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.
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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.