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.
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A federal appeals court ruling last week gave a green light to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site but without funding the process will remain stalled, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck said Tuesday.
Rather than start from scratch on nuclear waste, a House chairman said Wednesday Congress should make another pitch — possibly along with $5.6 billion — to Nevada to revive the Yucca Mountain site.
A second effort to water down a pro-Yucca Mountain bill in the House of Representatives was squashed on Wednesday.
Rep. Dina Titus peppered the Department of Energy with more questions Wednesday about nuclear waste plans for its Nevada landfill.
WASHINGTON — A bid by Nevada lawmakers to attack funding for the Yucca Mountain Project was snuffed out Tuesday in the U.S. House.
Rep. Dina Titus gave Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz an ultimatum Tuesday to clue her in on his department’s plans for hauling dangerous, uranium-tainted nuclear waste to the Nevada National Security Site or cite legal reasons why he insists on ignoring her requests.
A long-awaited bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday charts a new path to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste, but to the chagrin of many Nevada leaders, it does not seal off the old path to Yucca Mountain.
Managers of the government-controlled landfill at the Nevada National Security Site have changed their rules to accept containers of nuclear waste that are five times more radioactive than now allowed.
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.
Burying a ton of orphaned uranium waste from Tennessee at the Nevada National Security Site might require installing a concrete container to keep its radioactive ingredients out of the environment and its dirty bomb material from falling into the wrong hands, according to Nye County officials who were at a closed-door meeting this week.
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. Ask Allison Macfarlane, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who has been renominated to remain as...
The Department of Energy considers the cocktail of uranium isotopes contained in 403 welded, steel canisters destined for the Nevada National Security Site as low-level nuclear waste.
With one exception, Nevada lawmakers expressed little concern Tuesday over a Department of Energy plan to bury bomb-usable uranium waste at the government’s national security site in the state.
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. A three-judge panel in August delayed ruling until after Congress completed...
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. That would...
A divided panel of federal judges Friday put off deciding whether to force the government to restart licensing for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.
WASHINGTON - 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. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural...
The new chairman 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.
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday confirmed a nuclear waste expert and Yucca Mountain critic to become chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Allison Macfarlane, a geologist and environmental science professor at George Mason University, was...
WASHINGTON - In what probably will be a final review of his performance as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an internal investigation released Tuesday gave mixed grades to Gregory Jaczko. Jaczko, who announced his resignation last...
U.S. senators eager to turn the page on a divisive chapter at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday welcomed President Barack Obama's choice to become the new chairman.
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. An appeals court said...