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January 31, 2013 — NARUC, nuclear industry ask court to reopen waste fee case — platts

January 30, 2013 — DOE sets 2048 deadline for waste repository — WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy recently set a new 2048 target to open a burial site for nuclear waste — a deadline 50 years later than originally planned — Pahrump Valley Times

January 28, 2013 — U.S. To Bury Almost All Existing Used Nuclear Fuel; Recycling Deferred At Least 20 Years — Forbes

January 21, 2013 — Putting end to Yucca Mountain project ‘within reach,’ state commission says — The state says it is close to winning its long battle to stop high-level nuclear waste from being stored at Yucca Mountain. The Nevada Commission on Nuclear Waste has submitted its 2012 report to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature suggesting “success is within reach” regarding the fight against nuclear waste storage — Las Vegas Sun

January 11, 2013 — DOE sets new nuclear waste target date — WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy on Friday set a new 2048 target to open a burial site for nuclear waste - a deadline 50 years later than originally planned — Stephens Washington Bureau

January 2013 — [DOE Document] Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste [PDF 18 Pages]

January 05, 2013 — NRC pleads lack of funds in Yucca licensing battle — As in a football game when the offense does not have enough punch to move the ball down the field, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have enough money left to proceed toward a license for the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository — [Print PDF]

January 02, 2013 — Scoping Comments on Proposed Draft EIS on Waste Confidence Decision — Eureka County Nuclear Waste Program — Eureka County


February 28, 2013 — Is fight over storing nuclear waste in Nevada ready to resume? Congressional lawmakers could resume butting heads over Yucca Mountain next month, when a bipartisan team of senators starts circulating a draft nuclear waste bill — Las Vegas Sun

February 24, 2013 — Nuclear Waste in the Age of Climate ChangeConcerns about global warming are giving a boost to nuclear power. And that's bringing new focus — and a possible solution -- to the problem of radioactive waste —

February 18, 2013 — Former Yucca Mountain Chief Questions Nuclear Waste Effort — A hydrogeologist who oversaw the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site says the government’s new “consent-based” search for waste depositories doesn’t go far enough —

February 14, 2013 — Soft sell -- Obama tries a new approach to nuclear waste storage —

February 06, 2013 — Yucca Must Be Part of Nuclear-Waste Bill, Shimkus Says — Legislation for U.S. disposal of nuclear waste must provide for storage at Yucca Mountain, the head of a House panel overseeing environmental issues said, renewing the debate over the abandoned Nevada site. “We will not move on any nuclear-waste provision without a Yucca Mountain component,” Representative John Shimkus, an Illinois Republican, said today at a Bloomberg Government conference in Washington — Bloomberg

February 05, 2013 — Nevada awaiting court ruling on Yucca Mountain licensing — Las Vegas Sun [More In depth Coverage —]

February 05, 2013 — Decades-long Yucca Mountain battle could flare up — CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's decades-long effort to stop high-level nuclear waste from being stored at Yucca Mountain is nearing a pivotal juncture as it heads toward all-but-certain victory, according to a state official who said Tuesday it was still too soon to declare the fight won — AP

February 04, 2013 — US Rep Shimkus Backs Yucca Mountain to Store Nuclear Waste — Illinois Public Media

February 03, 2013 — [Opinions] A central nuclear waste repository is years away — the Washington Post

February 01, 2013 — DOE Secretary Chu, who battled Yucca project, resigns —

March March 28, 2013 — Nuclear Waste Management: Minimum Requirements for Reforms and Legislation —


April 27, 2013 — Wyden calls for new federal agency for nuclear waste — [More Coverage — Yahoo News]

April 25, 2013 — Senators Release Discussion Draft of Comprehensive Nuclear Waste Legislation — Washington, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan group of four senior U.S. senators released a discussion draft of comprehensive nuclear waste management legislation, aimed at re-energizing the efforts to reach a long-term solution to our country’s highly radioactive nuclear waste — [More Coverage — The Hill]

April 14, 2013 — New U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy May Be Illegal: GAO In January The U.S. Department of Energy adopted a new policy for the storage of nuclear waste, embarking on a plan to build two new interim storage sites and a new permanent storage facility. On Thursday, a General Accounting Office official told Congress this policy may be illegal — Forbes

[Read the GAO Report (17 Pages) - COMMERCIAL SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, Observations on the Key Attributes and Challenges of Storage and Disposal Options, Statement of Frank Rusco, Director Natural Resources and Environment.] [View Large Map of Current Storage Sites for Commerical Spent Nuclear Fuel -- 1 page GIF File]

April 12, 2013 — Titus concerned about plans to bury nuclear waste at test site Rep. Dina Titus charged Friday that the Department of Energy has been slow to answer questions and concerns about plans to bury potent uranium waste at the Nevada National Security Site and how it will be transported there. “I was disturbed about not being briefed so I can get more information about just exactly what this is,” Titus said — Stephens Washington Bureau

April 11, 2013 — DOE official: Focusing on Yucca prevents 'progress' on nuclear waste A senior Energy Department (DOE) official shot down using Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a long-term storage site for nuclear waste Thursday, underscoring the difficulty lawmakers working on a comprehensive waste storage bill might encounter — The Hill

April 11, 2013 — How Should We Deal With Nuclear Waste? — The Wall Sreet Journal

April 11, 2013 — 2014 Appropriations: Energy and Water; Committee: House Appropriations Waste management World

April 10, 2013 — Several legislators voiced no concern Wednesday about the U.S. Department of Energy’s plans to bury 403 canisters of nuclear bomb-usable waste at the Nevada National Security Site —

April 09, 2013 — DOE nominee favors volunteer sites for nuclear waste WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice for Energy secretary said Tuesday he was committed to finding volunteer states and communities to host repositories for nuclear waste —

April 09, 2013 — Concerns raised over plans to bury bomb-usable nuclear material in Nevada —

April 01, 2013 —Nuclear Waste Disposal Sites Still Rare After All These Years — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in early January its “Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste,” an 18-page outline of how the Obama administration plans to implement recommendations made by its so-called Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America’s Nuclear Future. The commission was set up in 2010 to review and recommend a plan of action to manage and dispose of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste—

April 01, 2013 — Fukushima meltdown appears to have sickened American infants —


May 30, 2013 — Nye county officials: Uranium waste might require underground concrete container —

May 28, 2013 — High security to accompany uranium waste to NevadaShipments of highly radioactive uranium waste from Tennessee to Nevada would be carried out in stealth and under armed guard, according to a transportation plan confirmed Tuesday —

May 24, 2013 — Republicans press NRC chair for answers on Yucca Mountain — The crisis that engulfed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and threatened to tip the scales on the Yucca Mountain project last year is in the past, if the bipartisan nods of reserved approval that new chairwoman Allison MacFarlane received at her reconfirmation Thursday are any indicator — Las Vegas Sun

May 23, 2013 — Paiute environmental activist Calvin Meyers dies at age 57 —

May 17, 2013 — Senate Confirms MIT’s Moniz as Obama’s Energy Secretary — Bloomberg

May 16, 2013 — Nye County official blasts Sen. Reid's “hypocrisy” on nuclear waste disposal —

May 08, 2013 — Senate plan could make Illinois ‘bullseye’ for nuclear wast — A proposal in the U.S. Senate has advocates concerned that Illinois could become a leading contender for storing nuclear waste from around the nation. . .

May 07, 2013 — As Price of Nuclear Energy Drops, a Wisconsin Plant Is Shut — [Related Story —]

May 07, 2013 — SMUD wins $34.6 million nuclear waste suit, but won't see the money soon A federal court has awarded more than $34.7 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in connection with the federal government's failure to provide a permanent storage site for nuclear waste from the utility's long-dormant Rancho Seco plant —

May 02, 2013 — Outgoing NRC Chairman Jaczko Criticized for 'Bullying' in Inspector General Report — The Office of the Inspector General at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found “more than 15 examples” of outgoing NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko using “intimidating and bullying tactics” in order to push his own objectives at the regulatory agency that oversees the nation’s 104 nuclear plants. Moreover, the much-anticipated IG report released on Tuesday found that Jaczko’s testimony . . .

May 01, 2013 — Congress needs to focus on how nuclear waste is stored now — U.S. nuclear power plants have been generating electricity for more than 50 years, but the nuclear industry and the federal government have yet to figure out what to do with nuclear waste, which remains dangerously radioactive for thousands of years. On April 25, a bipartisan group of senators . . . The Hill


June 30, 2013 — Yes We Can - Dispose Of Nuclear Waste — Last Thursday was an historic day for the Nation. Congress took the first step in adopting a rational and achievable nuclear waste disposal plan that would reverse the catatonic state of our existing nuclear program — Forbes

June 27, 2013 — New nuclear waste bill doesn't repeal Yucca Mountain — [WASHINGTON] 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 — Stephens Washington Bureau [More Coverage — The Hill]

June 27, 2013 — Quarrels Continue Over Repository for Nuclear Waste — WASHINGTON — As more nuclear reactors across the country are closed, the problem of what to do with their waste is becoming more urgent, government officials and private experts said at a conference here this week —

June 26, 2013 — [Nye] County funds Yucca contracts —

June 24, 2013 — Yucca Mountain sequels never end . . . I’ve lost track of the number of times that storing high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain has been declared dead, only to climb up from the grave like Hollywood villain Freddy Krueger — By JANE ANN MORRISON,

June 23, 2013 — Nevada faces rule change on storing radioactive materials —

June 18, 2013 — GOP senators warn Reid that Yucca Mountain could be resurrected — 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 — Stephens Washington Bureau

June 17, 2013 — GOP bill would feed new funding to stalled Yucca Mountain project —The annual federal fiscal fight over Yucca Mountain is on once again, now that House Republicans have released their annual appropriations proposal for fiscal 2014. The House Appropriations Committee committed $25 million “to support Yucca Mountain activities to continue the viability of the program for the future.” — Las Vegas Sun

June 07, 2013 — Yucca Mountain still haunts nuclear waste issue
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee received more than 2,000 comments on the draft nuclear waste legislation it released in April, and many conveyed a common message: How can we trust the government to handle this issue after the failure of Yucca Mountain? —

June 11, 2013 — Nuclear Power Is So 20th Century —


July 31, 2013 — [Yucca] House chairman suggests showing Nevada the money to restart Yucca Mountain — [More Coverage, August 2nd — Las Vegas Sun]

July 31, 2013 — [NTS] Nevada nuclear waste challenge: DOE officials thought they had a deal —

July 29, 2013 — Senate panel goes nuclear as Moniz testifies The Hill More Indepth Coverage — Politico [Details from U.S. Senate Committe on Energy & Natural Resources]

July 22, 2013 — LETTER TO THE EDITOR NRC Yucca Mountain Ruling: Proper — The National Law Journal

July 11, 2013— Nevada lawmakers slapped down on votes on state’s nuclear interests — Las Vegas Sun

July 09, 2013 — House spurns attempt to block Yucca Mountain funding — It’s become an annual tradition in the Republican-led House that every summer, members of the Nevada delegation lead their colleagues in a Yucca Mountain do-si-do — Las Vegas Sun [More Coverage —] [More Coverage — The House of Representatives]

July 09, 2013 — Yucca hype doesn’t match facts — LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Martin Mifflin, Las Vegas

July 08, 2013 — OPINION: Decision on Yucca Mountain Overdue —


August 27, 2013 — $11 million not expected to go far for restarted Yucca licensing process — WASHINGTON — When it comes to legal matters of radioactive waste, $11.1 million doesn’t go very far. Lawyers already are battling over how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should spend what money it has to resume licensing for the Yucca Mountain sit —

August 23, 2013 — Yucca battle resumes; NRC chair asked to recuse herself —WASHINGTON — The legal war over Yucca Mountain resumed with force on Friday with a demand that the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recuse herself or be disqualified from the agency’s about-to-resume work on the proposed nuclear waste repository —

August 23, 2013 — State of Nevada Motion for Commission Action Related to a Possible Restart of the Yucca Mountain Licensing Proceeding — State of Nevada

August 20, 2013 — Time to Stop Stalling on Nuclear Waste — By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times

August 20, 2013 — State agency contemplating using $5 million to continue Yucca Mountain fight — Nevada has nearly $5 million left to continue the fight against licensing of Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear dump, a state official said — Las Vegas Sun

August 19, 2013 — Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Disposal Site — C-SPAN

August 13, 2013 — U.S. court demands decision on Nevada nuclear waste project — A federal appeals court said on Tuesday that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission can no longer delay a decision on whether to issue a permit for the long-stalled nuclear waste project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada — Reuters [More Coverage — Las Vegas Sun] [More Coverage —] [Read the August 13, 2013 Decision — PDF]

August 04, 2013 — With Yucca Mountain location out of play, nuclear waste stored on-site in U.S. —


September 30, 2013 — Congress Shows Bipartisan Support for Completing Yucca Mountain Report — NEI

September 26, 2013 — No end in sight for Yucca legal fights — WASHINGTON — There’s no end in sight for legal fights over Yucca Mountain. Fresh lawsuits started piling up Thursday, a day before a deadline for responses to a federal court ruling that ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to revive licensing for the controversial Nevada nuclear waste site — Stephens Washington Bureau

September 25, 2013 — State asking that full appeals court hears Yucca Mountain appeal — Las Vegas Sun

September 13, 2013 — NRC Proposes Rule Saying Spent Fuel Can Be Safely Stored Beyond Reactor's Life —

September 10, 2013 — NRC chairwoman pressed to restart Yucca Mountain WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission chief was pressed Tuesday to move faster on restarting the licensing process for a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain —

September 10, 2013 Nevada extends $5 million contract to fight Yucca Mountain — CARSON CITY — Nevada is ready to continue its fight against any efforts to license Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear waste dump with a vote Tuesday by a state board to extend a contract for private legal representation

September 10, 2013 — Yucca Mountain — Packaging and Storing Radioactive Waste — ScienceWonk


October 30, 2013 — With rehearing of Yucca Mountain case denied, state unlikely to appeal to Supreme Court [ Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it doesn’t have enough money to pursue licensing, but state will wait to see how agency proceeds]:
CARSON CITY — The state likely won’t appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in its efforts to block the Yucca Mountain nuclear dump site being located in Southern Nevada — Las Vegas Sun

October 30, 2013 — DOE to hear from Nevadans on ”Remote Handled High Activity Low Level Waste“ nuclear waste burial plan —

October 28, 2013 — US appellate court denies Nevada's request for a rehearing in Yucca case A federal appeals court decision stands that ordered the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart the licensing process for nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, according to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court took that stance in a one-sentence order it issued Monday that denied the state of Nevada's petition that the entire court rehear the case. The court did not explain why it denied the state's request —

October, 27, 2013 — Shale sites studied as possible alternative to Yucca Mountain — With Yucca Mountain now an afterthought for disposing the nation’s highly radioactive waste, one federal geologist says he might have other places to put it than the volcanic-rock ridge 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. One of the many shale formations in the midcontinental United States where water is slow to escape and slow to re-enter could provide geologic containment of the 77,000 tons of used nuclear fuel and highly radioactive defense waste —

October 22, 2013 — State needs $9 million a year more to fight nuclear waste site — CARSON CITY -- The state is going to have to spend additional money in the fight to keep a nuclear waste repository out of Nevada, but it’s not known how much more. Robert Halstead, director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, told the Legislative Interim Finance Committee on Tuesday that he expects a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., within six weeks on the state’s petition asking the court to reconsider its decision ordering hearings on the facility to proceed — Las Vegas Sun

October 04, 2013 — Opening Yucca Mountain would require Exelon to write a $1 billion check —

October 01, 2013 — NRC: More time, money needed for Yucca review — Completing safety studies and setting up a license document network for the Yucca Mountain Project will take a full year and use all $11.1 million of the money previously budgeted for the now-shuttered project 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s staff said Monday. The NRC initially said the work could be completed in six to eight months for $6.5 million —


November 22, 2013 — The Feds' Nuclear Shakedown — The Daily Beast

November 21, 2013 — In filibuster side fight, Reid, Heller spar over Yucca Mountain —

November 20, 2013 — No Yucca Mountain? Then judges say DOE can't collect nuke waste fees — WASHINGTON — No Yucca Mountain? No backup plan? Then the Department of Energy can’t force utility customers to pay into a construction fund for a nuclear waste repository that no longer is on the boards, a federal court ruled Tuesday. The department has failed to come up with a credible estimate of how much money it will need to carry out a nuclear waste program now that the Nevada site has been scrapped, according to judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia — By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU [Read the Opinion]
November 21, 2013 — Heller statement on use of ’nuclear option’ in U.S. Senate —

November 18, 2013 — NRC sets next moves on Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON—Responding to a court order but saying it is light in the wallet, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission set a limited course forward Monday to resume work on the Yucca Mountain project. The agency took steps to comply with an August ruling that it must continue an evaluation of the controversial Nevada nuclear waste site. But it said its plan was narrowed by limited funding — By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU
[More Coverage — Las Vegas Sun]

November 12, 2013 — [Remote Handeled] Radioactive waste to be shipped to Nevada site starting in 2014 Coming soon to Nevada: 403 canisters of nuclear waste. Despite questions and opposition from Nevada’s governor and federal elected officials, the federal Energy Department said today in a press call that it would begin shipping 403 canisters of highly radioactive nuclear waste to Nevada for shallow burial about 65 miles north of Las Vegas at the Nevada National Security Site, formerly known as the Nevada Test Site — Las Vegas sun [Related Story] [More Coverage] and [ More Coverage ]


December 2013 — 2013 Update — Eureka County Socioeconomic Conditions & Trends Report —

December 12, 2013 — Yucca tops agenda as NRC members head to Hill — Politico

December 11, 2013 — US House Republicans seek details on DOE plans for nuclear waste program — Platts

December 11, 2013 — Project Profile: Yucca Mountain Project, Nevada Arsenic Treatment System —

December 10, 2013 — Senate Nuclear Waste Bill: No Near-Term Benefit for Public Safety — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee is set to consider a waste management bill for nuclear power reactors—the Nuclear Waste Administration Act—in mid-December. The authors argue that their bill is urgently needed to protect the public since nuclear waste currently stored at reactor sites poses a safety risk that must be reduced now —

December 10, 2013 — Nuclear waste bill put off until new year —

December 06, 2013 — Parties ask court to reverse ruling on NRC chief's Yucca Mountain role — Platts

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