2006 Nuclear Fuel Management and Disposal Act

This webpage contains the most recent information about the 2006 "Nuclear Fuel Management and Disposal Act." In short, the Energy Department has proposed new legislation that addresses the government's plan to store nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository in southern Nevada.

The measure contains provisions that would change federal rules on everything from the legal limit of waste that Yucca Mountain could hold to how it would be transported to the site.

The legislation

Analysis & Comments

Recent Press Accounts

  • August 09, 2006 — Governors group attacks plan to keep nuclear waste in place WASHINGTON - A group of Northeastern governors are urging Congress to reject a nuclear waste storage plan that would keep the materials out of Utah by consolidating them in the states where they were produced. — Salt Lake Tribune

  • August 04, 2006 — Project director says 'fix Yucca' bill must pass to make 2017 deadline WASHINGTON -- An Energy Department official said Thursday there is "zero" chance to meet new deadlines to open a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain unless Congress broadens DOE powers to keep the project moving forward — Stephens Washington Bureau   (Related Story)

  • August 04, 2006 — Nuclear-waste decisions put on holdYucca official urges speedy passage of Senate energy bill — By Suzanne Struglinski Deseret Morning News

  • August 04, 2006 — INSIGHTS: Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump is a Dying Beast{Editor's Note: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada gave this statement Thursday, August 3, 2006 before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on S. 2589, The Nuclear Fuel Management and Disposal Act of 2006.} — ENN News Service

  • August 03, 2006 — Statement of Robert R. Loux Executive Director, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects — before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

  • June 28, 2006 — Senator offers plan to store nuclear waste Proposal rests on temporary sites — WASHINGTON -- The government would store nuclear waste at temporary sites for as long as 25 years while it worked to overcome delays in the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada under a plan offered by the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee — BY STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

  • June 27, 2006 — What will be Yucca's need? Senate to study new recycling technology — The Senate is quietly working on a plan for recycling nuclear waste that would lead to a new generation of nuclear power plants and affect the future of Yucca Mountain. The question of how it would affect Yucca is subject to debate —Las Vegas Sun

  • May 25, 2006 —House OKs funds for temporary nuclear storage WASHINGTON — The House approved $30 million for the temporary storage of nuclear waste in the energy spending bill passed late Wednesday. The bill's report says the Energy Department could consider private sites, which might make Private Fuel Storage's proposed site in Tooele County a possible contender to store waste before it went to Nevada's Yucca Mountain — if it ever opens. — By Suzanne Struglinski Deseret Morning News

  • June 23, 2006 — Yucca bill stalls, at least for this session - Nuclear waste debate lacked recycling plan — WASHINGTON - Despite strong pressure from the nuclear energy industry and the Bush administration, Congress almost certainly will not put Yucca Mountain on a fast track this year. Legislation to "fix Yucca" once and for all hit a wall shortly after it was introduced in Congress two months ago. — By Lisa Mascaro Las Vegas Sun

  • April 15, 2006 —Western governors assail nuclear waste bill — By Suzanne Struglinski Deseret Morning News

  • April 11, 2006 — Gibbons fuels nuclear debate — Las Vegas Sun

  • April 07, 2006 — Repository proposal discussed — A proposal to expand the capacity of Yucca Mountain drew support from some lawmakers on Thursday as a way for the government to "buy time" while researching long-range recycling methods for nuclear waste. — By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

  • April 05, 2006— Administration bill aims to expedite nuclear waste repository —WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration set out in a plan unveiled Tuesday to clear away potential obstacles in Nevada while speeding licensing and other groundwork for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. — By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

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