2011 Yucca Mountain News Archive

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January

January 31, 2011 — New Fight Breaks Out on Nuclear Dump Site — WASHINGTON—Republican lawmakers are trying to revive plans for a nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, setting up a showdown with the Obama administration over its efforts to abandon the site last year — wsj.com

January 27, 2011 — DOE seeks four-month wait on Yucca Mountain case — RJ.com

January 19, 2011 — Governor Sandoval Appoints Acting Director for the Agency for Nuclear Projects — State of Nevada

January 18, 2011 — New chairman sets sight on Yucca hearings — RJ.com

January 14, 2011 — [Editorial] Yucca Mountain still breathing? — RJ.com

January 12, 2011 — 2010 Report of the Nevada Commission On Nuclear Projects: Summary of Key Points [5 Page PDF] [“The continuing uncertainty that permeates the Yucca Mountain program is especially troubling for the State of Nevada …. Nevada now finds itself in a legal and procedural limbo. It will likely be well into 2011 or beyond before developments in the licensing, legal and political arenas will have been sufficiently sorted out to know whether Yucca Mountain is to go forward in licensing or is to be terminated, as DOE proposes. … [T]he Governor and Legislature must remain vigilant and be prepared to continue aggressive opposition to Yucca Mountain until its fate is ultimately determined.” Richard H. Bryan, Chairman Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects — State of Nevada

January 12, 2011 — Appeals court to hear arguments in Yucca Mountain lawsuit WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has set March 22 for oral arguments in a lawsuit against the Department of Energy for terminating the Yucca Mountain Project RJ.com

January 08, 2011 — South Carolina senator seeks reversal of Yucca Mountain work stoppage — RJ.com

January 04, 2011 — Federal attorneys maintain US DOE has authority to kill Yucca — The US Department of Energy's attempt to withdraw its license application for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was within the department's legal authority, federal attorneys told an appeals court Monday — Platts


February

February 26, 2011 — Two orders by panel keep active licensing case for Yucca Mountain — RJ.com

February 23, 2011 — Why Wyoming’s Former Governor Vetoed Nuclear Waste In 1992, Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan vetoed the “monitored retrievable storage” process that would have brought nuclear waste to Wyoming. In doing so, he wrote a letter to the federal government listing seven reasons why he thought it was a bad idea — NewsWest.net

February 19, 2011 — House spending bill prolongs dispute over Yucca shutdown — RJ.com

February 18, 2011 — NRC releases redacted draft of Yucca safety report — RGJ.com

February 16, 2011— 3 states sue over nuclear waste storage — WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Three Northeastern states are suing federal regulators for allowing the storage of radioactive waste for up to 60 years at the nation’s nuclear power plants — Boston.com

February 15, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL: Ending Yucca Mountain: GOP fights president’s proposal to end fatally flawed nuclear waste project — Las Vegas Sun

February 14, 2011 — Keep nuclear waste on site? States sue to block — WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Three northeastern states are suing federal regulators for allowing the storage of radioactive waste for up to 60 years at the nation's nuclear power plants — AP

February 14, 2011 — Obama budget confirms end of Yucca Mountain project — RJ.com [Related StoryDean Heller at odds with GOP leadership over Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun]

February 11, 2011 — Republicans seek release of Yucca Mountain report — Republican leaders on the House Science Committee are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to release a Yucca Mountain safety report . . . — RJ.com

February 11, 2011 — House panel proposes advancing Yucca Mountain, cutting policing program — Las Vegas Sun

February 08, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL — Radioactive waste: Nuclear mess at Hanford shows it’s time to change nation’s broken policy — During World War II, the federal government took more than 586 square miles of desert in eastern Washington and set up what would become an immense nuclear processing facility. The Hanford Site, as it became known, played a critical role in the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal, producing roughly two-thirds of the plutonium the nation used — Las Vegas Sun

February 04, 2011 — Nuclear Regulatory Commission moving forward with closing out Yucca Mountain review — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is closing out its work on Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a nuclear waste repository, even as the Obama administration's decision to scrap the project faces challenges on two fronts, the agency's chairman said Wednesday in Washington, D.C — AP


March

March 31, 2011 — The Future Of Nuclear Energy In The U.S. — Before the Fukushima disaster, nuclear power was being rebranded as a green form of energy. But in the wake of the devastating nuclear accident that is still unfolding in Japan, many Americans are now re-evaluating the potential costs and benefits of nuclear power — NPR

March 31, 2011 — Nevada Group Seeking To Create Yucca Mountain Energy Park Seeks Amendment To Legislation — NevadaNewsBureau.com

March 31, 2011 — U.S. Response to Japan's Crisis Should Be a New Spent Fuel Strategy, Senate Panel Is Told —The nuclear crisis in Japan provides an impetus for Congress to confront a failed national policy on dealing with spent fuel from U.S. reactors, witnesses told a Senate subcommittee yesterday — NyTimes.com

March 30, 2011 — Harry Reid ally: Maybe it’s time to put Yucca Moutain in the rearview mirror — Las Vegas Sun
[Related Story As nuclear waste sits idle, federal payouts to Exelon mount — Chicago Tribune

March 25, 2011 — Storage of Nuclear Waste Gets New Scrutiny — WSJ.com

March 23, 2011 — Japan Nuclear Crisis Revives Long U.S. Fight on Spent Fuel —WASHINGTON — The threat of the release of highly radioactive spent fuel at a Japanese nuclear plant has revived a debate in the United States about how to manage such waste and has led to new recriminations over a derailed plan for a national repository in Nevada — NyTimes.com

March 23, 2011 — Appeals court considers site for nuclear disposal — WASHINGTON - Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Tuesday in a case over whether the Obama administration had the authority to stop plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada — AP [More Coverage — RJ.com]

March 23, 2011 — Japan crisis renews U.S. nuclear fuel storage debate — The Press Enterprise

March 22, 2011 — AP IMPACT: Yucca Mountain wouldn’t be enough for 72K tons of spent nuclear fuel at US plants — The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States — the enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste accumulating at commercial nuclear reactors in more than 30 states. The U.S. has 71,862 tons of the waste, according to state-by-state numbers obtained by The Associated Press — The Washington Post [Print Version]

March 22, 2011 — Japan Crisis Sparks Nuclear Waste Questions In U.S. — The nuclear crisis in Japan is prompting scrutiny of nuclear power plants in the U.S., leading to a decades-old question: What to do with all the spent nuclear fuel produced here? — NPR

March 20, 2011 — [Editorial] BRIAN GREENSPUN: WHERE I STAND: Yucca has allies, even as Japan suffers — Catastrophe shows risk of storing nuclear waste — Las Vegas Sun

March 17, 2011 — Lawmakers invoke Japan catastrophe in case for Yucca Mountain — RJ.com

March 16, 2011 — Energy Secretary: Yucca could restart — RJ.com

March 16, 2011 — Tsunami’s ripples could reach Nevada on renewable energy, Yucca Mountain fronts —As Japan reels from explosions and meltdowns at nuclear reactors damaged by last week’s tsunami, there’s talk in Washington about reining in the United States’ nuclear ambitions — discussions that will have an effect in Nevada. — Las Vegas Sun

March 15, 2011 — Obama administration stands by nuclear power — CBS News

March 13, 2011 — Yucca Mountain still alive under GOP nuke plan — McClatchy

March 13, 2011 — Japan's nuclear meltdown prompts talk of safety, Yucca Mountain's role — Las Vegas Sun
[ Related StoryRadioactive Releases in Japan Could Last Months Experts Say — NyTimes.com] [View Map] [View Slide Show]

March 12, 2011 — Former EPA chief touts nukes — The State

March 10, 2011 — Nuclear power industry sues U.S. over fee for waste —The U.S. nuclear industry this week sued the Energy Department to suspend a fee imposed by the federal government for managing the radioactive spent fuel produced by America's nuclear power plants — Reuters
[Related StoryEnergy NW joins lawsuit vs. nuclear fuel fee — The News Tribune]

March 03, 2011 — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sees no quick end to state budget woes — WASHINGTON — State and local governments will struggle with budget shortfalls even as the U.S. economy picks up speed, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday — courier-journal.com

March 03, 2011 — As U.S. Moves Ahead with Nuclear Power, No Solution for Radioactive Waste — SolveClimateNews.com

March 03, 2011 — Private Landowners Granted Right to Challenge EPA’s Clean Water Act “Impaired Waters” Listing Decisions — Martenlaw.com

March 03, 2011 — As U.S. Moves Ahead with Nuclear Power, No Solution for Radioactive Waste — President Obama has won wide bipartisan support for his determination to revive American nuclear power — a low-carbon energy solution that electric utilities and conservatives can support. But a pair of legal actions last month could complicate matters for Washington by forcing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to address a longstanding and almost intractable problem: How and where to store the highly radioactive waste — SolveClimateNews.com

March 03, 2011 — [Olympia] Use of steam for Hanford cleanup creates concern — The News Tribune

March 02, 2011 — Yucca Mountain's fate has no effect on waste confidence rule: US NRC — The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied a petition for rulemaking filed by a former Department of Energy employee at the Yucca Mountain repository project in Nevada asking that the commission's waste confidence rule be revoked and operating reactors shut because there no longer is a proposed facility for disposing of spent nuclear fuel — Platts

March 01, 2011 — Wisconsin Electric receives $45.5 million in used fuel settlement — Power_Gen


April

April 27, 2011 — [SUN EDITORIAL] Spring break at Yucca — A congressional junket shows the foolishness of plans for nuke waste dump — Las Vegas Sun [Related Information]

April 26, 2011 — Report Urges Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel, Not Reprocessing It — NyTimes.com

April 26, 2011 — House members tour Nevada Yucca Mountain tunnel — RJ.com

April 26, 2011 — Centralized storage of spent fuel is centerpiece of MIT nuclear report — Centralized interim storage of utility spent fuel is the centerpiece of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology report released Tuesday on the future of the nuclear fuel cycle — Platts

April 21, 2011 — NRC extends life of largest U.S. nuclear station . . . Of the 104 operating reactors in the United States, the NRC has renewed licenses for 66 reactors and is considering 16 applications. The NRC has never denied a renewal application.— Reutes

April 19, 2011 — NRG Abandons Project for 2 Reactors in Texas — he company planning the largest nuclear project in the United States, two giant reactors in South Texas, announced on Tuesday that it was giving up and writing off its investment of $331 million after uncertainties created by the accident in Japan — NyTimes.com

April 17, 2010 — Tokyo Utility Lays Out Plan for Its Reactors — NyTimes.com

April 14, 2011 — [Opinion] Richard H. Bryan: Opening Yucca Mountain won't lessen the risks of spent fuel . . . There could be 100 Yucca Mountains up and operating, and the risks involved with spent fuel pools at reactor sites still would be there — RGJ.com [More] and [More]

April 13, 2011 — [Opinion] Fresh Ideas by Abby Johnson: Tunnel vision's affect on nuclear waste — Nevada Appeal

April 13, 2011 — Compromise details show Yucca accounts zeroed out — RJ.com

April 12, 2011 — Despite House GOP push, Harry Reid declares 'Yucca is dead' . . . In the final days, the budget compromise came down to a faceoff over policy riders, with funding for Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio and the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency taking center stage. But it’s one rider that fell off the table quietly that will likely resonate strongest for Nevada. “Yucca Mountain is dead,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was the chief negotiator for Democrats. “And I think it’s time for opponents to move on” — Las Vegas Sun [Related Story — RJ.com]

April 10, 2010 — New doubts about turning plutonium into a fuel — NyTimes.com

April 09, 2011 — Deal kills GOP attempt to revive Yucca Mountain — RJ.com [Related Story — Lawmaker urged to cancel Yucca trip due to costs — RJ.com]

April 06, 2011 — More Yucca Mountain turmoil at Nuclear Regulatory Commission — RJ.com [More Coverage — Reuters]

April 05, 2011 — Republicans Open Inquiry on Yucca Mountain Shutdown — Republican leaders have begun a formal inquiry into the Obama administration’s decision to halt development of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada — NyTimes.com

April 05, 2010 — Taxpayers, utility ratepayers face mounting nuclear bills — Over three decades, New England's electricity consumers and nuclear plant owners have poured close to $1 billion into a federal nuclear-waste storage fund, holding up their end of a 1982 deal with the federal government to finance the permanent storage of thousands of tons of spent fuel from the region's reactors — ctpost.com

April 04, 2011 — [Editorial] A nuclear boondoggle — Congress leaves taxpayers on the hook instead of using nuclear waste fund: As Japan works to contain radiation at a nuclear power plant badly damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami, American officials have been expressing concern about the safety of nuclear waste in the U.S. — Las Vegas Sun

April 04, 2011 — US anti-nuclear activists slam reprocessing plan — AFP

April 01, 2011 — [Opinion] Straight talk about spent fuel risks — Richard Bryan, chairman of the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects

April 01, 2011 — Energy panel looks at Yucca Investigation focuses on decision to halt nuclear waste site: WASHINGTON — A House energy panel said Thursday it is investigating the Obama administration's decision to halt plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada. The investigation by the Republican-led Energy and Commerce panel focuses new attention on the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository 90 miles from Las Vegas — AP [More Coverage — Reuters] AND [More Coverage — RJ.com]


May

May 24, 2011 — Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says . . . The largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet will remain in storage at U.S. reactor sites for the indefinite future,” the report’s author, Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the institute, wrote. “In protecting America from nuclear catastrophe, safely securing the spent fuel by eliminating highly radioactive, crowded pools should be a public safety priority of the highest degree” — NyTimes.com
[Related Story]

May 23, 2011 — Joseph C. Strolin: There's no pot of gold at the end of the Yucca Mountain rainbow — RGJ.com

May 23, 2011 — Yucca Mountain Transportation Planning: Lessons Learned, 1984-2009 — State of Nevada

May 17, 2011 — Battle of Yucca Mountain rages on — Nature.com

May 16, 2011 — Fukushima Disaster Deepens U.S. Turmoil Over Nuclear Waste Storage — Japan's nuclear disaster and the abandoned Yucca Mountain repository are combining to create a more complex puzzle for U.S. policymakers wrestling with the future of nuclear power in the United States — ClimateWire

May 15, 2011 — U.S. Panel Suggests Moving Used Nuclear Fuel to Interim Sites — Draft recommendations from a White House commission on spent nuclear fuel released Friday include a call for one or more new aboveground interim storage sites in the United States. But the advice, which is subject to revision in a preliminary commission report due out in July, has already drawn fire from Republicans in the House of Representatives, foreshadowing a coming fight over nuclear waste — ScienceInsider

May 15, 2011 — [Editorial] More Yucca hypocrisy: Republicans continue to push a foolish plan that is unsafe and expensive — Las Vegas Sun

Maly 14, 2011 — New Storage Proposal For US Nuclear Waste Sure To Be Unpopular 247wallst.com

May 12, 2011 — [Blue Ribben] Panel on Nuclear Waste Disposal to Propose Above-Ground Storage — WASHINGTON — A commission created to help resolve the impasse over the disposal of the nation’s nuclear waste will propose establishing one or more sites where used reactor fuel could be stored in steel and concrete structures on the earth’s surface for decades, members of the commission said this week — NyTimes.com

May 11, 2011 — Report: Yucca termination set back search for nuclear waste site by 20 years — The Obama administration’s decision to abandon plans to build a permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada could “restart a costly and time-consuming process” to find another waste storage site, the government’s watchdog said — The Hill [Read/Downlaod the report — GAO] [GAO Report Summary Page]

May 10, 2011 — Funding to fight Yucca Mountain shrinks as dirt thrown on project . . . Clark County, [Las Vegas] which has received $1.3 million to $1.9 million a year to educate, study and bring licensing challenges, will soon confront the likelihood of shutting down its Nuclear Waste Division — Las Vegas Sun

May 06, 2011 — GAO predicts Hanford costs will rise if Yucca is closed — RICHLAND — The shutdown of the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository likely would increase costs long term at Hanford, possibly substantially, according to the Government Accountability Office. However, the report to Congressional leaders released Thursday raised more questions than it answered — TheNewsTriblune.com [Read the report — GAO]

May 05, 2011 — The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Lives on -- in NRC and Capitol Hill Infighting — Senior Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee accused Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko yesterday of politicizing NRC policy on the sidelined Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. They also lit into former committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) for interfering with a GOP investigation of the long-running controversy — NyTimes(ClimateWire)

May 04, 2011 — Lawmakers dissect NRC handling of Yucca program — RJ.com [More Coverage — Bloomberg Businessweek]

May 04, 2011 — Heller, Berkley say Yucca Mountain backers should move on — Nevada Appeal

May 04, 2011 — GOP launches probe into allegations over Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON — In the nearly 30 years that members of Congress have been duking it out over a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, lawmakers have respectfully reserved their political punches — Las Vegas Sun

May 04, 2011 — House leaders seek political points in Yucca fight — LAS VEGAS— Yucca Mountain is a wild expanse of desert brush and red mountains 100 miles outside of Las Vegas where deer, coyote and antelope roam isolated fields and human visitors must pass background checks before they are allowed past heavily guarded fences. Republicans claim this stark landscape is the nation's best hope for a national nuclear waste dump — Chicago Tribune

May 04, 2011 — Heat Waves Putting Pressure on Nuclear Power's Outmoded Cooling Technologies SolveClimateNews.com

May 03, 2011 — As U.S. Moves Ahead with Nuclear Power, No Solution for Radioactive Waste


June

June 29, 2011 — Confirmation for key figure in Yucca Mountain vote in limbo — WASHINGTON — The Senate is revamping its rules for presidential nominations today, an effort to address the backlog of government officials that need Senate confirmation before they can start their jobs — Las Vegas Sun

June 24, 2011 — Huntsman: Nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain up to Nevadans — RENO -- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman predicted Friday that Yucca Mountain never will become the nation's nuclear repository as long as Nevadans oppose it — RJ.com

June 24, 2011 — NRC staff blasts bid to shutter Yucca project — RJ.com [Related Information — PRESS RELEASE NRC Scientists Reveal Unprecedented Dysfunction Among Commission’s Leadership — House Energy and Commerce Committe

June 21, 2011 — DOE Says No Chance For Yucca Atomic Waste Site — Global Security Newswire

June 16, 2011 — Local author earns several awards . . . Mackedon writes about dumping nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in her book — Lahontan Valley News

June 16, 2011 — Defiant NRC Chief Rejects Calls to Resign Over Yucca Mountain Dispute — Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko rebuffed a top House Republican's call for his resignation yesterday, saying he did not break any laws and that only President Obama has the authority to take away his chairmanship — GreenWire

June 14, 2011 — Political Volleys Over Nuclear Waste — House Republicans and some Democrats argued at a hearing on Tuesday that the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had introduced politics into the government’s consideration of a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain — NyTimes.com

June 14, 2011 — NRC's inspector general: Chief 'wrong' to mislead on Yucca Mountain — RJ.com

June 13, 2011 — GOP: Politics at play in commission’s Yucca Mountain review — Republicans are complaining that politics, and not procedure, is influencing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s review of the nuclear waste repository licensing application for Yucca Mountain — Las Veas Sun

June 10, 2011 — Investigation: NRC leader hid information in Yucca case — RJ.com

June 10, 2011 — NRC IG Report on NRC Chairman's Decision to Terminate Review of DOE's Yucca Mountain Repository License Application (pdf-2.60M) — House Energy Committeee Republicans -

June 09, 2011 — U.S. House report on Yucca project safety protested — RJ.com

June 08, 2011 — Tabled NRC report calls Yucca project safe RJ.com [More Coverage — WashingtonPost.com] [More Coverage — neimagazine.com]

June 08, 2011 — Inspector completes Yucca Mountain probe of NRC chairman — RJ.com

June 06, 2011 — Nuclear waste repository 'inescapable', according to draft Blue Ribbon Commission report 06 June 2011 — Two subcommittees of the USA's Blue Ribbon Commission on the future of nuclear power set up by president Barack Obama have published draft reports to the commission . . . both subcommittees said that the existing Nuclear Waste Fund programme is not working properly and needs to be reformed. In addition, the disposal subcommittee found the approach of the 1987 Nuclear Waste Policy Act amendments—inflexible, prescriptive, and seemingly political—to be at odds with good recent practice in Finland and Sweden's repository processes, which fostered a culture favouring consent, adaptability, and scientific methods — neimagazine.com

June 02, 2011 — New bid to keep Yucca alive as lawmakers debate shutdown — RJ.com

June 02, 2011 — BRC releases their draft Transportation and Storage Subcommittee report and draft Disposal Subcommittee report — BRC

June 01, 2011 — Berkley Testifies Against Republican Efforts to Revive Failed Yucca Mountain Project —Berkley.house.gov

June 01, 2011 — House spending bill thwarts Obama on Yucca nuke waste site — The Hill


July

July 30, 2011 — Washington state takes steps to resume licensing for Yucca Mountain — AKIMA, Wash. -- Washington state and South Carolina filed another lawsuit Friday to compel the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume its consideration of a nuclear waste repository in Nevada, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said in Seattle — RJ.com

July 29, 2011 — Panel gives up on Yucca, seeks support for other sites — A panel on nuclear waste issued a preliminary finding Friday that Congress should change the law that singles out Yucca Mountain for disposing highly radioactive spent fuel from the nation's commercial power reactors — RJ.com

July 29, 2011 The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future today submitted its draft report to the Secretary of Energy, as required by the Commission charter. The Commission will seek public comment on the draft through October 31, 2011
  Read/Download the Draft Report [192 Pages 3.9 MB]

July 29, 2011 —Panel: Local Support Crucial for Nuke Waste Sites — Efforts to replace a disputed nuclear dump in Nevada are doomed unless officials generate local support for alternative sites, a presidential commission says.— AP

July 22, 2011 — NRC report documents Yucca studies — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a report Thursday documenting decades of scientific and technical work on a dormant nuclear waste repository project in Nevada, but it makes no conclusions about whether entombing the nation's most radioactive material in the desert northwest of Las Vegas is scientifically sound or safe — RJ.com

July 19, 2011 — EU agrees to bury nuclear waste in secure bunkers — Radioactive waste from Europe's 143 nuclear reactors must in future be buried in secure bunkers, ministers from EU member states agreed on Tuesday — Reuters

July 17, 2011 — [Las Vegas] SUN EDITORIAL: Congress pursues a dangerous path in trying to revive Yucca Mountain

July 14, 2011 — Yucca Mountain advocates seek muscle in House vote — RJ.com [More Coverage]

July 13, 2011 — Aging nuclear plants: Undermining public safety — AP

July 11, 2011 — Nuclear waste: Back to Yucca Mountain? — CNN

July 11, 2011 — Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t we reprocess and re-use our nuclear waste like France does? Would it be possible for us to start doing so? — Environmental Magazine

July 07, 2011 — Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear site a dilemma for Republican hopefuls — The Hill

July 05, 2011 — A Safer Nuclear Crypt . . . A single reactor has five to 10 times more radioactive material in the pool than was released in the Chernobyl accident in 1986 . . . NyTimes.com

July 05, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL: Sending a message: Yucca Mountain dump proponents deserved to get lawsuit tossed — Las Vegas Sun

July 01, 2011—Appeals court dismisses Yucca Mountain lawsuit
. . . A three-judge panel said in a unanimous decision the lawsuit by the states of Washington and South Carolina and others challenging the shutdown of the Yucca project was premature until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission takes final actions that could bring it to an end [Read the decision PDF]


August

August 30, 2011 — Amodei: No reason to close Yucca Mountain entirely — Las Vegas Sun

August 26, 2011 Yucca Nuclear Site Returns — Leading nuclear scientists are challenging the government's decision to abandon our only proposed nuclear waste repository, Daniel Stone reports exclusively — TheDailyBeast.com

August 25, 2011 — $142M award upheld for San Onofre nuclear fuel disposal — signonsandiego.com

August 13, 2011 — $115 billion needed to finish Hanford cleanup — tricityherald.com [Related Story]

August 12, 2011 — Expert: Yucca not best place for storing nuclear waste — There are better places than Yucca Mountain to bury nuclear waste though the ridge would be safe enough to store the nation's growing stack of spent fuel from commercial power reactors — RJ.com

August 07, 2011 — Used 22 times over 314 weeks, Yucca Mountain facility closes — At the end of August, the federal government will close its multimillion-dollar hearing facility in Las Vegas where lawyers argued their cases for and against building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain — RJ.com

August 04, 2011 — New head of Nevada nuclear agency appointed — Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday announced the appointment of Robert J. Halstead as the new head of the Nevada nuclear agency that oversees Yucca Mountain — RJ.com

August 04, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL: A ‘deeply flawed project,’ Yucca Mountain isn’t the answer for nuke waste — Las Vegas Sun

August 03, 2011 — Access to electronic Yucca Mountain data ending —Government scientists who worked on the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository have called the site, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the most studied piece of real estate on Earth — RJ.com


September

September 23, 2011 — Pro-Yucca lawmaker tries new strategy — RJ.com

September 22, 2011 — The Lessons of Fukushima — scTimes.com

September 19, 2011 — Court urged to intervene in Yucca Mountain dispute — RJ.com

September 15, 2011 — NRC allows closure of Yucca Mountain nuclear dump — AP

September 13, 2011 — NRC commissioner offers views on Yucca — RJ.com [Read the details]

September 13, 2011 — Will spent nuclear fuel find a home in Idaho? — IdahoStatesman.com

September 12, 2011 — Blue Ribbon Commission report focuses on process — ANSnuclearCafe.org

September 12, 2011 — How Dead Is Yucca Mountain? — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has voted to kill Yucca Mountain again, sort of. —By MATTHEW L. WALD, NyTimes.com

September 09, 2011 — Yucca may yet have pulse after ruling — WASHINGTON -- Nevada lawmakers on Friday celebrated a ruling by the federal nuclear safety agency that they said could close down Yucca Mountain once and for all — RJ.com

September 09, 2011 — NRC allows closure of Yucca Mountain nuclear dump [More Coverage . . . The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted Friday to end review of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, handing a victory to the Obama administration in its ongoing effort to kill the project
— The Hill]


October

October 24, 2011 — Oral history records 'lessons learned' in Yucca Mountain fight . . . The project focused on the grass roots, said Abby Johnson, Eureka County's nuclear waste consultant. "We chose not to do a top-down approach," she said. "Other people can interview the senators and the governors, but nobody else is going to interview people in Crescent Valley" — RJ.com

October 20, 2011 — Nye County official sees no alternative to Yucca Mountain . . . Abby Johnson, the nuclear waste adviser for Eureka County, told the [Presidents Blue Rebben] commission that it fell short in studying nuclear waste transportation, a key public confidence issue. "Transportation is unusually vulnerable," she said. "One accident can undermine a perfect transportation record and the public's confidence in the safety of the entire system"— RJ.com

October 17, 2011 — Legal battles preclude other uses for Yucca Mountain, report says — RJ.com

October 12, 2011 — The "scientization" of Yucca Mountain — When I first stood atop Nevada's Yucca Mountain more than 16 years ago, the Energy Department was spending about $1 million a day to assess the feasibility of safely storing spent fuel and high-level nuclear waste there. A steel-toothed tunneling machine had already begun chewing . . — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


November

November 27, 2011 — A New Urgency to the Problem of Storing Nuclear Waste — The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, earlier this year caused many countries to rethink their appetite for nuclear power. It is also, in subtler ways, altering the fraught discussion of what to do with nuclear plants’ wastes — NyTimes.ocm

November 20, 2011 GUEST COLUMN:No need for discussion on Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

November 17, 2011 — Yucca Mountain fight averted — WASHINGTON -- A fight over Yucca Mountain was averted in Congress on Wednesday when an Illinois senator dropped plans for an amendment to revive the Nevada nuclear waste site — Stephens Washington Bureau [More Coverage— Las Vegas Sun]

November 10, 2011 — Fissure forming in Nevada delegation on Yucca Mountain . . . Nevada has for the first time a congressman — Rep. Mark Amodei — who’s open to the idea of carting at least some nuclear waste into the state — Las Vegas Sun

November 09, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL: Congressman’s claims about Yucca Mountain nothing but rubbish — Las Vegas Sun

November 08, 2011 — Nevada nuclear agency hires consultant — “Our job is to keep Yucca Mountain dead,” says Bob Halstead, administrator of the state Agency for Nuclear Projects. But serious challenges are coming up in January and February to revive the nuclear dump in Southern Nevada, he told the state Board of Examiners Tuesday — Las Vegas Sun [ More Coverage — NevadaNewsBureau.com]

November 04, 2011 — Court sets schedule in Yucca case WASHINGTON -- A federal court on Friday set the schedule for a lawsuit that seeks to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reopen its review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site — Stephens Washington Bureau

November 03, 2011 — Jaczko Explains Yucca Shutdown and Discouraging License Applicant — theenergycollective.com

November 03, 2011 — State of Nevada's Comments — Blue Ribbon Commission's Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy [PDF]


December

December 20, 2011 — [BY RICHARD H. BRYAN] Nuclear chief under fire just for doing his job — RJ.com

December 19, 2011 — Granite areas eyed for nuclear waste sites — AP [More Coverage]

December 18, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL: Nuclear fallout: Pettiness of four NRC commissioners threatens country’s safety — Las Vegas Sun

December 16, 2011 — Yucca funding remains zero in 2012 . . . A catch-all 2012 spending bill that passed the House on Friday contained no funding for the Nevada repository site, which is shrinking in the rear-view mirror as lawmakers prepare to review new recommendations for managing highly radioactive used nuclear fuel — Stephens Washington Bureau

December 14, 2011 — SUN EDITORIAL: Amodei, Heck need to make it clear they are against Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

December 13, 2011 — New report says Yucca Mountain at the root of Nuclear Regulatory Commission tensions — Las Vegas Sun

December 10, 2011 — [NRC] Nuclear panel chief under fire by colleagues — Four Nuclear Regulatory commissioners from both parties say they have "grave concerns" about the panel's chairman, charging that the actions of Gregory Jaczko are "causing serious damage" to the commission and creating a "chilled work environment at the NRC" — AP [Related Story — Reid comes to NRC leader's defense — AP [Story Update - December 13, 2011 — Las Vegas Sun]

December 07, 2011 — Coffin wants to keep alive city's Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository Committee — RJ.com

December 07, 2011 — Global Nuclear Generation Capacity Falls — ENN

Decebmer 04, 2011 — [Where I Stand - Brian Greensupm] Killing Yucca Mountain would be a real gift — Las Vegas Sun

December 04, 2011 — Nevada Cites Concerns With Transport Of Hazardous Waste In Response To Draft Plan For Former Test Site —A draft environmental statement addressing the future of the former Nevada Test Site appears to be setting the stage for the transportation of mixed hazardous and low-level radioactive waste to the site through heavily populated areas of Las Vegas, the state response to the document says — NevadaNewsBureau.com [More Coverage — Las Vegas Sun]

December 02, 2011 — House Republican targets Sen. Kerry for Yucca Mountain opposition — The Hill

December 01, 2011 — [Opinion] Nevada Needs to Remain Prepared for Possible Yucca Revival [By Richard H. Bryan] — Nevada Appeal


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