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Yucca Mountain repository hearings announced

WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday announced two public meetings in Nevada to discuss the latest environmental report on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

A Sept. 15 meeting is set for the Embassy Suites Convention Center at 3600 Paradise Road in Las Vegas.

On Sept. 17, the commission will hear comments at the Amargosa Community Center, 821 E. Amargosa Farm Road, in Amargosa Valley.

Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m., the agency said.

The agency is collecting public comment on the supplemental environmental report released this month on the proposed nuclear waste site 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The report said particles of nuclear waste that might leak into groundwater from a Yucca Mountain repository would have only a small effect on health and safety.

The study has sparked a new round of debate over the project that was mothballed by President Barack Obama in 2010 but is the focus of revival talks among some congressmen.

Commission staff will hold a conference call from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday to explain how to submit comments, with further information available on the its website.

A Sept. 3 meeting will be at commission headquarters in Rockville, Md., from noon to 2 p.m. PDT. The session will be webcast and a call-in line provided, the agency said. Further details are available at http://meetings.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg.

On Oct. 15, the commission staff will conduct a final public meeting on a conference call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Further information will be posted to the its meetings website, it said.

Contact Review-Journal Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@reviewjournal.com or 202-783-1760. Find him on Twitter: @STetreaultDC

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