Nevada officials are expected to sign off on a contract Wednesday that is part of the state’s efforts to continue the fight against the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
Contrary to his campaign rhetoric, President Donald Trump has not articulated a position on Yucca Mountain though his administration has released a spending plan that includes $120 million to jumpstart the facility.
If licensing proceedings for the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada’s Nye County, arguments will be based on arcane computer models of what might or might not happen over a million years.
A bill to restart the stalled Yucca Mountain project was approved by a full House committee on Wednesday after members tried to appease Nevada by striking a provision dealing with state water rights.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry was on Capitol Hill on Thursday for another hearing and tangled with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto over administration plans for the Yucca Mountain project.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended a $28 billion budget proposal Tuesday, citing the need for $120 million to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project and develop interim storage that could include the Nevada National Security Site.
A bill to expedite the licensing and development of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada was passed by a subcommittee on Thursday, clearing the first hurdle for legislation expected to be taken up in the House this year.
The Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain program was defunded and dismantled under President Barack Obama, leaving only a handful of scientists from the hundreds who once worked on the project.
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.
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste plan was kept alive Tuesday when a panel of judges ruled the Obama administration does not have the authority to withdraw the project without permission from Congress.