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January 31, 2010 — Obama’s climate card: nuclear power: Billions on table in bid to get GOP support for emissions law — AP

January 30, 2010 — Federal panel to examine nuclear waste storage — WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration continued its march away from Yucca Mountain on Friday with the naming of a 15-member panel of experts to chart new paths to manage highly radioactive nuclear waste — Stephens Washington Bureau

January 29, 2010 — Experts to study Yucca alternative Chu will name members of panel today, sources say: WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu is poised to announce today the long-awaited expert panel to recommend alternatives to storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, congressional sources said. The announcement is seen as another step in the process to end the government's decades-long bid to build an underground repository in Nevada for 77,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel — Stephens Washington Bureau

January 28, 2010 — Panel explores eventual fate of Yucca Mountain records A three-judge panel in charge of hearing disagreements associated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposed Yucca Mountain Waste Repository is trying to figure out how to dress a turkey before it’s dead — Las Vegas Sun

January 28, 2010 — Budget cut could trash Yucca data: Officials suggest retention of Licensing Support Network —A panel weighing the Energy Department's license application for building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain wonders what will happen to 80 million pages of supporting documents if funding to keep track of them is slashed after September —

January 27, 2010 — Yucca project assailed: NRC board hears Nevada's challenges: Nevada's lead attorney took a stab Tuesday at killing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, arguing before a licensing board that the Department of Energy neglected to consider the failure or absence of a key safety feature. Also, Marty Malsch, a lawyer with a Washington, D.C.-area firm retained by the state, told nuclear regulators the repository's design should be rejected because it is only 70 percent complete

January 26 & 27NRC hearing: High Level Waste Repository Note: The proceedings of January 26 and 27, 2010, will be open to the public. They will also be webstreamed for public viewing on January 26: and on January 27: This web stream also will be available for viewing for 90 days after the proceeding concludes.

January 14, 2050 — White House, Energy Department clash over Yucca Mountain cuts — WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy and the White House are at odds over how steep to cut the Yucca Mountain budget for fiscal 2011, according to reports. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu is balking over the White House plan to slash the budget . . . Las Vegas Sun

January 11, 2010 — Yucca Haunts Admin's Lagging Efforts on Nuclear Waste Study Panel — While President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget proposal is expected to sound a death knell for the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, the administration has so far failed to launch the blue-ribbon commission it promised almost a year ago to decide on a waste-disposal alternative — By KATHERINE LING of Greenwire


February 26, 2010 — Berkley to Sanford: Stop trying to ‘screw Nevada’ — South Carolina governor sues to stop Obama shutdown of Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

February 25, 2010 — Feds will recommend killing Yucca next week, nuke director says — Nuclear Projects Office Director Bruce Breslow told lawmakers Wednesday the federal Department of Energy will file an application next week to withdraw the application to license Yucca Mountain as the nation's nuclear waste dump — Nevada Appeal

February 24, 2010 — South Carolina attorney general to intervene in Yucca dispute — AP

February 16, 2010 — NRC judges halt Yucca license hearings — WASHINGTON - A panel of administrative law judges on Tuesday halted most license matters for the proposed Yucca Mountain repository, another step toward the possible shutdown of the nuclear waste program — Stephens Washington Bureau

February 16, 2010 — South Carolina governor protests Yucca termination: Legal options sought to force go-ahead of project — WASHINGTON -- South Carolina's governor is protesting the Obama administration's planned termination of the Yucca Mountain Project, including asking the state's attorney general to "pursue every legal action possible" to stop the shutdown — Stephens Washington Bureau

February 11, 2010 — NRC nominees won't stand in way of Yucca Mountain shutdown — WASHINGTON -- Three officials nominated to fill seats on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicated this week that they would not stand in the way of a shutdown of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste program — Stephens Washington Bureau

February 11, 2010 — State losing more jobs in Yucca shutdown —

February 10, 2010 — Energy Department pulls water applications for Yucca rail line: Agency wanted wells to build rail line to Yucca Mountain — In what is the strongest sign to date that it will abandon the Yucca Mountain Project, the Department of Energy on Tuesday withdrew 116 water applications it had filed with the State Engineer for building a rail line to haul nuclear waste to the mountain from Caliente —

February 08, 2010 — Yucca Mountain seen as possible reprocessing site — A devastating blow last week to a plan to bury nuclear waste under Yucca Mountain has bolstered another controversial idea: reprocessing nuclear waste at the same location on the Nevada Test Site —

February 07, 2010 —
Harry Reid leads push to end nuke waste project Nevada never wanted: WASHINGTON — After all the years spent fighting the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a phone call on a Wednesday in July between the Senate majority leader and the new energy secretary turned the tide — Las Vegas Sun

February 07, 2010 —What’s next for Yucca? Restoration — Las Vegas Sun

February 05, 2010 — Energy chief defends Yucca Mountain determination WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Thursday defended the decision to terminate the Yucca Mountain program, telling senators at a budget hearing the Nevada repository plan is being set aside in a search for "better solutions" — Stephens Washington Bureau

February 03, 2010 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Nuke group sets 'alarms' Trade organization representing industry wants to allow plan to be revived if warranted in future — WASHINGTON -- The nuclear industry's trade group is signaling it might not go along with the Obama administration's plan to withdraw from Yucca Mountain and make it difficult if not impossible to revive the proposed nuclear waste repository ever again — Stephens Washington Bureau

February 03, 2010 — Yucca's 625 workers face uncertain futures

February 02, 2010 — Harry Reid seeks alternative uses for Yucca Mountain — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today asked the Government Accountability Office to begin consultation with the state of Nevada and federal agencies on other uses for Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

February 02, 2010 — Yucca Mountain’s death just a few steps away — Washington — The long and tortured effort to build a national burial ground at Yucca Mountain for highly radioactive waste will be halted once and for all, the Obama administration promised Monday, saying it would withdraw the application to build the project and starve it of funds Las Vegas Sun

February 02, 2010 — WHITE HOUSE BUDGET: Sky may be falling over Yucca: Funding cutoff, DOE plans may close door on project — WASHINGTON -- After two decades of strife between Nevada and the federal government, the end may be in sight for Yucca Mountain following a series of critical moves Monday by the Obama administration — Stephens Washington Bureau

February 01, 2010 — U.S. Department of Energy’s Motion to Stay the Proceeding [withdrawal of the Yucca license application with prejudice within 30 day] — US Department of Energy
[Related Story — Nevada’s 23 year fight to prevent the permanent storage of the nation’s high level nuclear waste and spent fuel may finally be coming to a positive end! — State of Nevada

February 01, 2010 — Proposal would eliminate funding for Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will propose eliminating funding for the Yucca Mountain Project in a new budget he will submit to Congress today, said Nevada lawmakers who were notified over the weekend — [More Coverage — Las Vegas Sun


March 30, 2010 — What To Do With Nuclear Waste - After Yucca Mountain: President Barack Obama's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future will have its first meeting this week. The commission, formed after Obama cancelled the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in January, is tasked with rebooting the country's five-decade-plus effort to manage its high-level radioactive waste — Opinion By Robert Alvarez
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March 30, 2010 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN SHUTDOWN: Chu says DOE to move forward on Yucca shutdown — WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy has the legal authority to terminate the Yucca Mountain program over the protests of lawmakers who say DOE needs further permission from Congress, according to Energy Secretary Steven Chu — Stephens Washington Bureau [Related Story]

March 29, 2010 — [Editorial Comment] Yucca Mountain Worst Option For Waste— Science and politics are often at odds; so when they are in accord, we should accept the decision and celebrate it. Yucca Mountain is, in my opinion, the worst site that has been investigated in the United States for a high-level radioactive waste repository —By Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

March 28, 2010 — Yucca Mountain out: Hanford nuke waste has nowhere to go — The tanks are still there, 177 in all, packed with 53 million gallons of radioactive waste. One million gallons have leached into the desert soil. A decade from now, this byproduct of the atomic age at Hanford nuclear reservation was to be turned into 14-foot-long glass rods, loaded in steel canisters and shipped to Nevada . . . Seattletimes

March 27, 2010 — The Nuclear Waste Problem: Where To Put It? — New Presidential Commission is Exploring Ways to Store Radioactive Nuclear Fuel —

March 26, 2010 — Nuclear waste panel invited to Nevada -- Nevadans want to share Yucca lessons: WASHINGTON -- A nuclear waste blue ribbon commission was invited Friday to hold a field hearing in Nevada to review lessons learned from the teetering Yucca Mountain repository plan. Invitations were extended by representatives of Nye and Clark counties as the commission began forming a work plan for its two-year study of how used nuclear fuel might be managed, stored and ultimately prepared for disposal — Stephens Washington Bureau

March 25, 2010 — Nuclear waste panel begins work in post-Yucca era: Group told that Yucca Mountain is no longer the answer

March 25, 2010 — NUCLEAR WASTE: Energy chief blasted as panel foresees battle over Yucca shutdown WASHINGTON -- Criticism of the Obama administration's handling of Yucca Mountain hit a new level Wednesday when Energy Secretary Steven Chu was raked by House lawmakers challenging his moves to shut down the nuclear waste repository project. The chairman of a House energy subcommittee suggested the administration might have a fight on its hands after panel members questioned the legality of terminating the Yucca project office and restructuring its work force — Stephens Washington Bureau [Related Story — CNN]

March 24, 2010 — Agency says more Yucca jobs near end — WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy is moving toward a final round of layoffs on the Yucca Mountain Project, which the agency wants to close down for good by the end of September — Stephens Washington Bureau

March 24, 2010 — Bipartisan Group of House Members Float Plan to Block Yucca Mountain Closure — group of House Democrats and Republicans introduced a resolution yesterday to stop the Obama administration from ending the nuclear waste repository program at Yucca Mountain, Nev., and to save important project data —

March 22, 2010 — Group calls on Congress to keep Yucca Mountain alive — WASHINGTON — Days before an Obama administration-tapped panel holds its first meeting on alternatives to Yucca Mountain, a coalition, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is calling on Congress to reverse the president's proposed zeroing out of the proposed nuclear waste repository project's budget — Las Vegas SunRead the groups letter

March 22, 2010 — More Opposition Emerges To DOE Plan To End Licensing Of Yucca Mountain — Nevada News Bureau

March 22, 2010 — The nuclear waste problem: Where to put it? —

March 20, 2010 — SUN EDITORIAL:Yucca fight not overNuclear industry’s supporters not yet ready to concede defeat of waste dump — Las Vegas Sun

March 19, 2010 — Nuclear Waste Disposal: Exit Yucca Mountain, Enter Illinois? —

March 17, 2010 — Shelving of Yucca opposed:Two more groups object to abandoning project — The Prairie Island Indian Community of Red Wing, Minn., filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission late Monday to oppose the Department of Energy's request to withdraw a license application for the Nevada nuclear waste storage site. — Stephens Washington Bureau [Related Story]

March 14, 2010 — Yucca Mountain shutdown criticized: Head of Nuclear Regulatory Commission calls Obama's action 'unfortunate' — Stephens Washington Bureau

March 11, 2010 — Agency needs new plan after Yucca decision: Long-term storage of nuclear waste still an issue — WASHINGTON -- With the Yucca Mountain repository apparently off the table, safety regulators will need to retool to determine whether nuclear waste can remain stored at reactor sites for periods of a hundred years or longer, officials said Wednesday — Stephens Washington Bureau

March 10, 2010 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN FOES: 'Sweet' victory savored -- More than 100 attend mock wake for project — Richard Bryan - NevadaHow sweet it is. How sweet it is. And it really is." That's how former Nevada Sen. Richard Bryan, a long-time foe of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, opened his "keynote eulogy" Tuesday night at the project's mock wake at the Palms. Bryan pumped his fists in victory as more than 100 anti-Yucca activists cheered and the "Rocky" movie theme blared inside the ghostbar at the top of the resort.—

March 09, 2010 — Debating the Nuclear Waste Problem — With Nevada’s Yucca Mountain facility apparently out of the picture as a nuclear waste repository, government nuclear experts say interim measures might be needed for a very long time — Green Inc.

March 09, 2010 — Yucca Mountain foe: Work paid off — DOE move surprises former state official — The man who led Nevada's charge against the Yucca Mountain Project for more than 20 years says he's surprised that the Department of Energy took action on its own to withdraw its license request to build a nuclear waste repository in the ridge, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. "I have to admit that side of it is kind of a surprise," Bob Loux, former executive director of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects, said after DOE filed a motion last week to withdraw its construction application from a nuclear licensing board. —

March 07, 2010 — Can Technology Solve Nuclear's Problems? NPR - Science Frieday

March 04, 2010 — Democratic senator challenges energy chief on Yucca Mountain decision — Washington senator vents to DOE chief — Stephens Washington Bureau

March 04, 2010 — Yucca Mountain foes hail historic step to kill nuclear waste depository — There, popping up on computer screens in offices in Washington and Carson City, was the news that a slim, 15-page legal document had been filed, taking the biggest step yet — one in a series of giant leaps this year — in dashing long-running government plans for a nuclear waste dump in the desert 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Sun

March 02, 2010 — Wash. to intervene in Yucca Mountain case — YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington state plans to intervene in the federal government's decision to withdraw its license application for a Nevada nuclear waste repository — STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU


April 29, 2010 — Georgia, South Carolina community leaders protest Yucca shutdown — Stephens Washington Bureau

April 28, 2010 —Yucca deadline now June 30 — WASHINGTON -- Administrative judges weighing a Yucca Mountain shutdown gave themselves another month to make a decision on Tuesday — Stephens Washington Bureau

April 27, 2010 — Lowden Attends Pro-Nuclear Energy Meeting In Reno — NevadaNewsBureau

April 24, 2010 — NRC sets June 1 deadline for Yucca Mountain ruling — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reversing an earlier decision, and setting a June 1 deadline to decide if the federal Department of Energy can withdraw its application to build a national radioactive waste dump in Nevada — Las Vegas Sun

  • MEMORANDUM AND ORDER:...vacate the Board's Suspension Order and remand the matter to the Board for prompt resolution of DOE's motion to withdraw [13 Pages] — NRC

April 23, 2010 — 'Into Eternity' Examines Nuclear Waste Dilemma — Nevada's Yucca Mountain is no longer an option for long-term storage of nuclear waste. But construction of a similar project is under way in Finland. In his film Into Eternity, director Michael Madsen questions the feasibility of safely storing waste for hundreds of thousands of years — NPR

April 22, 2010 — Senate plan leaves Yucca project off the budget —WASHINGTON -- The Senate took an initial step Thursday to end funding for the Yucca Mountain Project when its budget committee approved a 2011 blueprint that senators said contains no room for the nuclear waste repository plan. The budget plan put together by Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., "supports the president's request to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository and establish a blue ribbon commission to investigate alternatives," according to a Senate Budget Committee document — Stephens Washington Bureau

April 19, 2010 — Nuclear power makes a quiet comeback in the states —

April 18, 2010 — Editorial [Catherine Cortez Masto, Attorney Gebneal of Nevada] Time to move past Yucca — The Obama administration has valid scientific and technical grounds for finding Yucca Mountain unworkable as a repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste — Las Vegas Suin

April 15, 2010 — Yucca’s Fate Discussed By Nye County Commissioner And Waste Repository Consultant —

April 14, 2010 — DOE offers 21-day halt to Yucca Mountain project shutdown — WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy on Wednesday halted dismantling of the Yucca Mountain project, offering a 21-day timeout so federal judges can weigh the latest legal challenges to the planned scrapping of the nuclear waste project — Stephens Washington Bureau

April 14, 2010— [Las Vegas] SUN EDITORIAL: Bringing back Yucca? States that want nuclear waste dump ignore risk, safety issues with plans — Las Vegas Sun

April 13, 2010 — Government May Support Nuclear Power's Comeback NPR

April 13, 2010 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Washington state continues push to halt Yucca shutdown — Stephens Washington Bureau [Read the Motion For Consolidation]

April 13, 2010 Yucca Mountain dump opponents see their momentum ebb — WASHINGTON — It turns out neither the president nor Harry Reid nor the state of Nevada will be the ones deciding whether the nation’s nuclear fuel dump will be built at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

April 13, 2010 — DOE seeks prompt ruling on plan to retract Yucca repository application —

April 09, 2010 —Nuclear Waste May Get A Second Life NPR

April 09, 2010 — NUCLEAR WASTE: Expert: Reprocessing often fails, too costly: Poll shows 44 percent of Nevadans oppose using Yucca Mountain — People who are pinning their hopes on breeder reactors and reprocessing used fuel for dealing with the nation's nuclear waste dilemma need a reality check, a nonprofit energy policy research group asserted in a new study Thursday —

April 07, 2010 — 'Yucca is far from dead' amid court, NRC issues —WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department's drive to terminate the Yucca Mountain Project took a surprise turn this week that might either streamline the shutdown or delay it for months or longer. A panel of three judges at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday suspended briefings on the proposed DOE shutdown until a federal court can decide on some of the legal issues that critics have raised in challenging the move — Stephens Washington Bureau

April 03, 2010 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE sued over nuclear waste fund — WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy was sued Friday by state utility regulators who challenge whether consumers should continue paying into a $30 billion government nuclear waste fund if a Yucca Mountain repository is no longer in the plans — Stephens Washington Bureau


May 28, 2010 — Defense bill seeks studies on Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON -- The House passed a defense bill on Friday that calls for studies on what it would take to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and what the impact would be if the project is closed for good — Stephens Washington Bureau

May 26, 2010 — Nuke waste panel to visit Hanford but local rep says thanks for nothing —

May 18, 2010 — Nevada and counties split over ending Yucca — WASHINGTON -- The state of Nevada and Clark County say the Department of Energy has the power to terminate the Yucca Mountain Project. A half dozen rural counties in the state say it does not — Stephens Washington Bureau

May 17, 2010 — Nevada files motion for Yucca application withdrawal — CARSON CITY – The state of Nevada filed a motion Monday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asking it to approve the application of the Department of Energy to pull out of Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

May 17, 2010 — [Editorial] It’s just fool’s gold — Common sense should tell you that the Yucca Mountain project is deadly — Las Vegas Sun

May 17, 2010 — UNLV researchers seeking ways to reprocess nuclear fuel —

May 14, 2010 — For N.M., Nuclear Waste May Be Too Hot To Handle — NPR

May 13, 2010 — DOE tells Yucca contractors to stop work, prepare further job reductions — WASHINGTON: The dismantling of the Yucca Mountain repository plan advanced this week when the Department of Energy ordered the project's main contractors to stop most work and prepare further job reductions — Stephens Washington Bureau

May 11, 2010 — Nuke director: Yucca dump project in death throes — Nuclear Projects director Bruce Breslow told lawmakers Tuesday the Yucca Mountain project will be the subject of hearings later this year that should result in its death — Nevada Appeal

May 11, 2010 — Former governor: Yucca Mountain an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ — CARSON CITY – Former Gov. Robert List thinks the state should take a new look at construction of a $100 billion project to bury high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Suin

May 08, 2010 — Hastings, Inslee fight Yucca shutdown — President Obama will not be allowed to abandon the Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository if they have their way, said Democratic and Republican congressmen Friday —

Map 07, 2010 — [Nye County] $250,000 for Yucca exhibits approved on consent agendaPahrump Valley Times

May 04, 2010 — Court gives DOE green light to continue Yucca shutdown — WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy has been given the green light to move full speed ahead with its shutdown plans for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste program. A federal appeals court late Monday dismissed a request to freeze termination activities until later this year, after judges have weighed lawsuits challenging the shutdown — Stephens Washington Bureau

May 03, 2010 — Nuke lawyers heading back to Vegas — WASHINGTON -- The nuclear waste lawyers will be back in Las Vegas on June 3 and 4. — That's when administrative law judges on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, a branch of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, have set oral arguments on whether the Yucca Mountain license application should be terminated — Stephens Washington Bureau


June 30, 2010 — NRC sets schedule for Yucca Mountain appeals — WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission set ground rules Wednesday for appeals of this week's ruling that sidetracked plans to scrap a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste license — Stephens Washington Bureau

June 29, 2010 — Panel: Yucca Mountain waste dump process continues — A Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel says the federal Department of Energy can't withdraw its application to build a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada — AP [ Detailed Coverage — Stephens Washington Bureau ]    [Read the 45 Page Decision] [More Coverage - New York Times]

June 20, 2010 Yucca's nuclear fallout: Opponents cheer demise, but jobs vanish with site's closure —

June 17, 2010 — The Nuclear Power Resurgence: How Safe Are the New Reactors? — Environment 360

June 14, 2010 — Nuclear wasteland — AFTER MORE than 20 years, four administrations and billions of dollars spent, Yucca Mountain is the one place in America that a new Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future cannot look to put this country's nuclear waste. Created by the Obama administration after it jettisoned the Nevada project . . . Washington Post

June 05, 2010 State designated to aid Yucca archiving effort — Keeping 80 million pages of documents on the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain project preserved and accessible was the challenge faced Friday by a three-judge licensing panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

June 04, 2010 — Panel hears arguments on Yucca abandonment — Like the refrain from the Grateful Dead song, the only thing opposing lawyers could agree on is that the 23-year battle over Yucca Mountain has been "a long, strange trip" —

June 02, 2010 — Temporary' Home Lasts Decades for Nuclear Waste —


July 28, 2010 — Utah leaders protest pro-nuke waste ruling— Critics renewed their rallying cry Tuesday against plans to store used nuclear reactor rods at a Utah Indian reservation after a judge’s ruling revived the proposal long thought to be dead — Salt Lake Tribune

July 27, 2010 — Liability for Scrapping Yucca Mountain Could Run In the Billions —

July 27, 2010 — DOJ in Settlement Talks for Nuclear Waste Cases —

July 23, 2010 — Yucca shutdown lacks master plan, auditors say — WASHINGTON -- Department of Energy officials are moving so fast to terminate the Yucca Mountain program that they did not put together a master plan to guide the shutdown of such a major project, auditors said in a report Friday — STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

July 22, 2010 — Bid to revive Yucca Mountain Project defeated in Senate — WASHINGTON -- A new bid to revive federal funding for the Yucca Mountain Project was defeated Thursday in Congress, as Democrats continued to hold the line against the out-of-favor nuclear waste plan — Stephens Washington Bureau

July 19, 2010 — [Editorial] Don't let politics drive a nuclear-waste decision Washington Post

July 17, 2010 — NRC commissioner recuses from Yucca case: WASHINGTON -- A member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has disqualified himself from an upcoming key vote on the Yucca Mountain repository, saying he may have a conflict — Stephens Washington Bureau

July 10, 2010 — Analysis Triples U.S. Plutonium Waste Figures

July 10, 2010 — Nevada postmortem: DOE failed to win trust on Yucca Mountain project — WASHINGTON -- If any state is ever going to agree to have nuclear waste buried in its backyard, the government is going to need to do things much differently than it did at Yucca Mountain, according to Nevadans involved in the long repository battle — Stephens Washington Bureau

July 09, 2010 — DOE appeals on Yucca decision — Stephens Washington Bureau

July 09, 2010 — Nevada files brief backing withdrawal of Yucca application — Cy Ryan - Las Vegas Sun [Read the State of Nevada's Brief]

July 07, 2010 — Blue Ribbon Commission on American's Nuclear Future - Disposal Subcommittee Presentations —

July 06, 2010 — Lawmakers seek to halt Yucca shutdown — WASHINGTON -- A group of 91 federal lawmakers Tuesday called for the Obama administration to halt the termination of the Yucca Mountain repository until legal questions about the shutdown are resolved — Stephens Washington Bureau


August 27, 2010 — [Sun Editorial] GOP loves a nuke dump If Republicans gain control of Congress, Yucca Mountain will come alive — Las Vegas Sun [More commentary —]

August 24, 2010 — Little Hope, Help for DOE's Displaced Yucca Mountain Contract Workers . . . After three decades spent studying Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage, the Department of Energy is now preparing to close the site by Sept. 30. Funding for the site has decreased in recent years —

August 23, 2010 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN: NRC staff gives Yucca overview a passing grade — License application for project continues — Stephens Washington Bureau

August 21, 2010 — Yucca a political issue in other states — WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's decision to bypass Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository should give Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a boost in his bid for a fifth term. The action is not doing another endangered Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, any favors — AP

August 19, 2010 — Nuclear Regulatory Commission urged to speed up Yucca decision —

August 18, 2010 — Yucca not buried yet, official says — State's nuclear project agency chief warns against reprocessing 'myths' —

August 17, 2010 — Nuclear waste issue could be solved, if. — Nuclear energy offers several advantages: It's clean, powerful and relatively cheap. But it also yields hazardous waste, a fact that terrifies a public haunted by memories of accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear reactors — Reuters

August 17, 2010 —FACTBOX-Timeline of U.S. nuclear reprocessing
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August 17, 2010 — [Meeting] Nevada Legislature - Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste (NRS 459.0085) — LCB website

August 12, 2010 — Nuclear panel members reject calls to recuse selves from Yucca vote — WASHINGTON -- Two members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday they intend to take part in an upcoming Yucca Mountain vote, rejecting calls that they should disqualify themselves for bias — Stephens Washington Bureau

August 11, 2010 — Panel looking at Maine Yankee's waste: Subcommittee of Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future visits old plant —

August 04, 2010 — Yucca Project's Last 600 Employees Scramble for New Jobs — Two years ago, about 2,700 employees worked on the Yucca Mountain project. That number is now about 600 -- and by the end of September, it will be zero

August 02, 2001 — Notice of Public Workshop on a Potential Rulemaking for Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facilities — NRC

August 01, 2001 — [Editorial] Keep fighting nuke wasteDeseret News editorial — Desert News


September 28, 2010 — Interior won’t fight ruling on nuclear site— The federal government has decided not to fight a court ruling that might allow the Skull Valley Goshute Indians to revive their plans to store reactor waste on their Tooele County reservation — Utha

September 21, 2010 — Fuel and waste no bar to US nuclear growth — Report finds that plentiful fuel supplies and temporary storage will buy decades of time to develop a longer-term strategy . . . The MIT report steers clear of the political debate and says there is ample time to resolve the fate of spent nuclear fuel piling up at the nation's 104 existing nuclear reactors. In fact, it says, the United States could plan to keep spent reactor fuel in interim storage for up to a century, while developing an adequate geological solution for long-term storage —
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September 20, 2010 — President Barack Obama's Yucca Mountain decision is a blow to US nuclear power —

September 18, 2010 — Reid message on YMP revival: Hell No — Stephens Washington Bureau

September 17, 2010 — Nuclear agency’s rule change relieves pressure on Yucca Mountain— Yucca Mountain appears to be getting a reprieve this week after the country’s chief nuclear regulatory agency said radioactive waste can be safely stored on-site at reactors for decades longer than previously thought — Las Vegas Sun

September 10, 2010 — State says report gives wrong impression about Yucca Mountain safety — CARSON CITY — The state is complaining that an initial federal government report gives the wrong impression that Yucca Mountain would be a safe place to locate a high-level nuclear dump — Las Vegas Sun [Read the State's Letter to NRS]


October 24, 2010 — Yucca's future rides on senate race — If Harry Reid is no longer Senate majority leader after the election, Nevada will be in a much weaker position to stop the federal government from building the Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste dump, the executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects contends —

October 22, 2010 —NRC commissioners face restive staff on Yucca flap —

October 15, 2010 — Yucca Mountain Project directive prompted rare NRC confrontation — Feud among commissioners revealed in documents — [Related Story — NevadaNewsBureau

October 13, 2010 — Investigation urged into NRC chairman's actions on Yucca Mountain project — Ex-member says order to halt review 'unilateral' — Stephens Washington Bureau

October 08, 2010 — Nuclear agency defends chairman's Yucca Mountain shutdown directive — [Related Story]

October 06, 2010 — Yucca project review halted: NRC chief tables viability study of nuclear waste site —

October 02, 2010— U.S. Civilian Radioactive Waste Management R.I.P. 1982 – 2010 — The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCWRM) died yesterday evening, September 30, 2010, at midnight. It was 28-years-old. According to a spokesman, the cause of death was “the Administration’s decision not to pursue development of a repository at Yucca Mountain” — Nuclear


November 28, 2010 — Republicans Turn Up Pressure on Nuclear Panel —

November 24, 2010 — With GOP takeover of House, is revival of Yucca debate in offing? — WASHINGTON — Nevada’s congressional Republicans and Democrats have had their fair share of differences, but over the past three decades they have all come down on the same side of one issue: opposing use of Yucca Mountain as any kind of destination for spent nuclear fuel — Las Vegas Sun

November 22, 2010 — Incoming House leaders setting table for attempt at Yucca revival —

November 21, 2010 — SUN EDITORIAL: A political meltdown
Republicans making desperate attempt to send radioactive waste to Nevada — Las Vegas Sun

November 19, 2010 — GOP seeks to revive Yucca project — Three Republican congressmen have served notice in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget that the battle over Yucca Mountain is far from over. The letter by U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson of Idaho, Doc Hastings of Washington and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin requests a review of the decision by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko to shut down the review . . . Nevada Appeal [Read the letter]

Nobember 18, 2010 — G.O.P. Gains on Capitol Hill May Not Advance Nuclear Power —

November 12, 2010 — GOP, Reid headed for more conflict over Yucca, nuclear waste —

November 11, 2010 — EDITORIAL: Reid's $10 billion tunnel to nowhere —

November 10, 2010 — Vote timing nettles repository backers: NRC chief denies delay tied to Senate race — Stephens Washington Bureau

November 09, 2010 — Division remains on storing nuclear waste — But experts at competing meetings agree that a site is still needed —

November 02, 2010 — On Election Day, Yucca Mountain Rears Its Ugly Head Again —

November 2010 —Secretarial Determination of the Adequacy of the Nuclear Waste Fund Fee —

November 01, 2010 — John McCain thinking Yucca Mountain in Las Vegas visit? — Las Vegas Sun


December 28, 2010 — Sandoval to appoint former Sparks mayor as head of DMV — Gov.-elect Brian Sandoval announced today he will replace the director of the Department of Motor Vehicles when he takes office next week. Former Sparks Mayor Bruce Breslow, who currently heads the state’s nuclear projects agency, will be tapped to head the department — Las Vegas Sun

December 25, 2010 — How Stuff Works: How high-level nuclear waste works — Let's imagine that you own a nuclear power plant. You are in a pretty good position these days because, compared to a coal-fired power plant, your operation is very green. You are producing lots of reliable electricity without releasing any carbon dioxide into the atmosphere . . . Desert News

December 19, 2010— [Editorial] Guy W. Farmer: Bring on the Yucca Mountain debate — Nevada Appeal

December 16, 2010 — State officials line up to fight Yucca Mountain site . . . "I will not consider accepting high-level nuclear waste in our state -- period," [Gov Elect] Sandoval said in a statement on Wednesday — [See the Governor's full statment —] [Read the Governor's Statement]

December 15, 2010 — NRC panel dismisses several state challenges — Yucca Mountain safety issues still alive in licensing hearing — (Read the ruling 8 pages, PDF)   [More Coverage — Las Vegas Sun]

December 13, 2010 — US court dismisses NARUC, NEI nuclear waste fee petitions — Platts [More Coverage Waste & Recycling News]

December 10, 2010 — Federal court allows Yucca Mountain case to proceed CARSON CITY – A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit aimed at stopping work on a nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain can go forward. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., has lifted its stay on the legal action filed in Aiken County, S.C., which said the U.S. Department of Energy has no authority to scrap the Yucca Mountain plans — Las Vegas Sun [More Coverage - LA Times]

December 08, 2010 — NRC attempts to break Yucca Mountain deadlock —

December 05, 2010 — GOP forging shift in Yucca Mountain debate — For a small cadre of Northern Nevada businesspeople, trying to spark an “intellectual” debate about the possible benefits of developing Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste facility had long been an exercise in tilting at windmills — Lass Vegas Sun

December 03, 2010 — Buffett Helps Create Nuclear Fuel Bank — Spurred by a pledge of $50 million from Warren E. Buffett, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency voted Friday to set up a global nuclear fuel bank that aspiring nations can turn to for reactor fuel instead of making it themselves — NyTimes.ocm

December 03, 2010 — Obama tells governors he won't reconsider Yucca shutdown —

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