Today's News – April, 2014

Yucca Mountain, Nevada's View — State of Nevada
Yucca Mountain, What’s Really There? — State of Nevada

March 27, 2014 — Team to re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after radiation leak —An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said Thursday — (Reuters)

March 23, 2014 — The WIPP problem, and what it means for defense nuclear waste disposal . . . On February 4, 2014, assumptions of very low probability crumbled at the Energy Departmentís Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico, when a fire in a large salt truck raged for hours, deep underground. Ten days later, an even more unlikely accident happened: Wastes containing plutonium blew through the WIPP ventilation system, traveling 2,150 feet to the surface, contaminating at least 17 workers, and spreading small amounts of radioactive material into the environment — The

March 20, 2014 — WIPP still considered for high-level waste — Despite last month's radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, researchers continue to look at the possibility of using WIPP or a facility like it to dispose of high level nuclear waste, a panel of waste experts was told Wednesday at a meeting in Albuquerque. But the leak has been a major setback to the idea —

March 19, 2014 — NEI and NARUC comment on court rejection of nuclear-waste fee appeal . . . This decision is a big win for consumers of nuclear power. Once again, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has sent another strong signal to the federal government: Stop charging consumers of nuclear power for the stalled Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear-waste repository program. —

March 13, 2014 — Court Awards Duke Energy, Energy Northwest Spent Fuel Storage Costs — A federal court this week awarded $123 million to Duke Energy and Energy Northwest to cover the cost of storing several years worth of spent fuel after the Department of Energy promised to begin moving it to the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository in 1998 —

March 09, 2014 — Elko County will hear pro-Yucca Mountain backers — Elko County has joined a half dozen other rural Nevada counties that are not ready to close the door on jump-starting proposals to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain 90 miles north of Las Vegas.Elko County will hear pro-Yucca Mountain backers —

March 05, 2013 —$0 for Yucca Mountain included in Obama’s budget proposal — WASHINGTON -- In his budget proposal, Obama reiterates a stand on Yucca Mountain that comes as reassurance to anti-dumpsite Nevadans, especially after a year in which the federal courts sided with those who want to keep the development going — Las Vegas Sun

March 01, 2014 — Nuclear dump leak raises questions about cleanup — CARLSBAD, N.M. — For 15 years the trucks have barreled past southeastern New Mexico's potash mines and seemingly endless fields of oil rigs, hauling decades worth of plutonium-contaminated waste to what is supposed to be a safe and final resting place a half mile underground in the salt beds of the Permian Basin — AP

February 22, 2014 — Yucca Mountain status? Hearing delves into dumpsite issues, takes pulse of Nevadans — Major progress is expected in the coming year toward resolving the outstanding questions and legal challenges surrounding Yucca Mountain's potential as a repository for the country's high-level nuclear waste, members of the state Legislature were told during an interim committee hearing Friday — Las Vegas Sun [More Coverage - Pahrump Valley Times]

February 12, 2014 — Nuclear dump officials confirm leak of waste in New Mexico — LBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository, but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened —

February 12, 2014 — Nuclear Waste Storage on Texas Lawmakers' Agenda — Could Texas’ wide-open spaces help solve the country's nuclear waste storage problem? House Speaker Joe Straus wants to find out. He has instructed lawmakers to study the economic potential of storing highly radioactive nuclear waste in Texas, a notion that has drawn pushback from environmentalists — [Archive Edition]

February 09, 2014 — Nuclear Waste Solution Seen in Desert Salt Beds — Half a mile beneath the desert surface, in thick salt beds left behind by seas that dried up hundreds of millions of years ago, the Department of Energy is carving out rooms as long as football fields and cramming them floor to ceiling with barrels and boxes of nuclear waste — NY

January 17, 2014 — No money allocated in spending bill for Yucca Mountain — CARSON CITY — This year’s federal spending bill includes no money for licensing a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, “maintaining the project’s status as terminated,” U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said — Las Vegas Sun

January 15, 2014 — Federal government's empty nuclear promises cost taxpayers $38 billion — Uncle Sam has wasted $38 billion —and probably more — on storing the nuclear waste generated by the country's 100 or so nuclear plants —

January 08, 2014 — United States: Disposal Site For Spent Nuclear Fuel Could Change The Insurance Picture For Nuclear Plant Owners . . . A federal court of appeals and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently made advances toward a national disposal site for spent nuclear fuel —

January 06, 2014 — Nuclear Fuel Storage Remains Safe, Panel Members Say — WASHINGTON — Most members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicated on Monday that they considered it safe to continue storing most spent nuclear fuel in pools, even though concerns remain about potential accidents and terrorist attacks —

January 03, 2014 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN: DOE asks court to reconsider ruling on nuclear waste fees: Letter from the Secretary of Energy to the President of the Senate — The Secretary of Energy [Read DOE's petition to the court]

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

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 ]

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 —

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

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. —

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 —

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December 2013 — 2013 Update — Socioeconomic Conditions & Trends Report — As a part of efforts to assess the potential impacts upon Eureka County of construction and operation of a Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain, Eureka County has developed and maintains an accurate picture of existing socioeconomic conditions and trends in the county.

August 2013 — NWTRB Reports [92 Pages 5.8MB] Review of U.S. Department of Energy Activities to Preserve Records Created by the Yucca Mountain Repository Project. August 2013. — U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

April 2013 2013 — [Clean Air Task Force Document] Putting Energy Innovation First: Recommendations to Refocus, Reform, and Restructure the U.S. Department of Energy

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

December 2012 — Report and Recommendations of the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects — State of Nevada

  • Developments in the Yucca Mountain Project and the Federal High-Level Radioactive Waste Program
  • The Future of Yucca Mountain -- Taking the Long View
  • Recommendations to the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects

August 2012 — The GAO — SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL Accumulating Quantities at Commercial Reactors Present Storage and Other Challenges [60 Pages - PDF]

October 2011 — Eureka County, Nevada Comments on Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy [21 Pages]

October 2011 — Lessons Learned Video Project: Eureka County has undertaking a Lessons Learned Video Project, to capture on film and on transcripts the recollections and insights of 21 key participants and observers in the Yucca Mountain project. Nuggets of the interviews are presented along with the full transcript of each interview. The complete videos and transcripts will also be made available to researchers for historical and archival purposes [Read the Press Release]

Eureka County, Nevada: Lessons Learned Reprot Regarding U.S. Repository Siting Process: Summary of Findings and Recommendations For the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future [April 2011 — 29 Pages, 590 KB ]

Nuclear Waste Update — Eureka County Newsletter, Summer 2011

Yucca mountain — what’s really there? — State of Nevada

Yucca Mountain ó Nevada’s Perspective — By Marta Adams, published in the Idaho Law Review [April 2010]

Photo Slide Show: Union Pacific Freight Train Derailment & Bridge Collapse near Carlin Nevada - 12/27/08

April 28, 2009 — Eureka County Comments- OCRWM National Transportation Plan, Revision 0 [7 Pages]

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March 16, 2009 — Eureka County Comments: USDOE Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

February 17, 2009 — [Press Release] NRC approves rule incorporating EPA standardsfor Yucca Mountain repository
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February 06, 2009 — Nuclear Waste Disposal: Alternatives to Yucca Mountains — Congressional Research Service (27 Pages)

October 7, 2008CRS Report for Congress, Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal [ 22 Pages]

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