Federal plans to saddle Nevada with burying the nation’s most potent radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain were bemoaned Tuesday by the state Commission on Nuclear Projects and American Indians who would be most affected.
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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.
Nevada is ready to continue its fight against any efforts to license Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear waste dump with a vote Tuesday by a state board to extend a contract for private legal representation.
As they’ve done in the past when the Yucca Mountain Project received billions of federal dollars for studying where to put the nation’s highly radioactive waste, Las Vegas City Council members chimed in Wednesday against resurrecting the funding-starved effort following a presentation by the state’s leading critic.
There is no need for the leader of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to recuse herself from the Yucca Mountain case, according to attorneys for the state of Nevada coming to the defense of agency Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane.
When it comes to major legal matters of radioactive waste, $11.1 million doesn’t go very far. Already lawyers are battling over how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should spend what money it has to resume licensing for Yucca Mountain.