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.
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A couple of Republican presidential hopefuls have ventured into Nevada-dicey territory by talking about Yucca Mountain and giving U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the state’s top Democrat, an opening to take some shots.
Nevada U.S. Reps. Joe Heck and Dina Titus took slightly different approaches Thursday, but both bids to remove or divert $150 million in Yucca Mountain funds from a 2016 Department of Energy spending bill were killed by voice vote in the House.
With Republicans now in charge on both sides of Capitol Hill, lawmakers who want a new life for the Yucca Mountain project launched their latest bid on Wednesday to fund the Nevada nuclear waste site.
The whir of ventilation fans and glow of lights inside the south entrance of the tunnel that loops through Yucca Mountain signaled new life for the shuttered nuclear waste study site for a few hours Thursday while six congressmen toured it.
A scuffle over the guest list has added a last-minute twist to plans by a group of congressmen to visit Yucca Mountain, the once-touted Nevada site for nuclear waste now fenced off and empty after being terminated by President Barack Obama.
A Nevada bid to send a representative along when members of Congress visit Yucca Mountain this week was turned down on Monday by organizers who said there was no room on the nuclear waste site tour.
Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Wednesday that he will do everything in his power to keep nuclear waste out of Yucca Mountain after Nevada Democrat Sen. Harry Reid retires in two 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, says Nevada Nuclear Projects Agency Director Robert Halstead.
President Barack Obama shifted gears Tuesday on nuclear waste in a move that could put even more distance between his administration and the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.
A call for Nevada to begin talks with the federal government over Yucca Mountain re-awakened strong feelings on Sunday over the prospects of burying high level nuclear waste in the state.
Nevada should open an “honest discussion” with the federal government over burying nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain to determine if citizens might want it and what benefits the state might obtain for hosting it, according to U.S. Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nev.
Two members of Congress from Nevada are reserving seats on the tour that will take a group of lawmakers to Yucca Mountain next month, a visit its organizer hopes will spark new interest in the shuttered nuclear waste site.
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.
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.
The Department of Energy has moved to end speculation over the future of Yucca Mountain, telling Congress there are no plans in the works to put the once-proposed radioactive waste site to new use.
A bill introduced Tuesday by four members of Congres from Nevada would give the state new veto power over storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.
The Energy Department appears to be shopping new uses for Yucca Mountain that it no longer wants for disposal of nuclear waste, according to senior House Republicans.
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.
A Dallas-based company is offering to store high-level used nuclear fuel at a site in West Texas until the government can find a place to permanently bury the highly radioactive waste.
The new chairman of a U.S. 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.
Analysts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday completed a safety review that gives Yucca Mountain generally positive marks, but stops short of recommending it be granted a license to operate as a nuclear waste site.
Federal safety analysts have found a flaw in the plan to bury nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain — the government does not have the necessary water rights to operate at the Nevada site.
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