to develop a repository for used commercial nuclear waste and high-level radioactive defense waste.

Sept 24: Spent Nuclear Fuel a Growing Concern, GAO Reports - Since the proposed Yucca Mountain National Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada became a memory in 2009, America's commercial nuclear reactors have accumulated nearly 70,000 metric tons of radioactive nuclear waste. Sooner-than-later, the lack of a place to dispose of it will become a real problem, says the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Sept 13: How the candidates for president stand on Yucca Mountain: Obama -

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Obama decreed in 2009 that he won’t let nuclear waste be stored at Yucca Mountain, rejecting the project after 20 years of planning at a cost of at least $9 billion. Nevada opponents and environmental groups had filed lawsuits seeking to block the storage project on grounds that Yucca Mountain could be subject to earthquakes and that transporting waste across 43 states would create a hazard and a potential target for terrorists. Under Obama’s budget plan, the administration will devise a new strategy on waste. Spending on Yucca Mountain will be limited.

Romney -

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Romney’s position on the Yucca Mountain site calls for the people of Nevada to decide whether they want the nuclear waste and to determine what they should get if they do want it. “The idea that 49 states can tell Nevada, ‘We want to give you our nuclear waste,’ doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Romney said.

Sept 13: Separate Hanford, commerical waste, Cantwell tells U.S. Commission - Hanford and other nuclear weapons waste should be considered separately as the nation wrestles with the issue of waste disposal, said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., on Tuesday.

Sept 13: UT scientists patent technology to cope with heat buildup in nuclear fusion - A team of University of Texas physicists has patented a technology that could solve a major drawback of nuclear power — radioactive waste.

Sept 7: Green groups oppose shipping hot waste to SR - The federal government has been trying to decide what to do with spent fuel created by the nation’s 104 atomic energy plants since President Barack Obama chose in 2009 to abandon the Yucca Mountain, Nev., disposal site.

August 2012

August 22: Nuclear Cover-Up Threatens Great Lakes Region

August 21: Most of last jobs at Yucca Mountain project expire next month - Sources close to the beleaguered Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project said Tuesday that jobs will expire in September for the last two dozen workers who transferred to another Department of Energy program amid hundreds of layoffs in 2010.

August 20: Hanford's 'safe' storage tanks: Leaking again? A 3-foot piece of highly radioactive gunk may or may not have just leaked out of Hanford's supposedly solid, double-walled storage tanks.

August 20: Restart the Yucca project - Nuclear plants in South Carolina and Georgia were given the go-ahead by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission early in 2012 - the first approved for construction in 34 years.

August 13: Nuclear Power Schizophrenia - It should come as no surprise that environmentalists oppose the use of nuclear energy in the same way they oppose coal or the fracking technology that is unlocking huge new reserves of natural gas. Currently nuclear energy provides about twenty percent of the electricity used in the U.S. Their attack on coal—led by the Obama administration—has driven its use down from just over fifty percent a few years ago to about 47% today.

August 10: Obama, Reid block solution to nuke-waste issue - Here’s an area in which President Obama and his fellow Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have allowed local partisan politics to override the clear national interest.

August 10: Waste Issue Halts U.S. Nuclear Reactor Licensing - ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug 9 2012 (IPS) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees commercial nuclear power enterprises, has halted the issuance of all new nuclear reactor licensing decisions after a court ruling citing the failure of industry and government to identify an acceptable solution for the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Nineteen final reactor licensing decisions are affected, including nine Construction and Operating Licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.

August 9: An Uncertain Phase for Nuclear Power Licenses - In a rare action, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acceded to a petition filed by anti-nuclear groups that it halt some licensing activities until the agency can sort out its troubled policy on nuclear waste. The groups, two dozen of them, are sounding triumphant, as if they have brought the industry to its knees.

August 9: Mitt Romney Tries to Neutralize Yucca Mountain Issue in Quest for Nevada - "I think the people of Nevada ought to have the final say as to whether they want that, and my guess is that for them to say yes to something like that, someone's going to have to offer them a pretty good deal, as opposed to having the federal government jam it down their throat."

August 9: Nuclear Waste Storage Rules Thrown Out by U.S. Court - The federal government has decided to hold off on any further final re-licensing of any nuclear power plants, including the one in Limerick, until it resolves the court decision ruling that the storage of spent nuclear fuel at those plants can no longer be considered “temporary.”

August 8: NRC suspends nuclear plant licensing for lack of nuclear waste disposal - Following a petition filed by 24 environmental groups on June 18 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) suspended, yesterday, decisions on at least 19 nuclear reactor licensing decisions. The halt affects nine construction & operating licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit. The decision came in response to the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8(th) by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

August 8: Yucca Mountain gets potential nudge - A federal court, in response to a lawsuit filed by Aiken County and the states of South Carolina and Washington, has indicated that it might force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to continue its work to determine if Yucca Mountain is suitable as a site for a national nuclear waste repository. The decision — which hints at an official ruling sometime after mid-December — gives Congress an opportunity to move forward on the waste site that has long been authorized by federal law to hold the nation’s spent nuclear fuel.

August 7: Yucca Mountain Ruling will have to Wait - Court Considers Budget Issues ....A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has decided to wait a few months before deciding whether to order the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to restart license review of the Department of Energy (DOE) application to develop a nuclear waste repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.

August 6: Yucca Mountain court case on hold - US appeal court judges have ruled that a case seeking a resumption of licensing work for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain will be put on hold, despite agreeing that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) cannot legally give up work on the application.

August 5: - COURT DECISION ON YUCCA PROCEEDINGS 'DELAYS"THE INEVITABLE,' NARUC SAYS - National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) issued the following statement - "At first blush, todays decision seems to delay for a few months the inevitable that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be required to continue its review of the Yucca Mountain license application. This is a small victory for consumers of nuclear utilities who have paid more than $30 billion over the past 30 years into this stalled program. Todays decision puts the burden on Congress to follow up on the law it passed in 1982 and ensure the NRC has the funding it needs so its review can continue. While we would have preferred that the court act now instead of waiting on Congress, it seems clear that the majority of the judges favor our request that the agency be ordered back to work."

August 5: Wilson Hopeful For Progress with Yucca Mountain- Joe Wilson, SC Congressman - "Today's decision by the United States District of Columbia's Court of Appeals regarding Aiken County's petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a tremendous victory for South Carolina, as well as the rest of the nation. Although action should be taken before December 14, the Court sent a very clear message to Congress and the Obama Administration: Continue the licensing review to open Yucca Mountain or we will issue a writ of mandamus and require immediate action. Congress has already taken the proper steps by appropriating funding for Yucca Mountain. Over the past twenty-nine years, South Carolina taxpayers have paid over $1.3 billion for this project, making our state the third highest contributor. By delaying action on the Yucca licensing application, the Obama Administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are clearly placing politics over sound energy policy. It is my hope that the Commission will do the right thing and approve Yucca's application process prior to the December 14th decision."

August 4: Court Weighs an Order on Nuclear Waste Site in Nevada — A federal appeals court indicated Friday that it would issue an order for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume an evaluation of a possible nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, a volcanic ridge in the Nevada desert, unless ... See all stories on this topic » Appeals court puts off ruling on Yucca Mountain The Associated Press Appeals court puts off ruling on Yucca Mountain.

August 4: An appeals court has put off deciding whether to force the government to act on a license for a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

August 3: Post-Yucca Mountain bill still a work in progress - A new plan to manage thousands of tons of the nation's nuclear waste was unveiled this week by a senator who conceded it is very much a work in progress.

August 2: Senator's bill may usher in more congenial era of nuclear waste policy -How the conversation proceeds next Congress, however, will be drastically affected by what transpires in the elections this November. While both presidential candidates have endorsed a consultative approach to siting nuclear waste disposal facilities, Republicans in Congress have already pledged to use their power to restart activity at Yucca Mountain through appropriations if they are able to win the majority of both houses of Congress.

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Workers at the Yucca Mountain Project, Nev., begin their day at the tunnel's entrance, in this May 9, 2000 file photo. A federal appeals court on Friday, July 9, 2004 rejected Nevada's arguments against a building a nuclear waste site in the state, but ordered the government to develop a plan to protect the public against radiation releases beyond the proposed 10,000 years. Source: AP

July 2012

July 30: Someone needs to talk Harry Reid down from the ledge - In an interview with The Huffington Post Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Dramatic-Nev.) spewed a thick, smelly stream of hate at Bill Magwood, a Democratic member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

July 30: Bill Magwood, NRC Democrat, Is 'Treacherous, Miserable Liar' And 'First-Class Rat,' Says Harry Reid -In June, Magwood's internal wrangling against Jaczko culminated in the chairman's resignation. Magwood was immediately floated as a replacement chairman, but the Obama administration, aware of Reid's opinion of Magwood, passed him over. The term of the new chair, Allison Macfarlane, ends in 2013.

July 30: Duncan's energy bill wins Conservative support
Workers at the Yucca Mountain Project, Nev., begin their day at the tunnel's entrance, in this May 9, 2000 file photo. A federal appeals court on Friday, July 9, 2004 rejected Nevada's arguments against a building a nuclear waste site in the state, but ...

July 28: Limerick nuclear power plant has 1143 metric tons of uranium spent fuel on site- “Limerick has 1,143 metric tons of uranium spent fuel on site. At Limerick, the waste is stored above the ground in pools and in casks. It is 20 feet above the groundwater, and it is on the Schuylkill River, which is 40 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That is where we currently store high-level nuclear waste.”

July 26: Citizens Advisory Board hopes Savannah River Site will not become interim spent fuel site - The fate of more than 75,000 tons spent fuel stored at the nation's 104 operating commercial power reactors is in limbo because the government's planned nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain was halted.

July 25: NRC chief seeks distance from Yucca criticism - The new chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission distanced herself Tuesday from earlier criticism of Yucca Mountain, telling lawmakers she will have an "open mind" on the project still lingering at the agency.

July 25: OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House moves on 'No More Solyndras' bill

July 24: The week ahead: House Energy Committee set to tackle Yucca Mountain, Solyndra federal loan program

July 11: New US NRC chairman taps DOE official to be chief of staff - The head of a US Department of Energy working group reviewing recommendations for a new national strategy on nuclear waste will be the chief of staff for US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane.

July 6: Hope Is Not Enough: The Path to Waste Confidence - From Yucca Mountain to reactor design certifications and post-Fukushima reforms, incoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chair Allison Macfarlane has a multitude of issues before her. One of the most critical and least understood is the “waste confidence” mess caused by the Obama Administration’s nuclear waste policies.

July 3: Senate confirms new Nuclear Regulatory chief - The Senate on Friday followed through on a bipartisan agreement and confirmed geologist Allison MacFarlane to lead the troubled Nuclear Regulatory Commission, also approving the reappointment of Kristine Svinicki for another five-year term.

July 2: Nuclear waste on the back burner?- slow caravan passing through Seabrook, N.H., this week carrying enormous "dry casks" for storing spent nuclear rods is a visible reminder that our nation still desperately needs to find a solution to its nuclear waste problem.

June 2012

June 25: SRS awaits Energy Department nuclear waste strategy - The fate of Savannah River Site’s high-level nuclear waste could become clearer by the end of July, when U.S. Energy Department officials brief Congress on a new national disposal strategy.

June 25: Court: Nuclear Waste Fee Review Due - A federal court has denounced as "farfetched" Energy Secretary Steven Chu's reason for refusing to reevaluate annual fees for the long-delayed storage of nuclear waste. Nuclear utilities, which pay the fees, sought the reassessment following termination of the Yucca Mountain repository project.

June 20: Is Hanford stuck with the hot waste? Yucca Mountain, rejected by the Obama adminstration, was the only option for taking away the glass logs supposed to seal the radioactive waste. Few but Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee seem to think Yucca Mountain remains viable.

June 20: Solution to nuclear waste remains in limbo - Nearly four decades later, a permanent solution to America's commercial nuclear waste problem remains so distant on the political horizon that politicians, bureaucrats and scientists are now staking out new political territory.

June 20: Nuclear waste: why environmentalists are pressing NRC on reactor licenses- After a US appeals court ruled the NRC had not adequately evaluated nuclear waste provisions when licensing reactors, the groups are seeking to ensure the public has input on the process.

June 19: A Federal Court May Have Finally Ended The Nuclear Waste Storage Fight- The New York Times' Matt Wald reports a federal appeals court has ruled the country's Nuclear Regulatory Commission must recognize that nuclear waste will now almost certainly end up staying on premises.

June 19: Nuclear Waste Must be Considered in Plant Relicensing- A June 8 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. could impact the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision on re-licensing California's two nuclear plants, as well as dozens of others across the nation.

June 14: Wasteland: the 50-year battle to entomb our toxic nuclear remains- In the desert and in Washington DC, a war still rages to find the one place in America that no one cares about

June 14: Two Nuclear Nominees Get a Hearing - President Obama's nominee to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said at a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that the nuclear industry's share of American electricity production, steady at 20 percent for the last decade, could decline in coming years. Nonetheless, a diverse electricity supply requires continued use of nuclear power, she said.

June 14: NRC Nominees Closer to Confirmation After U.S. Senate Hearing -

June 14: Europe makes big bets on nuclear waste burial - EURAJOKI, Finland/BURE, France, - On a small Finnish island and deep in remote rural France, far from the debates and doubts that followed Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, the ground work is underway for a commitment to atomic power for the long term - the very long term.

June 13: New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that he has won a landmark victory in a suit against the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) challenging a Commission finding that the long-term storage of radioactive waste at the nation's nuclear power plants is safe and has no adverse environmental impacts. This decision means that the NRC cannot license or re-license any nuclear power plant, including the Indian Point facility in Westchester County, until it examines the dangers and consequences of long-term on-site storage of nuclear waste. PressZoom

Nuclear plansJune 12:

Questions the Senate Should Ask NRC Nominee Allison Macfarlane -The Foundry - The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing tomorrow on the nomination of Allison Macfarlane and the re-nomination of Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Though questioning of both nominees is important, Svinicki has already gone through one confirmation hearing and numerous other oversight hearings and has ably served one term as a commissioner. By any reasonable standard, she meets the qualifications to serve another term.

Much less is known about Macfarlane.......

Kristine Svinicki June 11: Political dynamics heighten interest in review of NRC nominees - Former Harry Reid aide Gregory Jaczko’s tenure at the top of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission comes one step closer to its end Wednesday, when a Senate committee convenes to review a pair of nominees — one the Obama administration’s pick to replace him.

The Senate Environment and Public Works committee will grill Kristine Svinicki, a Republican commissioner, and Allison Macfarlane, a Democratic nominee, about where they stand on a host of issues concerning the NRC, not the least of which is Yucca Mountain.


June 11: Court Issues NRC Another Rebuke on Spent Fuel Policies - A court ruling Friday will force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reevaluate the environmental impact of storing spent fuel at nuclear plants around the country in the absence of a waste repository at Yucca Mountain or one like it.

June 11: Confronting America's Nuclear-Waste Dilemma - The seemingly never-ending quandary of how to handle radioactive waste from the country's 104 nuclear reactors has been top of mind among Washington's policymakers. Last week, House Republicans again included at least $35 million in their FY13 appropriations bill for the Energy Department that would pay for resuming the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing review process and other work at Yucca Mountain, the nuclear waste repository site in Nevada that President Obama nixed in 2009. - National Journal

June 11: Atomic 'Agnostic' Named for U.S. NRC Ties Industry Growth to Aid - Bloomberg President Barack Obama’s pick to head the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said atomic power can’t grow without government subsidies, criticized an industry-supported plan to dispose of spent fuel in Nevada, and said she was drawn to nuclear research because she got bored with geology.

June 11: Court decision heightens pressure for US nuclear waste solution - Press TV
A national plan adopted in the 1990s called for a permanent geologic storage facility to be built at Yucca Mountain, near the former nuclear weapons test site in Nevada, but that plan ran into sharp local opposition, fueled in part by scientific ...

June 10 — N.R.C. Nomination Shines Spotlight on Waste-Disposal Issue — WASHINGTON — When the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meets on Wednesday to consider President Obama’s choice to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, three themes are likely to dominate the questioning: waste, waste and earthquakes —

June 08 — Ruling reopens debate on Yucca Mountain —WASHINGTON - Federal judges on Friday tossed out a regulation that allowed nuclear waste to be stored at reactors for 100 years or more and that cleared a way for the Obama administration to scrap the Yucca Mountain repository — Stephens Washington Bureau [More Coverage —

June 08 — Moving From Square One on Nuclear Waste — The idea that the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada is dead has not gone down well in Congress, where some Republicans are trying to allocate new money to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission so it can revive its evaluation of the site’s suitability.

June 08 — US bucks global trend of closing down nuclear power stations — ENN

June 06 — House backs revival of Yucca repository WASHINGTON - The House voted by a wide margin Wednesday to restore a slice of funding for the Yucca Mountain repository, signaling it remains unhappy with President Barack Obama's decision to terminate the nuclear waste project — STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

June 2: Yucca Mountain once again looked at to store nuclear waste - The question of where to store nuclear waste has congress again looking at Yucca Mountain. Two years ago federal regulators began moving away from a plan to store spent nuclear fuel at the site. They were concerned about the safety of shipping ...

June 2: U.S. Given Six Months to Justify Nuclear-Waste Fees- The US Energy Department must justify the $750 million it collects annually from the atomic power industry for waste disposal given that it no longer plans to develop a depository at Yucca Mountain. A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in....

June 2: U.S. Given Six Months to Justify Nuclear-Waste Fees- The US Energy Department must justify the $750 million it collects annually from the atomic power industry for waste disposal given that it no longer plans to develop a depository at Yucca Mountain. A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in....

June 1: Scientist Nominated To Lead NRC Has Livermore Connections - Livermore Independent-One news article suggested that during the nomination process, she will face tough questions from Republicans who want to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal program in Nevada. MacFarlane has studied the Yucca Mountain program in detail ...

June 1: House members slam Obama on Yucca Mountain policy The Hill- Republicans and Democrats in the House slammed the Obama administration's plan to close the nuclear waste disposal site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, as both praised a bill that would keep that site open, ...

June 1: Judge Losing Patience with Government on Nuclear Waste Fees Although there are no plans on the horizon for a new nuclear waste repository to replace Yucca Mountain, the Department of Energy can continue collecting fees from energy producers to pay for it - at least for now. But in a sharply-worded opinion ...

June 1: Appeals courts criticizes Energy Department over billions paid into nuclear ... Washington Post The Obama administration has moved to close a nuclear dump planned at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. A spokeswoman said the Energy Department will comply with the order. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

June 1: Appeals Court Hits DOE Over Nuclear Waste Fee ABC News The money has sat idle for decades amid disputes about how to dispose of the waste. The Obama administration has moved to close a nuclear dump planned at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. A spokeswoman said the Energy Department will comply with the order.

May 2012

May 31: New federal grant bolsters UNLV research on nuclear waste storage - its isotopes have wide-ranging applications that are just beginning to be discovered, most notably in the field of nuclear medicine, but for a team of UNLV researchers toiling in the long shadow of Yucca Mountain, perhaps the most important question is ...To further that goal, two UNLV research teams recently received a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fund three more years of research into new storage methods that will neutralize the radioactive element and make it safe for long-term storage.

May 31: New Nuclear Chief Can Act Fast on Yucca, Fukushima Fixes Bloomberg Allison Macfarlane, an associate professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University and President Barack Obama's choice to succeed Jaczko, is an expert on the subject of atomic waste who has argued that Yucca Mountain is unfit for ...

May 31: Japan: Scientists have found radioactive materials in tuna fish Guardian Express With our proximity to the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain, many Nevadans have spent a greater amount of time considering the environmental and health impacts of radioactive contamination than residents in many other states.

May 29: Flap clarifies Idaho's nuclear waste stand The Idaho Statesman Cecil Andrus disagreed with that decision, saying it was the first sign that the federal government was looking for interim storage for the 70000 tons of waste that had been planned for final storage at Yucca

May 29: There's More to the Story on Obama's Pick for America's Top Nuclear Regulator (blog) She is a vocal opponent of Yucca Mountain. Harry Reid, check. She is on board with many of the post-Fukushima safety reforms. EPW Chair Barbara Boxer, check. And she is pro-nuclear, Senate Republicans, check. Tying this all nicely together is that fact ...

May 28: There's More to the Story on Obama's Pick for America's Top Nuclear Regulator

May 26: House Republicans respond to nomination of Macfarlane for NRC Chair

May 25: Obama names Yucca Mountain critic Allison Macfarlane to lead Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Moving quickly to stem a controversy, President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated an expert on nuclear waste to lead the federal agency that regulates the nation's nuclear power plants.

May 22: Nuclear Commission Gregory Jaczko Calls It Quits - Jaczko will remain in office until his replacement is appointed by the White House and confirmed by the Senate, likely later this fall. Many industry cynics see reason to believe the Obama administration will leave the decision of a replacement to Reid, who is likely to support another opponent of the Yucca project. Yet Jaczko’s resignation still illustrates the influence of the nuclear industry. Last year, the U.S. government approved two new nuclear power plants—the first in nearly 35 years. Sites for more are currently under consideration.

May 21: Group seeks funding for nuclear energy research park - Directors of a Reno group that wants to establish a nuclear energy research park at the Nevada National Security Site were knocking on doors in Washington last week in an attempt to nurture the idea. May 21: NRC Chairman Jaczko resigns- Gregory Jaczko, whose leadership of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission became increasingly rocky after he ordered the agency to halt studies on Yucca Mountain, announced Monday that he is resigning as chairman. May 21: Gregory Jaczko Resigns: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Steps Down - Under a withering assault from the industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko is stepping down, effective upon the confirmation of his successor, according to a statement from Jaczko. May 18: Deciding Where Nuclear Waste Goes - opinion

May 21: NRC Chairman Jaczko resigns- Gregory Jaczko, whose leadership of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission became increasingly rocky after he ordered the agency to halt studies on Yucca Mountain, announced Monday that he is resigning as chairman.

May 21: Gregory Jaczko Resigns: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Steps Down - Under a withering assault from the industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko is stepping down, effective upon the confirmation of his successor, according to a statement from Jaczko.

May 17: Nuclear officials should proceed with Yucca Mountain review

May 14: Finland's brilliant plan for dealing with nuclear waste: pulling a Keyser Söze - After decades of planning and $12 billions of investment, the United States grand plan to dispose of the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada's remote Yucca Mountain melted down in political rancor like... well, kind of like a nuclear plant melting down. The Obama Administration pulled the plug on funding the project without specifying any technical problems, leaving the Government Accountability Office to conclude it was done for purely political reasons.

May 14: The Thing That Couldn't Die: Yucca Battle Continues in Congress and in the Courts - As Republican members of Congress try to exert pressure on Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer (whose committee has jurisdiction over the NRC) to quickly confirm Svinicki, two states with heaping helpings of nuclear waste have gone to court to make sure that the Yucca repository is kept, if not on track, at least on life support.

May 13: Opinion - Licensure process must continue for Yucca nuclear waste site

May 13: Debate continues over proposed nuclear waste facility- The debate on what to do with America's spent nuclear fuel and other contaminated waste products is a hot topic. Recently, the Republican-controlled Arizona State Legislature endorsed the state to become home to the nation's first permanent nuclear recycling and waste storage site, and there's a possibility it could be placed in the Gila Valley's back yard.

May 13: Nuclear story was disappointing, disservice to community- The line continues to be blurred between fact and opinion in today's media, and Sunday's Courier served another example with a misleading and fear-inducing "news" article ("State Legislature endorses Arizona as dumping ground for nuclear waste").

May 12: TVA nuclear waste storage pact has hot history - The nuclear disaster in Japan and the abandonment of a spent fuel repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., have prompted TVA to consider a $298 million contract for giant concrete and steel casks to store nuclear waste outside its operating plants.

May 10: Opinion - Uncle Sam, derelict nuclear-waste disposer - Enter the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository. The debate over Yucca Mountain has gone on for decades. But this week, a federal appeals court heard arguments that could result in a court order forcing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to complete its long-overdue review of the Yucca proposal.

May 10: Site fight - In arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit, states and municipalities seeking to dump their nuclear waste in Nevada made their case for a court ruling to re-start the Yucca Mountain suitability process, shut down after Congress failed to fund it.

May 7: Dry cask storage to house spent fuel locally - Spent fuel at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station units 1 and 2 in Scriba will be transported to storage sites on the grounds surrounding the power plants this summer, according to officials of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, owner of the two units.

May 7: Nuclear Energy Won't Die - Some thought that nuclear energy may get buried after the Japanese Fukushima deluge. But the rumblings in this country are suggesting that it won't die.

May 7: Dry cask storage to house spent fuel locally - Spent fuel at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station units 1 and 2 in Scriba will be transported to storage sites on the grounds surrounding the power plants this summer, according to officials of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, owner of the two units.

May 6: What if Yucca Mountain becomes a repository for data? - When Congress gets back to town this week, two items will be up for discussion that, as we reported last week, will heavily interest Nevada: cybersecurity and Yucca Mountain.

May 6: Politics, the law and Yucca Mountain

May 5: State Legislature endorses Arizona as dumping ground for nuclear waste: Safford area one of five potential locations -if the Republican-controlled Arizona State Legislature has its way, the state could become the nation's dumping ground for nuclear waste.

May 5: South Carolina suing federal goverment over $1.4 billion state paid for nuclear storage

May 5: Is Yucca Mountain Still Dead? - New York Times

May 4: Spokesman changes his tune on Yucca Mountain — because he must Greg Lemon spinning the opposite direction with Joe Heck's team after stint with congressman who advocated for the nuclear waste site

May 4: Fuel for the Fire -

May 4:Yucca Mountain May Get Second Life Courts looking into this - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit could rule within the next few months on whether the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) should be forced to reopen its license case for the Yucca Mountain spent fuel repository in Nevada, even though the Obama administration has no interest in developing the much-debated nuclear waste site.

May 4: Congressman Wilson introduces bill to bring back Yucca, says project is 'safe'

May 4: Yucca backers pressing issue - upporters of a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to move forward on a licensing plan for the long-delayed project.

May 2: Funding issues behind decision to end Yucca licensing: US NRC attorney- A US Nuclear Regulatory Commission attorney told a federal appeals court Wednesday that the agency ended its review of the Yucca Mountain repository license application last year because it was apparent Congress would not fund the work.

May 2: SC may sue Obama administration again if Aiken Co. lawsuit fails

May 2: Federal appeals court hears arguments on Yucca Mountain project - It may seem like the sort of question best reserved for psychics’ studios and self-help literature, but it’s also likely to determine how the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rules in the case that several states and Nye County have brought against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding Yucca Mountain

May 2: Appeals court hears arguments over Yucca Mountain- Supporters of a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to move forward on a licensing plan for the long-delayed project.

April 2012

April 30: States seek court action on Yucca nuclear-waste dump

April 30: South Carolina seek court action over N-waste dump An appeals-court panel will hear arguments Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in a lawsuit filed by South Carolina and Washington state seeking an end to a political stalemate over the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository.

WASHINGTON — Federal judges are again being asked to solve a difficult problem that lawmakers can't fix: the decades-old morass of how to handle tons of nuclear waste in temporary storage around the country.

April 30: NRC Commish's Stunning Lack of Candor Should Make President Rethink Renomination

April 30: Congress Goes Nuclear - The short version is this bill is consent-based, meaning the Feds can’t just pick a site and force it down a State’s throat, but have to wait for someone to bid for it and requires approval of the Governor, any affected Tribes, and the local representatives of that State.

April 30: Protecting South Carolina's interests at Yucca Mountain - The message is now very clear: Abide by the law, or pay the price.

April 27: Nuclear power waste and storage facility proposed for Ariz. - Could Arizona become the next dumping ground for nuclear waste? That's exactly what one Arizona lawmaker is proposing.

April 26: BILL ALLOTS $25 MIL FOR YUCCA MOUNTAIN Republicans and Democrats on the committee did agree that the Obama administration's decision to terminate the long-planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada was misguided and "counter to the law." The committee bill attempts to fix that by providing DOE with $25 million to work on a solution to storing commercial nuclear waste, but only if it is directed at Yucca Mountain. Also, the bill would bar DOE from spending any funds to eliminate the option of Yucca Mountain as a waste site. Those measures could face opposition in the Senate, however, where Senator Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat and majority leader, has vowed the Yucca Mountain repository will never be built. In fact, an appropriations bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Tuesday provided no funds for Yucca Mountain. It did, however, include a provision that would create a DOE pilot program for siting and developing an interim consolidated storage site for commercial spent nuclear waste. The Senate Appropriations Committee is set to take up its own version of the energy and water development appropriations bill on Thursday. That bill would provide DOE with $27.1 billion in 2013, an increase of $1.38 billion above fiscal 2012. That is $1 billion above the $26.1 billion provided by the House committee.

April 25: Senate Panel Advances Bill for Temporary Nuclear Storage Sites - A Senate committee proposed letting U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu begin the process to build temporary storage sites for nuclear waste in communities that seek such a facility.

April 25: Amodei's efforts to strike Republican compromise on Yucca faces first real test - When the House Appropriations committee votes on an annual Energy and Water package today, Nevadans might want to brace for some powerful deja vu: Just like last year, House Republican leaders want to spend $35 million to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project over Nevada lawmakers’ objections, all but setting up a repeat of last year’s fights.

April 25: Lawmakers mount new bid to revive Yucca Mountain - House lawmakers supporting the Yucca Mountain repository plan to advance a bill this week that would set aside $35 million to revive the controversial nuclear waste site.

April 25: Bill to ease radioactive rules makes some in Missouri worry -An amendment quietly added to legislation in the Missouri House would make it easier -- and far less expensive -- for a Canadian company to ship radioactive material through the state.

April 25: Should nukes be nullified? The debate over nuclear energy has remained inconclusive with environmentalists and the nuclear industry at loggerheads. Antony P U discusses the effects of nuclear waste on the environment while suggesting alternate sources of energy.

April 24: U.S. Sen. Dean Heller Calls On Congress To Continue Defunding Of Yucca Mountain - U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., today sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of both the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations asking them to continue defunding the proposed high level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

April 24: Senate bill takes first new step on nuke waste - Sen. Dianne Feinstein unveiled a bill Tuesday that she said takes a first step, though admittedly a small one, to relocate thousands of tons of nuclear waste left in limbo by the cancellation of the Yucca Mountain repository.

April 23: Republicans Push Spending to Dump Waste in Reid Back Yard - A proposed nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas that the U.S. Senate’s top Democrat has spent years trying to kill is back on the congressional agenda as Republicans are pushing for it in spending bills.

April 20: NRC leader fights abuse accusations - RC Chairman Gregory Jaczko denied accusations he abuses women in the workplace, a charge that has resurfaced in the latest fight in Congress over the nuclear safety agency.

April 19: Obama Defies Reid On Key Appointment - Reuters reported that Obama will renominate Svinicki despite the majority leader's objection, setting up an intra-party battle over Reid's signature issue, Yucca Mountain. A White House aide confirmed that Obama will indeed renominate Svinicki.

April 19: Obama to renominate Republican member of Nuclear Regulatory Commission - President Barack Obama will nominate Republican Kristine Svinicki to a new term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite opposition from two top Democratic senators.

April 19: Old tensions return as Republican senators demand NRC member be reappointed - Old tensions at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are surfacing again as Republican leaders banded together Wednesday to issue a demand to the president: Renominate Commissioner Kristine Svinicki, whose term is expiring, or else.

April 19: Energy bill would keep Yucca open - A bill introduced this month by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) calls for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada to remain open.

April 19: RPT-Turmoil at U.S. nuclear regulator spills into Congress- A toxic internal battle that has scarred the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as it works on historic reforms now threatens to hold up the work of the U.S. Senate as leaders spar over an opening on the five-member panel.

April 18: NRC Nomination Revives Political Fight - At issue is whether Republican Kristine Svinicki, who has criticized the current chairman, will be renominated to the five-member board before her term ends on June 30.

April 18: Bill legalizing fracking in NC will be taken up in May session -RALEIGH A state Senate committee on energy policy on Wednesday approved a proposal to legalize fracking in North Carolina in a little more than two years, and during that period establish a new regulations to ensure the environmentally sensitive process of natural gas extraction is done safely.

April 17: Bill gives big increase for fossil fuels research - Fossil fuels and nuclear energy are big winners in the House Appropriations Committee’s energy and water spending bill that was released Tuesday...An additional $765 million would go to nuclear energy research and demonstration, about the same amount as 2012, as well as $25 million to keep Yucca Mountain in Nevada operational.

April 10: US NRC should consider work on new repository regulation: chairman - US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko said Tuesday he believes the agency should begin looking at how to proceed with the development of a generic repository licensing regulation to replace those tailored to a repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

April 9: Letter to the Editor Who made Harry Reid king of the USA?-Your pungent April 5 editorial, "Derail this gravy train," on the boondoggle of running a train from Las Vegas to nowhere — er, make that Victorville, Calif. — was exactly on point. And its political backdrop raises a troubling question. While I confess to a strong preference for U.S. Senate Democratic leadership rather than that of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), I have to wonder about the slack accorded Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) in his parochialism on issues that go well beyond Nevada. First, he cons 2008 presidential nominee Barack Obama into prematurely abandoning the proposal to place a nuclear waste complex at Yucca Mountain. Now he's asking the taxpayers' indulgence of his high-speed-rail fantasies. Is it heretical to ponder a tipping point between such self-serving scheming and the national interest?

April 5: Going Nuclear - NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko discusses nuclear's future and agency turmoil. Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has had a tough year. The normally obscure agency was thrust into the limelight after a triple meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011. Since then, even while the regulator has been wracked by a very public internal feud, it has also moved forward, issuing the first construction and operating licenses for new U.S. nuclear reactors in almost 35 years. The embattled chairman spoke with National Journal about the challenges of his job. Edited excerpts follow.

March 2012

March 20: Solving Nuclear Storage Issues - The desire to meet the requirements of an increasingly energy hungry world, without the carbon emissions associated with fossil-fuel-fired power plants, has caused many utility companies to consider nuclear energy.

March 19: Energy is top concern, Sensenbrenner says - The high cost of energy is the No. 1 issue on the minds of his constituents, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, said in a stop at the Watertown Daily Times on Friday.

March 17: Comments Print E-mail Share Nye County, Sandoval clash over future of Yucca - Despite the tough words earlier this week by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear dump is still alive.

March 14: NRC unites on safety, but rift remains - Members of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) testified regarding new safety rules during a hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Thursday, presenting a united front despite ongoing divisions over controversial issues such as nuclear waste.

March 13:Graham wants Yucca fees repaid in rebates to electricity customers in S.C. - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has a simple lesson in consumer economics for the federal government: We paid for something we didn’t get, so please give us our money back.

March 12: Nevadans Surveyed About Yucca Mountain - A new survey shows more Nevadans are in favor of turning opening up Yucca Mountain as an energy research park.

Public Opinion Strategies surveyed 500 likely voters last month. Of them, 62% said they supported the created of a research park, for the study of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel. 34% said the Yucca Mountain should be closed entirely, and 2% of respondents were undecided.

In Washoe County, 60% of those surveyed are in support and 37% are opposed. In just Reno, 64% are in support, with 32% opposed. In Clark County, 61% of residents support it, with 36% opposed. 75% of rural residents supported the opening of the site, with 17% opposed.

Among party registration, 73% of Republicans, 66% of Independents, and 50% of Democrats are in support of the research park. 70% of labor union house holds support creating the park, while 68% of teacher union members support it.

March 12: US Senate bill would force nuclear waste fee rebate if Yucca not revived - Legislation introduced in the US Senate Monday would require the US president to certify within 30 days of the bill's passage that Nevada's Yucca Mountain remains the preferred site for a US nuclear waste repository. If the president fails to do so, all money in the Nuclear Waste Fund would be returned to utilities with 75% of that going back to utility customers, according to a statement Senator Lindsey Graham's office issued. The remainder would be used for upgrades at nuclear power plants storing spent fuel, it said.

March 12: Gov. Sandoval Says Nevada Does Not Want Nuclear Waste, But New Poll Shows Support For Research Facility - Gov. Brian Sandoval sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today making it clear that he does not support any type of nuclear waste disposal or interim storage at Yucca Mountain.

March 9: A NEW BEGINNING IN NEVADA - A large majority of Nevada voters say Yucca Mountain should be opened From a statewide survey of 500 likely voters in Nevada, conducted February 21-23, 2012 by Glen Bolger at Public Opinion Strategies.

March 12: U.S. Senate bill: President must allow the Yucca Mountain repository or give rebates: A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last week calls for the president to be required to allow the operation of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository or make rebate payments to South Carolina ratepayers who have contributed more than $1.3 billion toward the repository to date.

March 10: Alexander thinks incentives might spur communities to accept nuclear waste - Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a nuclear power advocate, is working to turn into legislation the recommendations made in January by the Blue Ribbon Commission, a group appointed by President Barack Obama to move the country out of nuclear-waste limbo.

March 10: Nuclear Waste - Leave well alone -OF ALL THE difficulties nuclear power is heir to, that of waste has most fired the public imagination. Building power plants that last a century is one thing; creating waste that will be dangerous for 100 times as long is another. For decades America has failed to create a long-term repository for the waste from its civilian reactors at its chosen site, Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Most other countries have similarly failed, so the waste from today’s reactors piles up.

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March 9: Nye officials give consent to burying nuke waste - With the federal government embarking on a new "consent-based" search for someplace to dispose of nuclear waste, officials in Nye County sent a reminder this week that they still consent to burying it at Yucca Mountain.

March 9: Fukushima disaster halts progress of nuclear power in the US - On February 9, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the construction of two new nuclear reactors near Augusta, Ga., making these the first reactors to receive construction approval in over 30 years. This was seen as a major victory for proponents of nuclear power, possibly signaling a change in U.S. energy policy. Even President Barack Obama, a staunch clean-energy advocate, renewed his commitment to nuclear power in 2010 when he extended over $8 billion in federal loan guarantees to the new nuclear reactors.

March 8: US DOE would resume Yucca work if court tells it to do so: Chu- Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu said before a House of Representatives subcommittee hearing Thursday that DOE would resume the Yucca Mountain repository program it dismantled in 2010 if there is a court order to do so.

March 3: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: NO CONFIDENCE IN NUCLEAR ENERGY- A major public concern about nuclear reactors has been that the spent nuclear fuel could remain stranded at the reactor site indefinitely. In the 1970s, courts prohibited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from licensing new reactors unless it assured the public that the waste would be removed-a requirement called the "waste confidence" rule. President Obama's decision to abandon plans for removing the waste to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada creates an uncertainty that could be a barrier to the expansion of nuclear power. Two nuclear policy experts argue that the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act provides sufficient confidence that spent nuclear fuel will be removed and, thus, that the waste confidence rule is unnecessary and should be abandoned.

March 1: Nuclear Power's Unsettled Future - A year after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, prospects for the nuclear power industry worldwide are far from certain. An energy policy scholar assesses the key economic, environmental, political, and psychological hinges on which nuclear power's future now swings.

February 2012

Feb 28: America's IMBY era for energy - Last week during a speech at the University of Miami, President Obama called for an “all-of-the-above energy strategy that develops every available source of American energy.”

Feb 28: Commission Blasts Outdated Nuclear Waste Management Policy - The BRC report attributes the dearth of waste management options to decades of ineffective nuclear policy. As a result, the U.S. currently lacks a long-term disposal site for radioactive waste. The majority of used fuel in the U.S. is instead stored at local reactor sites.

Feb 27: A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste- The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, earlier this year caused many countries to rethink their appetite for nuclear power. It is also, in subtler ways, altering the fraught discussion of what to do with nuclear plants’ wastes.

Feb 24: The other thing Vogtle has revived: Nuclear hysteria -... Let's just set aside the fact that Yucca Mountain was pulled off the table not for any scientific or technical basis (there is an overwhelming paucity of evidence indicating Yucca Mountain was unsuitable as a repository, a fact confirmed by the GAO)...

Feb 20: Chairman with an agenda - Opinion By John Sununu (story appeared in the Boston Globe) - WASHINGTON HAS a special vocabulary for everything. When bureaucrats become too close with the industry they're charged with overseeing, it's called "regulatory capture.'' The phenomenon can be very expensive for the public. Most famously, the Office of Thrift Supervision was accused of lax oversight contributing to the collapse of Washington Mutual and IndyMac, two of the biggest bank failures during the 2008 financial crisis. The OTS has been eliminated.

Feb 17: New Plant Vogtle reactors praised despite unresolved nuclear waste plan - Steven Chu "Finding a workable way to end the stalemate over the safe and secure storage of used nuclear fuel is one of the most important things we can do to support this vital industry," he said."

Feb 15: Energy working group to assess nuclear waste recommendations - Energy Secretary Steven Chu vowed Wednesday to develop a strategy for managing the country’s nuclear waste based on recommendations issued last month by the Blue Ribbon Commission.

Feb 8: Yucca could still be on the table for nuclear waste: BRC member

Feb 8: White House is all talk on its energy strategy - President Obama said in his State of the Union address that he supports an "all-of-the-above" national energy strategy. Unfortunately, his actions and the actions of his administration have not followed in line with this statement.

Feb 6: Debate emerges over refunding nuclear waste fee - With long-held plans to develop a national repository for nuclear waste locked in political limbo, a debate is emerging over what to do with billions of dollars collected from utility customers in South Carolina and other states to pay for the illusive

Feb 5: Insisting on Yucca Mountain won't fix nuclear waste problem, says Hamilton -The fact of Yucca Mountain still standing empty of nuclear waste is a testament to the need for a new approach to siting permanent nuclear waste disposal factories, said a co-chair of a blue ribbon commission chartered to examine radioactive waste policy.

Feb 4: Nuclear waste fracas that just won't go away

Feb 2: Yucca Mountain as a nuclear-waste site - (Opinion) This is just another burden on the American taxpayer. The residents near Yucca Mountain don't want nuclear waste stored there. The residents of the Tri-Cities don't want nuclear waste stored at Hanford. Sounds like a clear case of "Not In My Back Yard." They are both half right: There is no safe haven for nuclear waste, waste that must be kept isolated from all living things for hundreds of thousands of years.

Feb 1: CAGW President Tom Schatz Testifies on Yucca Mountain - To date, through assessments in their utility bills, ratepayers have contributed between $750 and $780 million each year since 1983 into the Nuclear Waste Fund. The Department of Energy (DOE) has spent $15 billion to evaluate various possible sites, to develop Yucca Mountain, and to submit the licensing application, but the national inventory of spent nuclear fuel stands at 65,000 metric tons and not one spent fuel rod has been moved to the Yucca Mountain facility. The spent fuel languishes at 75 sites in 33 states, stored either in cooling pools or, when the pools have reached capacity, in expensive dry cask storage facilities adjacent to operational reactor sites.

Feb 1: Heads of US nuclear waste panel call for new approach to disposal = The top-down approach the federal government used to select the proposed repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada does not work and a new process is needed, the co-chairmen of a blue ribbon commission on nuclear waste told a subcommittee in the US House of Representatives Tuesday.

Feb 1: DOE Responds to Complaints About Its Commitment to Open Government - After a journalist called attention to the difficulty of finding documents about the prospective Yucca Mountain nuclear repository last week, the Department of Energy responded in near-record time. Cammie Croft, director of New Media & Citizen Engagement, addressed the concerns in a reasonable blog post on She pulled together a specific list of Yucca Mountain documents and explained the general problem that governmental bodies have.

January 2012

Nuclear symbolJan 30: How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Bury Nuclear Waste - The decades-long stalemate on where to store U.S. nuclear waste could be ending.

Jan 30: What about radioactive waste? - Although the nuclear power industry touts the fuel as emission free, it still leaves a big challenge behind: what to do with radioactive waste.

Jan 29: What Sweden can teach us about nuclear waste - Back in the 1980s, the Swedish government drew up a long list of locations that could potentially host a waste repository. Each town was given a chance to veto, and, after two decades and countless hours of local consultation, Sweden had two finalists, towns that actually competed with each other for the chance to host the site and reap the economic benefits. (One was finally picked in 2009.) Both towns, not surprisingly, already had nuclear plants in the area, and polls showed support running as high as 83 percent.

Jan 27: Final Blue Ribbon Commission Report Urges Cooperative Efforts in Siting Waste Facilities - A new consent-based approach to siting future nuclear waste management facilities and a new organization to run a waste management program are two key recommendations in a final report released Jan. 26 by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future.

Jan 27: Immediate action needed on US waste policy - After nearly two years of work, the Blue Ribbon Commission has issued its final recommendations for "creating a safe, long-term solution" for dealing with the USA's used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Efforts to develop a waste repository and a central storage facility should start immediately, it says.

Jan 27: Around the Halls: President Obama and America's Nuclear Future - President Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission report on America's Nuclear Future, released today, is exasperatingly devoid of meaningful concrete policies that will move the industry ahead and allow it not only to contribute to the future supply of electricity in the United States but also to make the vital contribution that Professor Socolow's wedge theory posits nuclear energy must make if we have any chance of reducing rising global CO2 emissions over the next 30 years.

Jan 26: Panel: Start now to replace Yucca Mountain nuclear dump - WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States should immediately start looking for an alternative to replace the failed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada, which cost an estimated $15 billion but was never completed, a presidential commission said Thursday.

Jan 26: Feds: Company backing Utah nuclear plant is a fraud - A company once touted as one of the main financial backers of Utah’s first nuclear power plant is in big trouble with federal securities regulators.

Jan 26: Nuke Us: The Town That Wants America's Worst Atomic Waste- This attitude—“Yes in my backyard,” if you will—has brought near permanent prosperity to this isolated spot that until recently had no endemic economic engine.

Jan 26: Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future Issues Final Report to Secretary of Energy - The Commission noted that it was specifically not tasked with rendering any opinion on the suitability of Yucca Mountain, proposing any specific site for a waste management facility, or offering any opinion on the role of nuclear power in the nation's energy supply mix.

Jan 25: Broken Promises on Energy Independence - Last night we heard some lofty language from our campaigner-in-chief about exploring America's energy potential. We heard about the development of offshore gas, and about reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. What the president failed to mention is that he recently killed the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have put thousands of Americans to work and is the best way to supply oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.

Jan 25:Where information goes to die - Last August, the US Energy Department proudly announced a "comprehensive website reform, making a cutting-edge, interactive information platform and saving taxpayers more than $10 million annually." In short, the government eliminated 12 separate department program sites and merged them into one (with plans to add many more), upgraded the content-management system, and streamlined information into the cloud PDF. In theory, is now the "cutting-edge" go-to site for information on everything from home weatherization to nuclear research. In practice, however, it's more often a black hole.

Jan 25: President Obama comes to Las Vegas -- shish, boom bah! - So, President Obama is heading to Las Vegas to talk more about his "everything goes" domestic energy policy. Do you know why he's headed to Vegas? Because the press corps here for the most part can't find a discouraging word (or question) to ask the president when it comes to energy policy. Someone may serve up a Yucca Mountain question, let the president play to the Nevada crowd, and then fail to follow it up with key questions about what this means for the national development of nuclear energy. Is he for nuclear energy (like he says he is) or not? And how does that support mesh with the closing of Yucca Mountain?

Jan 25: Yucca Mountain on the horizon for GOP candidates - The presidential debates have featured discussions most recently addressing the Republican candidates' tax returns, how quickly they'd repeal President Obama's Affordable Health Care Acr and personal claims made by ex-spouses. One topic missing from the recent debates in South Carolina, but not from the campaigns' radar, is the nation's nuclear waste storage plan, which also hits home with Washingtonians.

Jan 24: A mountain of nuclear waste- Before the month is out, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future will unveil the result of its two year-long investigation into what to do with the accumulated radioactive waste at the country’s nuclear power plants. By year’s end, that waste will constitute a mountain 70 years high, with the first cupful generated in 1942 at the Fermi lab not far from Chicago when scientists first created a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

Jan 13: Senator: Send used nuclear fuel rods here - State Sen. Al Melvin admits that not everyone thinks having a nuclear waste processing plant and burial site in Arizona is a great idea.So the Republican from Tucson's far-north suburbs has a sweetener he believes will get some people to change their minds: Money.He is proposing to make Arizona as the place where all the nuclear plants in the country send their spent nuclear fuel rods. Melvin, a long-time proponent of nuclear energy, said the failure of the federal government to set up a planned high-level radioactive waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada creates an opportunity for Arizona.

Jan 10: NRC: Can chairman's new chief of staff help bridge panel's deep divides? -Coggins is moving into a tough spot. Jaczko and his colleagues do not get along. In October, the four commissioners -- two Republicans and two Democrats -- complained to the White House about Jaczko bullying NRC staffers, particularly female employees, and withholding information from the commission. Jaczko denied the allegations.

Jan 9: Reps. give overview of legislative session- South Carolina has provided $1.3 billion toward the prospective Yucca Mountain site for radioactive waste disposal, including spent fuel at the Savannah River Site. However, that project has been shelved, at least for now. The state's legislative delegation has asked President Barack Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu about returning those funds to ratepayers, Young said.

Jan 5: 'Nuclear waste here? Why not?' - As reported shortly before Christmas, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have produced a handful of studies into geologic formations that might replace the scuttled Yucca Mountain site for disposal of highly radioactive wastes.

Jan 5: Our view: Nuclear waste here? Actually, why not?- Duluth Daily News. The news landed like a lump of coal for many of us on Christmas morning: The Lake Superior region of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has “the most stable region of granite outcrops in the U.S.” Also, there hasn’t been a volcano or significant earthquake here in millions of years. And that makes our area perfect — absolutely perfect, according to a front-page story about a 114-page study from the Sandia National Laboratory — for entombing nuclear waste.

Jan 3: Halt nuclear panel meltdown - The chairman of the NRC has been excoriated by scientists who have seen years of research effectively discarded as Mr. Jaczko wantonly terminated the national nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

News - 2011

December 2011

Three Mile Island - 1979Dec 29: Nuclear power: The case for a safe, alternative energy source

Dec 29: Yucca Mountain received no funding after a bill was passed in the House of Representatives on Dec. 16, and Sen. Harry Reid blocked an attempt by House Republicans to keep the issue open when they tried to halt closure procedures of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a press release distributed after the year-end funding meeting, Reid stated, "Once again, Congress will not appropriate a single dime to make Nevada the nation's dumping ground for nuclear waste. Despite the best efforts of House Republicans, President Obama and Congress have made a decision to end this dangerous project. … Yucca Mountain was never a good idea and it's time to move on towards real solutions that ensure Americans' health and safety."

Dec 27: Why would a utility consider Nuclear Energy? - The future of the U.S. electricity portfolio is a complex matter that asks the industry to find a path forward that acceptably balances many different factors. Once one acknowledges that every generating technology carries physical, financial and environmental risks, the conversation can begin in an intellectually honest manner. In the case of the nuclear industry, the issues frequently discussed are the costs of new construction, safety and fuel management.

Dec 27: Bomb-Grade Uranium Being Shipped from Canada to the U.S. - Today, Canada's Globe and Mail reports that "weapons-grade uranium is quietly being transported within Canada, and into the United States, in shipments that the country's nuclear watchdog wants to keep cloaked in secrecy." The radioactive freight is being shipped from Chalk River, Ontario into the U.S. via routes of which only authorized agencies and law enforcement personnel know the details. The freight contains a large enough amount of highly enriched uranium capable of making "several Hiroshima sized nuclear bombs."

Dec 27: As Nuclear Plants Age, No Easy Energy Solutions - No nuclear power plants have been built in this country since the accident at Three Mile Island more than 30 years ago. The old reactors continue to provide 20 percent of our electrical power, but many of them will start to come offline in the next 10 years or so.

Dec 21: Yucca funding remains zero in 2012 - Congress for the second consecutive year is zeroing out spending for the Yucca Mountain project, the nuclear waste plan that continues to recede as government policy.

Dec 19: Feuding NRC Faces Decisions on New Southern Co., Scana Reactors- Members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have said they're willing to work together after four of them accused Chairman Gregory Jaczko of bullying employees and creating a toxic work environment.

Dec 16: Koodankulam Nuclear Plant : Risk Analysis on Spent Fuel – Part 4- Nuclear power plant uses nuclear fission techniques in which atom splits into smaller parts and release the abundant quantity of heat energy.

Dec 15: The Plot to Oust America's Nuclear Watchdog- In what may well be a temporary aberration, the Obama Administration appears to be sticking by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko, even though the nuclear industry most definitely wants him out. 

Dec 15: Illinois wants its waste gone - A Republican congressmember from Illinois is faulting a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts for failing to help his constituents by opposing a nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

Dec 11: Lawmakers Split Over NRC's Jaczko -Lawmakers are splitting along party lines over whether to support U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko after colleagues questioned his leadership in a letter released Friday.

Dec 9: Nuclear Panel Members Say They Have 'Grave Concerns' About Chairman Jaszko - Four Nuclear Regulatory commissioners from both parties say they have "grave concerns" about the panel's chairman, charging that the actions of Gregory Jaczko are "causing serious damage" to the commission and creating a "chilled work environment at the NRC."

Dec 8: UCS Comments on Threat Assumptions for Dry Cask Security - The termination of the Yucca Mountain repository project has left the US with no near-term prospects for a final disposal site for spent nuclear fuel. Until the repository program gets back on track, dry cask storage of spent fuel can be an acceptable interim option for many decades, but it is not risk-free. Long-term dry cask storage raises safety and security concerns that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the nuclear industry will have to resolve.

Dec 7: Coffin wants to keep alive city's Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository Committee - Coffin argues that eliminating the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository Committee, which hasn't met in four years, would be a mistake, though the state has a similar committee aimed at blocking the federal government from directing nuclear waste to a storage site about 100 miles north of the city.

Dec 7: Nuclear Reactor License Renewals May Be Slowed, Jaczko Says- Limited staffing at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission may slow the agency in renewing licenses for existing nuclear power plants, the agency's chairman said.

Dec 4: Nevada Cites Concerns With Transport Of Hazardous Waste In Response To Draft Plan For Former Test Site - CARSON CITY A draft environmental statement addressing the future of the former Nevada Test Site appears to be setting the stage for the transportation of mixed hazardous and low-level radioactive waste to the site through heavily populated areas of Las Vegas, the state response to the document says.

Dec 3: House Republican targets Sen. Kerry for Yucca Mountain opposition - Top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee criticized Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for his opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository this week, arguing that lawmakers who are unsupportive of the Nevada storage site are effectively ensuring that high-level nuclear waste remains in their states

Dec 3: Advantages and challenges of nuclear power - Yet the authors of the report also recognize that the impediments are significant. No federal depository is available to accept the highly radioactive waste that is a byproduct of nuclear power. Financing the construction would be difficult. And nuclear power remains unpopular with an ill-informed public. (State of Conneticut)

November 2011

Nov 30: Transport of Nuclear Waste Protested By German Activists Calling For Change - Nuclear energy has been unpopular in Germany since the fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine drifted over the country.

Nov 29: Ballot Initiative Would Close California's Nuclear Plants, Cause Rolling Blackouts- Should it attract enough signatures by mid-April to be placed on the ballot in California, an initiative could effectively shutter the San Onofre and Diablo Canyon nuclear plants.

Nov 28: Dramatic Carbon Emission Reduction Goals Targeted By Koch Brothers Achievable, Study Finds - California's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals may be eminently achievable using available technologies, a new study finds, although the virtual elimination of fossil fuel to generate electricity is required.

Nov 27: A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste- The United States has long contemplated a permanent disposal site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but that plan has been stymied, perhaps permanently, by the politics of local opposition. Nevada has an early presidential primary, and this autumn several Republican presidential candidates, appearing at a debate in Las Vegas, denounced proposals to use the site. The Senate majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, also opposes using Yucca Mountain.

Nov 20: Illinois' Sen. Kirk's Letter on Nuclear Spent Fuel at Yucca Mt. - On November 18, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) sent a strong letter in support of Yucca Mountain being the permanent repository of nuclear waste. The letter, signed by 31 Senators was sent to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House subcommittees urging them to support the bipartisan, House passed language which funds the storage of nuclear waste inside Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Senator Kirk has made establishing a permanent storage facility for America's nuclear waste a critical issue for all states and especially critical for Illinois.

Nov 17: No Alternative to Yucca Mountain for Waste Found Yet - Licoln County Record - Nearly two years of study and scrutiny regarding storage of high-level nuclear waste in the U.S. has failed to find any better alternatives than what has already been proposed at Yucca Mountain.

Nov 15: Heller and Kirk in an amendment-off over Yucca mountain - Republican Sens. Dean Heller and Mark Kirk have got themselves into a bona fide amendment-off over Yucca mountain, but their squabble may be destined to stay on the sidelines of the Senate floor.

Nov 14: Final Showdown on Spending: .....Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) plans to offer an amendment to the package of spending bills that would continue funding for Nevada's planned nuclear waste repository Yucca Mountain, a project Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has pledged to end. The Obama administration has also taken steps to end funding for the project.

Nov 8: Familiar face to return to Nevada Nuclear Projects Agency - the Nevada Board of Examiners on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to pursue a contract with Joe Strolin, former planning administrator and acting director of the agency. Board approval is needed under a new law aimed at curbing abuses uncovered in state audits on the use of contract workers.

Nov 7: Court sets schedule in Yucca case - A federal court on Friday set the schedule for a lawsuit that seeks to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reopen its review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

Nov 3: Dump switch -The Reno News & Review provides a useful summary of the politics roiling around the nuclear waste issue after Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry said they opposed opening a national waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

October 2011

Oct 28: US House science lawmakers spar over Yucca Mountain
Oct 27: Energy CEOs Urge Court To End Nuclear Waste Fee
Oct 27:Oral history records 'lessons learned' in Yucca Mountain fight
Oct 26: Quit stalling on solutions for spent nuclear fuel rods
Oct 26: Recycling nuclear waste makes sense for energy future
Oct 25: County creating oral history of decades-long battle over Yucca Mountain nuclear dump in Nevada
Oct 22: GOP candidates anger Republicans supporting Nevada nuclear-waste site
Oct 21: Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Project Opposed By GOP Candidates
Oct 20: Nye County official sees no alternative to Yucca Mountain
Oct 20: GAO studies alternative uses for Yucca Mountain
Oct 20: GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on 'Scientific Misconduct'
Oct 20: If I ruled Yucca Mountain
Oct 19: Sen. Inhofe hopes to sway Perry camp on Yucca nuke site
Oct 19: Nuclear waste task force meets in Atlanta
Oct 18: GOP candidates line up against Yucca Mountain
Oct 14: Yucca Mountain: The 'Scientization' Of Politics
Oct 12: The "scientization" of Yucca Mountain
Oct 10: MASS. MARKET: Quest continues for nuclear waste solution
Oct 10: End deplorable Yucca delay
Oct 7: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair: Events Like Fukushima Too Rare to Require Immediate Changes
Oct 7: Nuclear crises renew regulator's relevance
Oct 7: Spent nuclear fuel rests in peace near Fort St. Vrain

September 2011

Sept 30: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Suspends Yucca Mountain Licensing Hearings
Sept 29: Savannah River Site Gets Nuclear Waste
Sept 28: UNH students get a lesson in nuclear power
Sept 28: Draft Plan For Future Of Former Nevada Test Site Questioned At DOE Public Hearing
Sept 28: America Falling Behind: The Strategic Dimensions of Chinese Commercial Nuclear Energy
Sept 28: NRC invites public to meeting on spent fuel
Sept 23: Despite Berkley's ethics woes, final chapter yet to be written
Sept 23: Pro-Yucca lawmaker tries new strategy
Sept 22: Guest Column: The Lessons of Fukushima
Sept 22: San Clemente sets up nuclear meetings
Sept 20: Could SRS be the new Yucca Mountain?
Sept 19: 26 Organizations Voiced Support for Resumption of Yucca Mountain Review
Sept 19: Yucca Nuclear Waste Wars
Sept 19: Court urged to intervene in Yucca Mountain dispute
Sept 15: NRC allows closure of Yucca Mountain nuclear dump
Sept 14: EDITORIAL: Reid goes nuclear on waste storage
Sept 13: NRC issues final Yucca Mountain technical report, nears closure of license review
Sept 13: NRC commissioner offers views on Yucca
Sept 13: Don't dump nuclear waste on us, Westerners say
Sept 12: Blue Ribbon Commission report focuses on process
Sept 12: How Dead Is Yucca Mountain?
Sept 9: Yucca may yet have pulse after ruling
Sept 9: Energy and Commerce Committee has been Preparing All Year for Administration's Regulatory Push th Legislative Solutions Are Primed for Floor Consideration
Sept 8: Temporary storage proposed for vit plant waste
Sept 7: Our views; All power sources present health risks Quake damage to nuke storage unit underscores need for rational policy D
Sept 4: Earthquakes, Hurricanes Highlight Serious Regulation Flaws
Sept 1: Quake shifted nuclear storage containers at Virginia plant

August 2011

Aug 30: Amodei: No reason to close Yucca Mountain entirely
Aug 26: Yucca Nuclear Site Returns
Aug 25: $142M award upheld for San Onofre nuclear fuel disposal
Aug 24: Where will Nuclear Waste Go?
Aug 23: Where to Put Spent U.S. Nuclear Fuel
Aug 22: Blue Ribbon Commission on Nuclear Waste: Missing Opportunity for Lasting Reform
Aug 18: Future of nation's nuclear waste buried in deficit
Aug 16: NRC infighting goes nuclear
Aug 15: County in Nevada where Yucca Mountain is located joins Aiken County lawsuit
Aug 15: Bury Our Nuclear Waste — Before It Buries Us
Aug 14: Japan Prepares for Its First Import of Radioactive Waste Since Earthquake
Aug 13: Expert: Yucca not best place for storing nuclear waste
Aug 12: Nuclear fallout
Aug 9: Nuclear Waste Piles Up—in Budget Deficit
Aug 8: In Our View: Pressing the Feds State attorney general turns up the heat on Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Aug 8: Used 22 times over 314 weeks, Yucca Mountain facility closes
Aug 8: Panel urges speedy removal of CT nuclear waste
Aug 6: Halstead to head nuclear projects agency
Aug 5: Committee releases draft recommendations on safe nuclear waste disposal
Aug 5: Yucca Mountain removed from equation
Aug 4: Governor appoints chief of Nevada nuclear agency
Aug 4: Access to electronic Yucca Mountain data ending
Aug 2: Looking Past Yucca Mountain
Aug 1: The back and forth over Yucca Mountain as nuclear waste storage site

July 2011
Jul 31: Energy NW sues for higher nuclear fuel storage costs
Jul 30: How to store nuclear waste? New approach urged
Jul 26: Yes, In Our Backyard
Jul 22: NRC Releases Study of Yucca Waste-Site Application
Jul 17: Labrador Votes Against, Simpson Votes For Energy Bill
Jul 15: Joe Heck chooses Nevada interests over party loyalty
Jul 15: NRC's Jaczko leads an agency in flux
Jul 14: House Could Breathe New Life Into Yucca Repository
Jul 14: House increases money for nuclear waste review
Jul 14: Optimism in Congress for Hanford Tank Farm Funding
Jul 12: DOE official promises Hanford waste will be moved
Jul 12: Green Scene: A glowing report?
Jul 8: Re-processing nuclear waste
Jul 8: U.S. to pay Xcel $100M for nuclear waste storage
Jul 6: Court Rejects Bid to Rescind Yucca Cancellation
Jul 7: GOP field splits on Yucca
Jul 6: Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear site a dilemma for Republican hopefuls
Jul 6: Editorial: We should demand an answer now Obama punts on Yucca Mountain; the nation can't afford another 50-year wait
Jul 5: Learning Lessons from Yucca Mountain
Jul 3:
Yucca Lawsuits Must Wait Until NRC Acts, D.C. Circuit Rules

June 2011
June 24: Huntsman: Nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain up to Nevadans June 21: U.S. official says Yucca nuclear dump not an option
June 21: Bipartisan Outrage Over Obama Administration Termination of Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository
June 18: Illinois nuclear plant leaks contaminated drinking water
June 16: Defiant NRC Chief Rejects Calls to Resign Over Yucca Mountain Dispute
June 16: Waste discovered at Yucca Mountain
June 16: House OKs $20 million Hanford budget cut
June 13: Jaczko heads to Capitol Hill amid criticism over Yucca handling
June 13: GOP: Politics at play in commission's Yucca Mountain review
June 13: Desert site said ideal for nuclear waste disposal
June 11: Gadomski Says Yucca Mountain Shows U.S. Ineffectiveness
June 9: Chairman Accused of Withholding Information in Nuclear Repository Decision
June 8: Yucca a radioactive issue for Gregory Jaczko
June 7: Radioactive politics over nuclear storage at Yucca Mountain

May 2011

May 31: Debate rumbles on over U.S. Nuclear Waste Recycling Facility
May 29: Callaway, other nuclear plants cope with spent fuel dilemma

May 25: U.S. Senate should confirm William Ostendorff to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
May 25: Ore. lawmakers: Don't put nuclear waste at Hanford
May 25: Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says
May 24: McCain campaigns in Reno
May 23: In Our View: Focus on Hanford
May 18: Wash., Ore. oppose hauling more waste to Hanford
May 17: Mountain of ... bluster
May 16: Fukushima Disaster Deepens U.S. Turmoil Over Nuclear Waste Storage
May 16: Will Mongolia Become the New Yucca Mountain?
May 15: U.S. Panel Suggests Moving Used Nuclear Fuel to Interim Sites
May 13: Q+A: Yucca Mountain nuclear waste controversy
May 12: Nuclear watchdog points to gaps in U.S. safety regulations
May 12: Yucca Shutdown Was Political, Federal Watchdog Says
May 10: Funding to fight Yucca Mountain shrinks as dirt thrown on project
May 9: Waxman breaks own rule by outing whistleblower at NRC hearing
May 6: The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Lives on -- in NRC and Capitol Hill Infighting
May 6: GAO predicts Hanford costs will rise if Yucca is closedMay 4: Watchdog group wants DOE to review waste safety at Hanford
May 4: Group questions costs of storing nuclear waste
May 4: House Leaders Seek Political Points in Yucca FightMay 2011
May 2: Issa, Shimkus Question Legality of Yucca Nuke Decision

April 2011

April 25: Pahrump stop possible on lawmaker tour of Yucca
April 25: Report Urges Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel, Not Reprocessing It
April 24: Delegation says Zion storage plans OK — for now
Apr 22: Leave me a loan
Apr 22: Backers of Yucca Mt. say Obama pays lip service to nuclear while ignoring waste needs
Apr 21: Japan and Yucca Mountain
Apr 20: President Obama Speaks at East Reno Business
Apr 19:Residents quiz nuclear regulators on Oconee plant's safety
Apr 17: DOE plans support projects for Hanford vit plant
Apr 13: Nuclear disaster's impact
Apr 12: Nuclear Power: Fears and Facts
Apr 8: Lessons from Japan on nuclear waste
Apr 8: Waxman: Cut Yucca trip
Apr 8: Radioactive fuel rods: The silent threat
Apr 5: Republicans Open Inquiry on Yucca Mountain Shutdown
Apr 4: Sandia National Labs suggests we take another look at underground salt deposits for nuclear waste
Apr 3: While nuclear waste piles up in U.S., billions in fund to handle it sit unused
Apr 2: Taxpayers, utility ratepayers face mounting nuclear bills
Apr 3: Blue Ribbon Commission's nuclear report online
Apr 1: House panel to probe Obama on Yucca nuclear waste dump
Apr 1: Yucca Mountain: did politics trump science?
Apr 1: Salty tombs could contain nuclear waste

March 2011

Mar 29: Fukushima Makes Case For Yucca Mountain
Mar 29: SC Attorney General: President out of line in canceling Yucca Mountain
Mar 29: Nuclear Naysayers and the National Interest
Mar 28: Japan crisis refuels nuclear waste storage debate
Mar 24: Nuclear Nevada?
Mar 24: Three lessons from Japan's nuclear crisis
Mar 22: Obama lacks authority to shutter Yucca site, court told
Mar 21: Nuclear disasters: Is the fear realistic?
Mar 20: Coming in this week's Las Vegas Business Press
Mar 20: Demand for energy certain to outweigh fear
Mar 19: Move SRS waste
Mar 19: Japan crisis revives spent fuel dilemma here
Mar 19: U.S. reactors grapple with spent fuel in shadow of Japan crisis
Mar 18: The danger of spent-fuel rods and the Yucca Mountain project
Mar 18: Japan crisis renews U.S. nuclear fuel storage debate
Mar 18: CUNA's Political Ads Win Awards
Mar 18: Bingaman Says Japan Nuclear Accident No Chernobyl
Mar 17: TVA reactors modified to help avoid explosions
Mar 16: N.J. opposes new rule allowing 60-year storage of spent nuclear fuel
Mar 15: The difficult truth about nuclear power
Mar 13: GOP still pushing for Yucca Mountain as nuclear waste site
Mar 12: NRC senior staffers protest Yucca Mountain shutdown
Mar 12: Former EPA chief touts nukes
Mar 10: Energy Northwest sues to suspend nuclear fuel fee
Mar 10: Double attack on US nuclear waste fees
Mar 8: We Energies lawsuit wins millions
Mar 7: NARUC takes federal government to court over waste fee collection
Mar 4: Obama wastes Yucca Mountain
Mar 4: Action sought on nuclear waste site
Mar 2: Wisconsin Electric receives $45.5 million in used fuel settlement

February 2011

Feb 28: Two orders by panel keep active licensing case for Yucca Mountain
Feb 20: Settlement reached in nuclear case
Feb 18: NRC Censors Flub Opportunity to Move Yucca Debate Forward
Feb 14: Heller pushes back on GOP's pro-Yucca Mountain move
Feb 13: Yucca Mountain or not, nuclear waste resides here
Feb 12: US must move past Yucca dump for nuke waste-Chu
Feb 11: House panel proposes advancing Yucca Mountain, cutting policing program
Feb 11: Proos And Nesbitt H ope For Spent Fuel Storage Solution
Feb 8: U.S. 'falling behind' in nuclear power
Feb 3: Reid appoints longtime nuclear veteran to intelligence panel
Feb 2: NRC chairman says Yucca Mountain closeout to include license panel

January 2011

Jan 27: DOE seeks four-month wait on Yucca Mountain case
Jan 19: Missteps have hurt nuke industry
Jan 19: Shimkus to investigate Yucca Mountain
Jan 19: Strolin will temporarily lead nuclear projects agency
Jan 18: New chairman sets sight on Yucca hearings
Jan 11: Appeals court to hear arguments in Yucca Mountain lawsuit
Jan 11: Dangerous High-Level Nuclear Waste with Nowhere to Go
Jan 11: Nuke Agency Still Believes in Geologic Repository
Jan 5: Blue Ribbon panel to tour SRS, look for solution
Jan 4: Federal attorneys maintain US DOE has authority to kill Yucca
Jan 4: Flirting With Disaster
Jan 4: Natural Gas Industry Sees Little Gain From Obama's Show of Support
Jan 4: Commission lets 36 states dump nuke waste in Texas
Jan 4: NRC wants waste stored for century


News - 2010

Dec 20: Ariz. official calls for end to nuke dump payments
Dec 20: In Our View: Eyes Back on Yucca
Dec 20: How high level nuclear waste works
Dec 19: Good news for a bad waste situation
Dec 16: Courts a welcome barrier to repository dismantling
Dec 14: Nevada nuclear project still alive
Dec 12: Obama decision to close Yucca nuclear dump back in court
Dec 12: Ruling keeps alive Nevada nuclear waste project
Dec 8 : NRC attempts to break Yucca Mountain deadlock
Dec 8: Legacy Waste
Dec 5: Stay firm on nuclear waste
Dec 4: Incoming Gov. Brian Sandoval says Yucca nuclear waste dump still a no
Dec 1: Study Assesses Nuclear Power Assumptions

November 2010

Nov 28: Republicans Turn Up Pressure on Nuclear Panel
Nov 26: Hastings gets key ally in Yucca Mountain battle
Nov 25: NEI's Marvin Fertel at ANS
Nov 22: Yucca Mountain decision cries for House oversight
Nov 22: Nuclear fuel plan raises hope, concerns
Nov 21: Yucca Mountain decision cries for House oversight
Nov 21: Purdue engineer offers help to manage nuclear waste
Nov 20: Hastings gets key ally in Yucca Mountain battle
Nov 20: GOP seeks to revive Yucca project
Nov 19: Nuclear waste commission to tour SRS
Nov 19: End the NRC stalling on Yucca Mountain decision
Nov 18: Simpson, Hastings, Ryan urge OMB to Review NRC Action to Shut Down Yucca Mountain Application
Nov 18: More pressure on NRC's phase-out of Yucca review
Nov 18: Nuclear Waste Piling Up Across US: 138 Million Pounds and Counting
Nov 16: I-Team: The Nuke Plant Next Door
Nov 16: The Nuke Plant Next Door
Nov 12: GOP, Reid headed for more conflict over Yucca, nuclear waste
Nov 12: Finland's nuclear waste bunker built to last 100,000 years
Nov 12: German nuclear waste finally reaches storage site
Nov 9: Division remains on storing nuclear waste
Nov 4: US NRC ending Yucca review 'grossly premature,' commissioner says

October 2010

Oct 27: NRC on Yucca Mountain
Oct 26: Nuclear Explosion? Regulator Irks Republicans
Oct 22: NRC commissioners face restive staff on Yucca flap
Oct 18: NRC Chairman is bending rules in Yucca Mountain proceeding
Oct 15: Yucca Mountain Project directive prompted rare NRC confrontation
Oct 14: Investigation urged into NRC chairman's actions on Yucca Mountain project
Oct 12: Nuclear Power: A Better Investment than Alternative Energy
Oct 8: Nuclear agency defends chairman's Yucca Mountain shutdown directive
Oct 7: States protest 'end run,' urge Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart Yucca Mountain work
Oct 6: Yucca project review halted NRC chief tables viability study of nuclear waste site
Oct 3: Nuclear waste to linger
Oct 1: Yucca Mountain of Jersey Shore

September 2010

Sep 25: Oyster Creek plant foes wary as NRC OKs longer radioactive waste storage

Sep 23: Nuclear fuel storage facility necessary: DOE
Sep 22: Obama administration’s policy on high-level nuclear waste is irresponsible
Sep 21: Fuel and waste no bar to US nuclear growth
Sep 20: President Barack Obama's Yucca Mountain decision is a blow to US nuclear power
Sep 18: Reid message of YMP Revivial: "Hell no"
Sep 16: MIT researchers rethink the nuclear fuel cycle, Yucca Mountain 
Sep 16: Nuclear waste can be stored safely for up 60 years after life of reactor, says NRC
Sep 14: Rell to feds: Stop plan dismantling Yucca Mountain
Sep 10: Nuclear Power takes Spotlight
Sep 10: Obama panel examines nuke waste issues
Sep 9: Departmental dispute
Sep 7: There Is No Such Place as 'Somewhere Else' When it comes to developing energy projects, from nuclear waste storage to wind turbines, too often people go BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone). Read more:
Sep 2: Nuclear progress

August 2010August 2010

Aug 26: Boehner: GOP ready to revive Yucca
Aug 26: Inhofe: Good First Step in Yucca Mountain License Application Process
Aug 26: Repository a campaign issue
Aug 26: Little Hope, Help for DOE's Displaced Yucca Mountain Contract Workers
Aug 24: NRC staff gives Yucca overview a passing grade
Aug 17: The cost of closing Yucca
Aug 13: Address Mistrust, Scientists Urge Nuclear Panel


August 11, 2010, Two US NRC members refuse to recuse themselves from waste debate

Two US Nuclear Regulatory Commission members have refused to recuse themselves from participating in any agency decision on the US Department of Energy's repository project at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. In separate briefs filed with the commission Wednesday, Commissioners William Magwood and William Ostendorff said there is no basis for their recusal. Parties in the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding that want to see the repository project move forward -- Aiken County, South Carolina, the state governments of South Carolina and Washington and White Pine County, Washington -- had sought their and Commissioner George Apostolakis' recusals, claiming the each had prejudged the Yucca Mountain project when they said during their confirmation hearing in February that they would not second-guess DOE's decision to terminate the program. Apostolakis recused himself in July, citing work he had done as a chairman of an independent panel that reviewed the performance assessment of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The commission is considering appeals filed by DOE and the state of Nevada, asking it to overturn a licensing board decision that said DOE does not have the authority to unilaterally withdraw the congressionally mandated repository license application.

Aug 11: Fate of spent nuke waste fuels debate
Aug 11: What to do with Nuke Waste at the Shuttered Maine Yankee
Aug 10: France digs deep for nuclear waste
Aug 10: Federal panel tours Wiscasset nuclear site
Aug 10: Spent Fuel From Former Maine Nuclear Power Plant Still Stirs Controversy
Aug 5:Yucca Project's Last 600 Employees Scramble for New Jobs
Aug 2: Auditors question $175 million in unresolved Yucca Mountain costs

July 2010

July 28: US appeals court puts consideration of Yucca Mountain case on hold
July 26: Politics shouldn't drive Yucca Mountain decision
July 23: Sen. Reid Secures Nearly $300 Million for Energy and Water Projects in Nevada
July 23: Yucca shutdown lacks master plan, auditors say
July 22: Murray adds $ Bid to revive Yucca Mountain Project defeated in Senate50M for Hanford
July 21: Move to fund Yucca gets support
July 19: The Washington Post weighs in on Yucca
July 19: Don't let politics drive a nuclear-waste decision
July 16: House appropriations panel rejects Yucca Mt. amendment
July 15: Gregoire Wants U.S. To Keep Yucca Mountain On The Table
July 13: Is Yucca Mountain a voter molehill?
July 13: A Watchdog’s Warning on Nuclear Waste
July 12 - Yucca Mountain follies looking risky for Reid
July 10: Nevada-postmortem--doe-failed-to-win-trust-on-yucca-mountain-project
July 9: Yucca Mountain revisited
July 9: Nuclear Regulatory Commission seems tainted on Yucca Mountain decision
July 9: Legislators urge use of Yucca Mtn.
July 7: Lawmakers gather support for Yucca Mountain
July 2: Idaho officials applaud Yucca Mountain move
July 1: Nuclear waste in Senate race
July 1: Nuclear Panel Keeps Yucca Mountain Alive For Now
July 1: Ruling Keeps Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Plan Alive
July 1: Yucca Mountain advocates win a round
July 1: US Energy Department Loses Ruling To Terminate Yucca MountainLicensing
July 1: Governor Chris Gregoire On Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Decision
July 1: Yucca Mountain nuclear project will not die

June 2010
June 30: Administration Cannot Drop Bid for Nuclear Waste Dump in Nevada, Panel Finds
June 30: Panel Blocks Move to Scrap Yucca Site
June 29:U.S. Blocked From Withdrawing Yucca Nuclear-Waste Bid
June 27: Feds Must Address Nuclear Waste Storage
June 27: If scientists want to educate the public, they should start by listening
June 25: Yucca Mountain spokesman to dish and retire
June 20: Nuclear Fallout
June 14, 2010 — Nuclear wasteland — AFTER MORE than 20 years, four administrations and billions of dollars spent, Yucca Mountain is the one place in America that a new Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future cannot look to put this country's nuclear waste. Created by the Obama administration after it jettisoned the Nevada project . . . Washington Post

June 05, 2010 — State designated to aid Yucca archiving effort — Keeping 80 million pages of documents on the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain project preserved and accessible was the challenge faced Friday by a three-judge licensing panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission —

June 6: Harry Reid, Hanford and the Triumph of Science
June 4: Panel hears arguments on Yucca abandonment
June 3: US DOE attorney attributes Yucca motion to 'policy' decision
June 3: House Democrats Block Bipartisan Amendment To Consider Yucca Mountain
June 3: State to argue about Yucca Mountain today
June 2: Hoping for a fair hearing on Yucca Mountain
June 1: Atomic Waste Gets 'Temporary' Home

May 2010

May 27: Obama's panel on nuclear waste to visit Hanford Read more
May 25: Finland’s 100,000-Year Plan to Banish Its Nuclear Waste
May 25: Importance of transparency stressed to US nuclear waste panel
May 18: Nevada and counties split over ending Yucca
May 15: DOE says Yucca Mountain repository 'not an option'
May 12: Former governor: Yucca Mountain an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’
May 8: State congressmen vow to fight for Yucca Mountain
May 7: Fight looms on plan to abandon nuke waste facility
May 7: Deep Craft
May 5: Aiken County, SC leaders return from Washington, D.C. to keep Yucca Mountain open
May 5: U.S. needs nuclear waste recycling
May 4:Court gives DOE green light to continue Yucca shutdown - News
May 4: DOE cancels plutonium level change for SRS waste
May 4: Nuke lawyers heading back to Vegas
May 3: Nuclear-upgrade key: Yucca

April 2010

Apr 23: NRC decision on Yucca Mountain application soon
Apr 24: 'Into Eternity' Examines Nuclear Waste Dilemma
Apr 23: Senate plan leaves Yucca project off the budget
Apr 21: Injunction needed to keep Yucca Mountain an option
Apr 18: Washington state right to join lawsuit to keep Yucca Mountain open
Apr 15: Energy Department Delays Yucca Mountain Shutdown
Apr 14: U.S. Fails to Deal With Nuclear Waste
Apr 14: Washington sues DOE over Yucca Mountain
Apr 14: Washington Sues to Revive Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Plan
Apr 13: DOE Appeals Yucca Mountain Decision
Apr 13: Nuclear Waste May Get A Second Life
Apr 9: Palin goes after Obama, Reid over Yucca Mountain
Apr 8: State considers Yucca Mountain legal options
Apr 7: Reid rebuts attacks by Republicans
Apr 6: EDITORIAL: From Microsoft to micronuclear
Apr 6: Yucca Mountain waffling keeps bad decision in place
Apr 5: U.S. Sued Over Nuclear Waste Fees
Apr 5: Aiken County files response in Yucca lawsuit

March 2010

Mar 30: Gov't: Yucca suit lacks merit
Mar 26: The nuclear waste problem: Where to put it?
Mar 26: Nuclear Deja Vu: Panel Seeks Solution to Waste
Mar 26: Blue-ribbon panel aims to find home for nuke waste
Mar 25: Bipartisan Group of House Members Float Plan to Block Yucca Mountain Closure
Mar 24: Lawmakers object to Yucca Mountain money switch
Mar 24: Democrats Assail Nuclear-Dump Move
Mar 23: New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste
Mar 23: Group calls on Congress to keep Yucca Mountain alive
Mar 21: Radioactive issue
Mar 21: Outgoing NRC Commissioner says Yucca license was withdrawn for all the wrong reasons
Mar 22: Nuclear waste piling up in region
Mar 17: Eighteen Organizations Urge Continued Funding for Yucca Mountain; Ask for Release of Documents on Proposed Termination
Mar 16: Senate votes to lift ban on building new nuclear plants
Mar 16: State Regulators Urge Obama Admin To Reconsider Yucca Mountain
Mar 14:Yucca Mountain shutdown criticized
Mar 9: Debating the Nuclear Waste Problem
Mar 8: ECO:nomics: Creating Environmental Capital
Mar 5: Energy Secretary Steven Chu on the hot seat for Yucca Mountain defunding
Mar 1: Broader fight needed over Yucca Mountain decision
Mar 1: Don't sue over Yucca - Decision on nuclear waste storage must not rest with courts

February 2010

Feb 26: Reid Calls for Comprehensive Bill ASAP
Feb 26: McCain: Obama rhetoric on nuclear 'contradicted' by actions
Feb 25: Feds will recommend killing Yucca next week, nuke director says
Feb 22:Nuclear energy can't expand without a nuclear-waste site
Feb 22: Contradictory actions Editorial: Nuclear energy can't expand without a nuclear-waste site On Tuesday, President Barack Obama
Feb 20: Nuclear Waste on Native American Reservations
Feb 20: Aiken County suing feds over Yucca Mountain : AIKEN - Aiken County officials have filed suit against the federal government over its plans to pull the plug on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal site in Nevada.
Feb 16: South Carolina governor protests Yucca termination:
Feb 11: NRC nominees won't stand in way of Yucca Mountain shutdown
Feb 10: State losing more jobs in Yucca shutdown
Feb 10:Energy Department pulls water applications for Yucca rail line:
Feb08: Yucca Mountain seen as possible reprocessing site
Feb 07: Harry Reid leads push to end nuke waste project Nevada never wanted:
Feb 07: What’s next for Yucca? Restoration
Feb 05: Energy chief defends Yucca Mountain determination
Feb 3: Yucca's 625 workers face uncertain futures
Feb 3: PSC tells Washington what it thinks of costly Yucca waste project
Feb 3: Perspective: Obama wakes up to nuclear energy
Feb 3: From ‘Cap and Trade’ to ‘Smoke and Mirrors- Obama’s Radioactive Feint to the Right
Feb 3: Lowden and Tarkanian Hit Las Vegas Campaign Trail
Feb 2: White House plan to scratch nuclear waste site plays to mixed reviews
Feb 2: Harry Reid seeks alternative uses for Yucca Mountain
Feb 1: NY Times: Interactive: Obama's 2011 Budget Proposal: How It's Spent
Feb 1: NASA budget info
Feb 1: OSTP blog
Feb 1: FY 2011 Presidents budget

January 2010

Jan 31: Reid: Budget would eliminate Yucca Mountain funds
Jan 31: What Harry Reid may face after June’s primary
Jan 29: Secretary Chu Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future - The Commission, led by Lee Hamilton and Brent Scowcroft, will provide recommendations on managing used fuel and nuclear waste
Jan 28: Is It Just Politics?

News clip regarding the NRC's Licensing Hearings on January 26 and 27th


Consultant Rex Massey and Governor Bob List attend Yucca Mountain Licensing Hearings.

Jan 27: Energy leader to reveal Yucca expert panel Friday
Jan 27: Yucca project assailed
Jan 26: Licensing Procedures Move Forward on Yucca Mountain
Jan 20: Yucca Mountain Decision Ignores Science
Jan 20: Obama’s flunking science
Jan 20: U.S. says wind could power 20 percent of eastern grid
Jan 15: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank touts climate control legislation
Jan 15: Nuclear power: Wonder of new technology may be a dangerous diversion
Jan 15: 2nd UPDATE: Loan-Guarantee Program To Be Sped Up
Jan 15: Blumenthal eyes U.S. Senate
Jan 14: Chu, Orszag at Odds Over Yucca Funding
Jan 14: Court Rules for Utilities in Nuclear Waste Case
Jan 13: Nuclear Utility Awarded More Than $50 Million For Partial Breach Of Contract Claim
Jan 12: Green Ink: Shallow Gas, Electric Cars, and the Future of Yucca Mountain
Jan 12: U.S. Can’t Cite Delays to Defend Nuclear Waste Suits (Update1)
Jan 12: White House aide speaks up for nuclear energy
Jan 11:Federal Nuclear Judges Affirm Citizen Intervention
Jan 11: Against New Nuclear Power Reactors on Florida J
an 11: Nature Coast Decision Relegates Hottest Waste in Question to Orphan Status
Jan 09: Dr. Edwin X. Berry and MG Paul E. Vallely – Why
Jan 09: we support nuclear power and why you should too
Jan 09: Yucca Haunts Admin's Lagging Efforts on Nuclear Waste Study Panel
Jan 02: Wil Hylton: Why Obama Should Rethink the Closure of Yucca Mountain

News - 2009

December 2009

Dec 30: Nuclear plant near Fresno planned
Dec 30: PETT funds were a cash cow from Yucca project
Dec 22: Yucca Mountain Project experiencing brain drain: WASHINGTON -- The acting head of the Yucca Mountain Project is retiring at the end of the month along with another top official, the latest to depart the shrinking nuclear waste program, the Department of Energy confirmed
Dec 21: Court: nuclear spent fuel can be stored at plants
Dec 19: Harried Reid
Dec 16: City of Houston Reneges on NRG Solar Energy Deal
Dec 15: Yucca Mountain:Licensing efforts continue: Energy Department keeping nuclear repository options open
Dec 10:Nuclear waste: Canada asks its towns if they'll give it a home
Dec 9: Report: Spent fuel storage costs may run $225B
Dec 9: NRC OK with Yankee fund plan
Dec 9:One Million Years of Isolation: An Interview With Abraham Van Luik
Dec 8: Field Notes: The wharf and the wind turbine: Possibilities for
Dec 5: Why import nuclear waste?
Dec 3: High cost for US radwaste alternatives
Dec 5: Why import nuclear waste?
Dec 3: High cost for US radwaste alternatives

November 2009
Prarie Island TeepeesNov 29: Private capital awaits “long-term signal” on carbon – Chu
Nov 28: Minn. tribe rallies against nuke plant's expansion
Nov 27: Reviving Prism: the Power Reactor, Innovative Small Module
Nov 24: Nuke waste problem
Nov 18: Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are angry over the Department of Energy's plans to halt work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.
Nov 18: Group Concerned High-Lever Radioactive Waste May Be Stuck At SRS
Nov 17: Nuclear industry weighs in on nuke dump license
Nov 16: U.S., Japan to Cooperate on Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Research
Nov 16: Experts Question Hanford's Waste Treatment Plant
Nov 16: A reprosessing plant is the solution
Nov 15: DOE's Non-Performance on Nuclear Fuel Storage Costs Billions
Nov 15: Nuclear plant expansion clears hurdle
Nov 14: In Nevada, nuclear raises touchy issues
Nov 14: Nuclear plant expansion clears hurdle
Nov 13: A mountain of a problem
Nov 13: Yucca Mountain debated Thursday before chamber of commerce
Nov 11: Leaked memo seems to suggest Yucca Mountain dead
Nov 2: The Nuclear Wait

Fox News' La Jeunesse attacks Obama for not spending billions more on Yucca Mountain

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Op Ed Nov 2: Funds for nuclear reprocessing sit idle as energy needs grow
Nov 1: Udall widens push for nuclear plants

October 2009

Oct 31: FACTBOX: Obama signs energy, water spending bill into law
Oct 30: Red Wing hires lobbyist to deal with nuclear waste issue
Oct 30: Solar, wind not the bright path for Nye
Oct 30: Yucca debate planned
Oct 30: NS New Report Review: “The Outlook for Nuclear Energy in the United States: Dark Ages, Renaissance or Age of Enlightenment?”
Oct 30: U.S. Sen. Mark Udall calling for nuclear plants
Oct 27: Harry Reid's dilemma
Oct 26: Senate Leader Harry Reid faces tough re-election
Oct 26: What to Expect As The Senate Tackles the Energy Bill
Oct 26: Doc to Obama: What about Yucca Mountain for waste? Doc Hastings has sent a timely and important question to President Obama: What about Yucca Mountain? Rep. Hastings, R-Wash., was more delicate, more diplomatic than we phrased it above, but the substance was there.  In a carefully worded letter, Hastings asked Obama to share with Congress his plans for disposing of nuclear waste.  "I write to inquire about the status of your plan to develop a new option for our nation's defense waste and commercial high-level nuclear spent fuel," Hastings wrote. Twice in the one letter he mentions the need for scientific justification for whichever site is chosen. Yucca Mountain was the spot chosen after just such a scientific search, and it was written into law by Congress
Oct 24:Chuck Muth: Rory Reid says Dad wrong; Yucca Mountain is safe?
Oct 24:President and CEO, Nevada Development Authority
Oct 24:Congress Mulls Nuclear Power As A Way To Reduce Emissions
Oct 24:Letter: Nuclear energy debate swirls among PSU faculty members
Oct 21:Boos as Obama taps Yucca supporter President Barack Obama nominated Bill Magwood to the commission, which is charged with regulating and licensing all civilian use of nuclear materials, including the stalled nuclear waste dump proposed for 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Oct 20:Nuclear Power Revival for GE Leaves Waste Unsolved
Oct 20: Radioactive tritium found off nuclear test site for first time
Oct 16: Small space no problem for anti-Yucca Mountain
Oct 23: Costly new nuclear system may cut waste, arms risk
Oct 22: White Pine County to get $500,000 for renewable energy feasibility assessment
Oct 21: What's Holding Nuclear Power Back?
Oct 13: How Tax Codes Negatively Distort Our Energy Choices
Oct 07: Make noise over nuclear storage now
Oct 05: Hanford's Massive Vitrification Plant Nears Halfway Point
Oct 05: The US Left Behind in Nuclear

Smiley Nuclear

Is nuclear power green energy?

Oct 2: House OKs 2010 spending for energy-water projects
Oct 1: Late attempt to revive Yucca Mountain plan falls short
Oct 1: Minnesota Groups to MN Congressional Delegation: Reprocessing of Radioactive Waste From Prairie Island, Other Reactors 'Not a Solution'

September 2009

Sep 30: Huebsch wants to end ban on new nuclear power plants
Sep 29: Nuclear may be necessary
Sep 26: Senate Leader Reid Becomes GOP Target in Nevada
Sep 25: NRC rule ~ No rabbits out of a hat

Dale KlienKlein is frustrated by people who have already made up their minds about the license application. Referring to the massive electronic document library that supports the project, he said ironically, "anyone who says Yucca Mountain is unsafe must be a speed reader."

Sep 23: U.S. Panel Shifts Focus to Reusing Nuclear Fuel
Sep 23: U.S. Panel Shifts Focus to Reusing Nuclear Fuel
Sep 22: No easy way to dispose of nuclear waste
Sep 21: Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management: Who is Warren “Pete” Miller, Jr.?
Sep 20: William J. Nieckarz: Nuclear needs to be part of zero-carbon footprint future
Sep 18: Nuclear waste piles up in Michigan, around the country
Sep 18:
Nuclear agency needs independent appointees
Sep 16: A nuclear waste solution
Sep 12: Nuclear Regulator May Double Waste-Storage Period to 40 Years
Sep 11: Nevada Files Five More Challenges to Yucca Mountain
Sep 9: A History of America's Nuclear Power Experience: Part Three
Sep 1: Lawmakers warn of de facto nuclear dumping
Sep 1: Home state finds it hard to warm up to Reid


Sep1: Nuclear waste now stored outside reactor

Spent fuel is transferred from inside the Kewaunee nuclear power plant to a concrete vault outside the plant. The fuel is stored in huge casks inside the concrete vaults. Dominion Resourses


Aug 27: Another Major Setback for 'Nuclear Renaissance': Industry Goes 0-6 in 2009 Efforts to Overturn State Bans on New Nuclear Reactors
Aug 26: WASTING INDUSTRY - Re: Max Schulz's Obama Nuclear WasteAug 10: With Yucca Out, Where Does Nuclear Waste Go?
Aug 6:Information center is 'a hell of a benefit' to Nye County
Aug 6:A History of America's Nuclear Power Experience: Part Two
Aug 3: Nevada governor urges Reid do more to kill Yucca Mountain prospects
Aug 2: Government must address nuclear waste disposal
Aug 1: Reid declares Yucca victory
Aug 1: Sen Reid custs $29M from Yucca Mountain funding
Aug 1: Senate cuts funds for Yucca Mountain review
Aug 24: The search for a nuclear graveyard
Aug 24: Max Schulz: Obama's Yucca budget bungle

Aug 24: Federal inspector: Tighten Yucca Mountain credit card use
AUG 24: Where do we store nuclear waste?
Aug 24: Nuclear Energy group spent $570K lobbying in 2Q
Aug 24: Yucca Mountain Funding Nears Its Demise
Aug 18: Nuclear waste discussion moves to Plan D
Aug 15: Nuclear fuel reprocessing: the benefits

July 2009

Jul 30:Senate passes bill to close Nevada's
Jul 24:RC Still Plans to Review YuccaNuclear Waste Site Application
July 23: Yucca Mountain: lemonade out of lemons
Jul 23 Laboratory advances and the demise of Yucca Mountain
Jul 23:New Fuel Source: Nuclear Waste?
Jul 17: US House Votes Against Eliminating Yucca MountainFunding
Jul 14: Senator Alexander's Nuclear Blueprint, and Reality
Jul 13:Nuclear critics: Is Illinois the new Yucca Mountain?
Jul 12: 33 billion energy bill goes before House
Jul 12: Inside a Nuclear Plant: Skip the Lip Balm
Jul 12 $33.3B Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Heads to House Floor
Jul 8: KC is candidate to store nation's waste mercury
Jul 8:Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars
Jul 8:Utilities Seek to Suspend Nuclear Waste Payments

June 2009

June 29:Deal to build nuclear facility is dead
June 24: Miller to run nuclear division at DoE
June 24: The GOP's "American Energy Act" Is Bad For America
June 24:If Reid, Obama Kill Yucca Mountain, Where Will Nuclear Waste Go? Think Fusion
June 21: Nuclear reactors feel squeeze
June 21:Minnesota Edges Closer to Ending Moratorium on Nuclear Power
June 21: Bennett: U.S. needs 100 more nuclear power plants
June 21: Allison Macfarlane A nuclear expert on life after Yucca.
June 17: Funds to shut nuclear plants fall short
June 14: Governors seek to deter nuclear waste storage in Western US

May 2009

May 24: LAS VEGAS FUNDRAISER: Obama plays up Reid
May 27: G.O.P. Eyes Tough Task: Winning Reid’s Seat
May 27: Mr. President, thank you for coming to Vegas
May 26: Obama says he'll meet Gibbons; governor not interested
May 25: President’s course leaves question open: Is it dead?
May 21: Is Nuclear Power Renewable Energy?
May 21: Follow the Science on Yucca
May 20: Radioactive waste
May 19: Waste Knot
May 19: Saying "Harry Reid Is Vulnerable" Doesn't Make It True
May 15: Yucca Mountain plan dead, despite appropriations
May 14: Mineral County High School National Honor Society students complete survey
May 5: NEI's CEO Marv Fertel on Nuclear Jobs
May 5: The Who What Where Why of Yucca Mountain
May 2: Sustainable Energy-without the hot air
May 2: NEI Nuclear Notes
May 2: Moving Forward in Limbo
May 4: Ensign is front and center. Now what?
May 2: Radiation exposure risk study to be presented to board
May 2: Is a salt formation in New Mexico the new Yucca Mountain?


Apr 30: GOP senators push back on plans to scrap Yucca project
Apr 30: State urged to keep fighting
Apr 20: Yucca's demise to cost Nevada, Job losses will add to economic woes
Apr 16: County seeking input on renewable energy policy
Apr 16: Energy Department presses for license as if nothing’s changed
Apr 15: In the Great Ship Titanic
Apr 04: Energy Department presses for license as if nothing’s changed
Apr 01: McCain says it's time for Plan B for Yucca project
Apr 02: Obama expected to visit Las Vegas in May
Apr 04: Energy Department presses for license as if nothing’s changed
Apr 01: McCain says it's time for Plan B for Yucca project:

March 2009

Mar 29: Mountain of Trouble Mr. Obama defunds the nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain.Now what?
Mar 29: Idaho legislators question Yucca plansMar 31: Sessions focus on licensing for Yucca site
Mar 28: Reid agrees with study on Yucca Mountain alternatives
Mar 24: US senators worry nuke waste plan could leave government liable
Mar 24: Reid's nuclear waste meeting with energy official delayed
Mar 19: NUCLEAR COMMISSION: Radioactive waste storage is revised
Mar 17: Alaska senator criticizes Obama nuke waste policy
Mar 14: Nuclear industry to fight Yucca Mountain bill
Mar 13: Yucca missing from plan to remake nuclear waste policy
Mar 12: Chu promises to develop Yucca alternative quickly
Mar 10: Group would study alternatives to Yucca
Mar 09: Senator Reid is now saying he wants to look at alternatives to Yucca
Mar 07: Idahoans unhappy with Yucca downsizing
Mar 07: Couple faces coping with Yucca job loss
Mar 06: Official: Nuclear dump is out
Mar 04: Controversy Over Yucca Mountain May Be Ending
Mar 03: Chu: Yucca no longer option for nuclear waste
Mar 03:County Ends Contract with Washington DC Law Firm
Mar 03:County Ends Contract with Washington DC Law Firm
Mar 01:There's dough in that mountain
Mar 01:What Obama and Reid would say in a chat about Yucca, mayor

February 2009

Feb 26: Reid Celebrates Obama's Yucca Mountain Decision
Feb 20: Obama budget to cut Yucca Mountain funds
Feb 17: NRC adopts 1 million year rule for Yucca Mountain
Feb 17: Nuclear industry calls for fallback plan for Yucca Mountain
Feb 14: Yucca workers try to save jobs amid predictions of 500 layoffs
Feb 13: YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Repository comments questioned
Feb 12: Yucca battle backed
Feb 12: DOE distances secretary from Yucca Mountain Project comment
Feb 12: Cuts intensify Yucca concerns
Feb 10: Ethics Commission Says No to Loux Offer / Northern Nevada, Reno
Feb 08: State urged to drop nuclear waste battle
Feb 09: Nuclear industry advised to hush up about Yucca « nuclear-news
Feb 02: Anti-Yucca Mountain strategist catching up

January 2009

Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste has released the National Transportation Plan for public comment. January 2009 DOE's Yucca Mountain Project Decision ScheduleJan 31: Yucca workers urged to fight for their jobs
Jan 30: Yucca funding likely to shrink further
Jan 29: Yucca might be cut more
Jan 22: Nevadans criticize plan to ship waste
Jan 15: Reid, Ensign seek more Yucca cuts
Jan 14: Chu calls nuclear waste 'thorny' issue
Jan 06: Yucca budget facing big cuts over 2009-10, Reid says
Jan 05: Reid discloses plans for crippling cuts to Yucca Mountain projec