U.S. Sen. Dean Heller thinks there will be a new effort to kick-start the Yucca Mountain Project after one of its most powerful and outspoken opponents, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, leaves office at the end of the year.
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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.
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.
A nuclear waste repository might or might never be built at Yucca Mountain but one group profited from a long legal fight over the Nevada site — the lawyers.
Allison Macfarlane, chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said Tuesday she will leave the agency in January, capping a two-year tenure during which she sought to return calm to an agency once split by clashes over Yucca Mountain and other controversies.
A long-awaited report issued Thursday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found key aspects of the Yucca Mountain site could meet safety requirements to store nuclear waste.
Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even after the government has spent $15 billion on it.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed two new members to the federal body that regulates the nuclear power industry and has played a role in reviewing Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a repository for nuclear waste.
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.”
A bid by two Nevada lawmakers to cut off funding and close the doors for good on the Yucca Mountain Project was slapped away on Thursday in the House.
A state panel on Tuesday 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.”
U.S. House lawmakers this week again launched an energy spending bill containing $205 million for the Nevada program that President Barack Obama ended four years ago.
Capitol Hill confrontations over Yucca Mountain are few and far between these days, but one of them took place on Wednesday when a House chairman and the leader of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission tangled on funding for the dormant nuclear waste site in Nevada.
RICHLAND, Wash. — The Department of Energy must pay Energy Northwest $19 million for its continued costs from the failure to open a national repository for spent fuel from its nuclear power plant, a federal court ordered.
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.
No Yucca Mountain? No backup plan? Then the Department of Energy can’t force utility customers to pay into a construction fund for a nuclear waste repository that no longer is on the boards, a federal court ruled Tuesday.
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.
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday dropped a hint that the Department of Energy might be in for a fight after all as it attempts to ship highly radioactive uranium waste for burial in Nevada.
A federal court is standing by its decision that the government should resume license hearings for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.
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.
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.
There’s no end in sight for legal fights over Yucca Mountain. 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.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief was pressed Tuesday to move faster on restarting the licensing process for a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain.