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    January 19, 2018 —The Indy Asks: Can Heller, as Reid did, stop Yucca? — Dean Heller claims he's the only barrier between Nevadans and the revival of Yucca Mountain as a repository for nuclear waste. The question is whether he can be that bulwark during a difficult re–election campaign. "I am the only person standing between Yucca Mountain happening and not happening. I am the only person that can stop that," he told rural Nevada newspapers in October, according to the Pahrump Valley Times — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF]

    January 11, 2018 — Connecticut lawmakers: 'Status quo unacceptable' on nuclear waste policy — Waterford : All the nuclear fuel spent creating electricity at the Millstone Power Station since the 1970s remains on site – either in cooling pools that reduce radioactivity, or entombed in 31 massive, leak–tight concrete and steel canisters. But that fuel is supposed to be about 2,700 miles west of Waterford, according to federal law. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 tasked the Department of Energy with siting, building and maintaining an underground repository for the nation's spent nuclear fuel. In 1987, lawmakers designated Yucca Mountain, a dry, remote spot in Nevada, as the permanent home for the country's nuclear waste — theday.com [Print PDF]

    December 28, 2017 — State's point man on Yucca Mountain calls new bill "Screw Nevada 2" — That's how Nevada's chief critic of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project views legislation that will be discussed next week in a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee titled the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017".— luxoraleader.com [Print PDF]

    December 27, 2017 — Nevada has science edge if Yucca Mountain licensing resumes — If the Trump administration succeeds in resurrecting the dormant Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, Nevada will have an important expertise edge over the feds. That's because the U.S. Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain program was defunded and dismantled under President Barack Obama, leaving only a handful of scientists from the cadre of hundreds who once worked for the federal agency and its contractors — luxoraleader.com [Print PDF]

    December 18, 2017 The Amargosa River Defies the Desert — SHOSHONE, Calif.: The Amargosa, a slender thread of a river that flows through a parched landscape, begins with a few springs bubbling out of the ground in the Oasis Valley near Beatty, Nev —NYtimes.com

    December 17, 1986 highlights Senator-Elect Harry Reid, left, showing Department of Energy Secretary John Herrington November 21, 2017 — A tale of two archivists — Many people have strong reactions when they think about Yucca Mountain and a particular Senator from Nevada named Harry Reid. What most people don't realize is two librarians from University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno are hard at work archiving, processing and cataloging the thousands of documents and digital assets contained in these two very unique, very large and very "Nevada" collections — nevada – today

    Reformer file photoSpent fuel is currently stored in dry casks at the Vermont Yankee site in Vernon. November 21, 2017 — Uncertain future for Vermont Yankee fuel — BRATTLEBORO: It's never been clear exactly when Vermont Yankee's radioactive spent fuel might leave Vernon, or where it might go. And the situation may have gotten even murkier over the past year, mostly due to political changes in Washington. State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie says he's been deeply involved in planning for the day when railcars full of spent fuel depart from Vermont Yankee. But he said a tangle of political and regulatory shifts at the federal level have made it "anyone's guess" when that day might come — reformer.com [Print PDF]

    November 17, 2017 — Federal judge awards Duke $68.5M for spent nuclear fuel costs in DOE lawsuit — A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has awarded Duke Energy $68.5 million in its lawsuit against the federal government, the third such decision finding that the U.S. Department of Energy was in partial breach of contract for failure to store Duke's spent nuclear fuel. There have been dozens of similar judgments since the federal government's effort to develop the Yucca Mountain waste repository stalled. Processing and storing the spent fuel was supposed to be done by the government under the terms of a 1983 contract — utilitydive.com [Print PDF]

    Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) November 14, 2017 — Trump’s budget chief says funding for Yucca Mountain was his idea — WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s top budget man, Mick Mulvaney, solved a mystery Tuesday. Asked who put $120 million into Trump’s spending plan to restart licensing for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and other interim storage, Mulvaney said he did — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    November 07, 2017 — Nevada official says Yucca bill not likely to pass Senate — CARSON CITY: A bill to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository may pass the U.S. House but will probably die in the Senate, a state official said Wednesday — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    October 26, 2017 — NARUC, other energy organizations urge Congress to fund Nuclear Waste Program — The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) was among six energy organizations that sent a letter Tuesday to Congressional leaders urging them to adequately fund the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Waste Program for fiscal year 2018 — dailyenergyinsider.com

    October 26, 2017 — As climate change fuels fears about nuclear waste, Maine looks to Trump for solution — WISCASSET, Maine: Atomic power has not been generated in Maine since 1996, but an end to the public health risk posed by nuclear waste stored here remains at least a decade away. And the impacts of climate change add a new sense of urgency to the hunt for a solution — bangordailynews.com [Print PDF]

    October 19, 2017 — Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 [Report together with Additional & Dissenting Views] — U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce

    Support Documents
    October 24, 2017 — Yucca Mountain Licensing Update — Western Interstate Energy Board High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee Meeting — Robert J. Halstead Office of the Governor Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects

    October 18, 2017 Revised Comments on Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, H.R. 3053, as reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 28, 2017 — Robert J. Halstead Office of the Governor Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects

    October 22, 2017 — Amodei expects Yucca Mountain bill to pass before Thanksgiving — U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R–Nev., thinks the House will pass a Yucca Mountain revival bill, maybe before Thanksgiving. . . Despite his expectations that the Yucca Mountain bill will pass the House, Amodei said he expects serious friction in the Senate because Republican Sen. Dean Heller is up for re–election — RJ.com

     Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev. October 19, 2017 — Lawmaker makes a last-minute plea to derail Yucca Mountain bill — WASHINGTON: A Las Vegas lawmaker is making a last–minute plea to stop a House energy bill that would jumpstart the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D–Nev., sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R–Texas, and the ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, asking them to stop the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 because of Air Force concerns of encroachment at Nellis Air Force Base — RJ.com [Print PDF]

    October 17, 2017 — Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent–based process’ for nuclear waste storage — A consent–based process is needed when it comes to disposing of the country’s spent nuclear fuel, says former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz, who served under the Obama administration and was part of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, spoke about Yucca Mountain at the National Clean Energy Summit today in Las Vegas — Las Vegas Snn [Mobil Link]

    October 10, 2017 — Nevada and Trump administration face off over Yucca Mountain — The state perseveres in its three–decade–long fight against hosting a national nuclear waste repository as support for the project from the White House and Congress resurges — By David Kramer, Physics Today [Print PDF]

    October 10, 2017 — Yucca Mountain not in the “top 10” sites for a repository, Nevada expert says — There is no repository at Yucca Mountain. Yucca Mountain is an unsuitable site for a nuclear waste repository. Nevada was a victim of “power politics” when Yucca Mountain was selected as the proposed site for the nation's nuclear waste. Those were the main themes Tuesday night during "Yucca Mountain 101," a Sierra Nevada Forums' presentation at the Brewery Arts Center's Performance Hall — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

  • Presentation: What's Wrong With Yucca Mountain [30 Page PDF] — Robert Halstead, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects

  • Legislation, Interim Storage,and Alternatives to Yucca Mountain [21 Page PDF] — Robert Halstead, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects
  • Presentation: Yucca Mountain Licensing Proceeding [20 Page PDF] — PDF Marta Adams Adams Natural Resources Consulting
  • October 10, 2017 — CBO finds long–term costs of reviving Yucca Mountain hard to predict — WASHINGTON: House legislation to revive Yucca Mountain would have no significant impact on spending over 10 years, but the uncertainty of the project makes long–term cost increases hard to predict, a report by congressional auditors finds. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it was unknown what the cost increases would be if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a license and the Department of Energy constructed a repository for nuclear waste in Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [Download/Print CBO Report]

    September 27, 2017 — Can $46 billion buy a permanent home for nuclear waste stored at San Onofre, other sites? — Congressmembers shifted on the dais during a meeting this week in Washington, D.C. on the long–term possibility of creating a national spot to store nuclear waste. "To put it bluntly," said Anthony O’Donnell, chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, "the state and local governments have the federal government’s waste, and the federal government has our money" — ocregister.com [Print PDF]

    September 26, 2017 — Officials frustrated over lack of progress on Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Energy industry officials and lawmakers vented their frustration over the federal government's failure to open Yucca Mountain as a permanent storage site for the nation’s high-level nuclear waste at a House hearing on Tuesday.Officials and experts on nuclear waste management said radioactive waste continues to pile up at power plants and in local communities because the Energy Department has failed to develop adequate storage — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 19, 2017 — Carson City site of free forum about potential Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump — A free forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in Carson City will discuss the development of Yucca Mountain as a potential nuclear waste dump as well as opposition surrounding the project — Nevada Appeal

    September 18, 2017 — SCE nuclear waste settlement highlights growing problem for shuttered plants — The recent settlement between Southern California Edison and the activist group Citizens Oversight regarding onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel highlights a growing dilemma for nuclear plant owners, particularly owners that are shutting down reactors — utilitydive.com [Print PDF]

    September 08, 2017 — House expected to act on nuclear waste policy this fall — Representatives in Congress are expected to take up a nuclear waste policy bill this fall that deals with issues tied to the Yucca Mountain project. House Energy and Commerce Committee staffer Andy Zach was in Las Vegas on Thursday to present the congressional outlook on nuclear waste policy and Yucca Mountain. Zach said resuming the licensing process for construction authorization for a Yucca Mountain repository is the most immediate priority — Las Vegas Sun

    September 08, 2017 — Nevada board to consider $1M to fight Yucca Mountain plan — CARSON CITY: Nevada is ramping up its fight against the proposed Yucca Mountain waste dump, with a contract for nearly $1 million for legal services up for a vote Tuesday. This third amendment to the contract with the Virginia firm Egan & Associates would bring the deal's total value to nearly $8.5 million through March 30, 2018. The contract funded through the Nevada attorney general's office is up for consideration Tuesday by the Board of Examiners — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 08, 2017 — Nye County, Nevada spar in Vegas over Yucca Mountain — The difference in the stance on Yucca Mountain taken by the state of Nevada and Nye County came into a sharp focus at the 11th annual RadWaste summit in Summerlin. Nye County Commission Chairman Dan Schinhofen and Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Executive Director Bob Halstead sparred over many aspects of the proposed repository, including science, politics and public opinion on the project during the panel titled "Yucca Mountain Restart." — PV Times [Print PDF]

    Robert J. Halstead, executive director of the governor’s Agency for Nuclear Projects September 05, 2017 —Q+A: State's chief Yucca critic: It's 'almost a religious controversy now' — The once-mothballed proposal for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository looks to be heading for a revival and will be a part of discussions at this week's Radwaste Summit in Las Vegas. Robert J. Halstead, executive director of the governor's Agency for Nuclear Projects, is set to appear on the "Yucca Mountain Restart" panel on Wednesday at the summit, which is expected to draw more than 350 commercial and federal radioactive waste officials from Sept. 5-7. — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    • What's the goal of the "Yucca Mountain Restart" panel?
    • What's next for Yucca Mountain?
    • Will Yucca Mountain supporters outnumber opponents at the RadWaste summit?
    • What are the key topics on the RadWaste Summit agenda?

    September 05, 2017 — Energy official says Yucca Mountain ball in Congress’ court — The Trump administration is committed to finding a long–term disposal solution for the nation's nuclear waste, but Congress first needs to fund the effort, a top Department of Energy official said Tuesday in Las Vegas. Speaking at a radioactive waste conference, acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Edward McGinnis said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot restart the licensing process for a permanent nuclear waste dump without an appropriation from Congress — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 05, 2017 — Yucca Mountain opposition to be focus at Las Vegas conference — WASHINGTON: Nevada’s opposition to Trump administration efforts to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project will be underscored Tuesday at a Las Vegas conference on radioactive waste where government and industry experts will gather. “Nevada’s opposition to Yucca Mountain has never been stronger,“ said Robert Halstead, executive director for the state’s Agency for Nuclear Projects — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 03, 2017 — On opposing sides, the state, Nye County prepare for Congress to act on Yucca this fall — One of Harry Reid’s most oft–repeated quotes in the tail end of his 30 years in the U.S. Senate was, "Yucca Mountain is dead." "Yucca Mountain is dead. It'll never happen," he said in Dec. 2006. "Yucca Mountain is dead. And I think it's time for opponents to move on," he said in April 2011. "It's pronounced Nev-AD-a and Yucca Mountain is dead," he said in an Oct. 2016 tweet — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF]

    August 28, 2017 — Goodman Cautions Fellow Mayors On Risks Of Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said she works the room at gatherings of fellow mayors to warn them of the potential transportation risks the nation might face should nuclear waste be moved to Yucca Mountain. “We have passed a resolution every year that I’ve been back in Washington with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to repurpose, deactivate, do research, take the money, but don’t transport this garbage across this country,” she said. — KNPR [17.43]

    San Onofre Nuclear Power Station August 28, 2017 — New deal could push nuke fuel out of San Onofre — After a citizens’ group branded San Onofre a “beachfront nuclear waste dump” – and sued Southern California Edison and the California Coastal Commission for failing to consider another home for it – the warring parties struck an agreement Monday to take specific steps toward removing nuclear waste from the region. Activists hope the deal will also kick-start discussions to solve the nuclear waste dilemma nationwide, while others say it accomplishes little — ocregister.com [Print PDF]

    August 24, 2017 — Proceed with Yucca Mountain — Savannah River Site has for years been the nation's de facto nuclear waste dump with the abandonment of the national waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., in 2011. Tons of high–level waste are currently stored at SRS from its decades as a weapons producer, and more recently, as the federal government's destination for weapons-grade plutonium — postandcourier.com

    August 23, 2017 — Nye commission chairman to advocate for Yucca — Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said he will advocate for the restart of the Yucca Mountain licensing application at the 11th annual RadWaste Summit in Summerlin.The summit will take place on Sept. 5–7 at JW Marriott at 221 N. Rampart Blvd. in Las Vegas — pvtimes.com

    August 21, 2017 — Challenges Facing U.S. Nuclear Power — South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) parent SCANA have suspended construction on two nuclear reactors at South Carolina's V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Santee Cooper owns 45 percent of the project and SCE&G owns 55 percent. The reactors have cost the utilities approximately $9 billion and remain less than 40 percent built. Originally scheduled to come online by 2018, the V.C. Summer Nuclear project experienced major setbacks from disputes with regulators and construction problems. Utility officials recently estimated that the reactors would not begin generating electricity before 2021 and could cost as much as $25 billion – more than twice the initial $11.5 billion estimate — palmbeachpost.com

    August 16, 2017 — Congressman: Yucca Mountain Push Just Following "Law Of The Land" — The congressman many in Nevada contend is leading the charge to entomb nuclear waste 100 miles from Las Vegas says he's only following the law. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., told KNPR's State of Nevada that 1987 legislation identifying Yucca Mountain as the sole site under study as a nuclear waste repository remained "the law of the land," even though work there was halted by President Barack Obama — knpr.org 13:03

    August 08, 2017 — Nuclear Regulatory Commission restarts Yucca Mountain licensing process — The nation's top nuclear energy regulator voted on Tuesday to proceed with the information–gathering stage of approving a license for the contentious nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 2–1 to begin actions related to the review of the Department of Energy's license to build the radioactive waste facility after the Obama administration attempted to scuttle the program entirely — washingtonexaminer.com [Print PDF] [More Coverage]

    August 07, 2017 — The Battle of Yucca Mountain — Plans to store the country's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain were considered "dead" after then–President Obama cut off funding in 2010. A change in the Oval Office could change all that. In his proposed 2018 budget, unveiled in March, President Trump included $120 million to revive the nuclear waste site in the Nevada desert, reopening a decades–long battle that the Silver State's federal delegation has vowed to staunchly oppose — thespectrum.com

    August 07, 2017 — Nuclear Energy Institute opposes Texas' request for restitution from Nuclear Waste Fund — The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit opposing a lawsuit by the state of Texas that requests "restitution and disgorgement" payment from the Nuclear Waste Fund — dailyenergyinsider.com

    August 06, 2017 — Trump's former Las Vegas cohorts gird for battle to stop his Yucca Mountain nuclear waste plan — The White House's plan to revive a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has pushed President Trump into an all–out war with Las Vegas, as powerful casino owners and city economic leaders vow to fight the administration tooth and nail over the proposal. Mr. Trump's 2018 budget proposal calls for $120 million to restart licensing procedures for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, which would be less than 90 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and would store roughly 77,000 tons of used nuclear fuel that now sits at sites across the country — washingtontimes.com [Print PDF]

    August 06, 2017 — How The Dream Of America's 'Nuclear Renaissance' Fizzled — A decade ago, utility executives and policymakers dreamed of a clean energy future powered by a new generation of cheap, safe nuclear reactors. Projects to expand existing nuclear plants in South Carolina and Georgia were supposed to be the start of the "nuclear renaissance." — NPR

    August 03, 2017 — Senate confirms Trump's pick for No. 2 at Energy Department — WASHINGTON: An official who will play a key role in any effort to revive the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain was confirmed overwhelmingly by the Senate on Thursday, despite opposition from Nevada's two senators. Dan Brouillette, nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed 79–19 to be the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy — Las Vegas Review Journal

    August 01, 2017 — Trump's Interior Secretary May Be The Key To Opening Yucca Mountain — A decision by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to shrink two Nevada national monuments could remove a significant hurdle to storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, experts say — dailycaller.com [Print PDF]

    July 28, 2017 — Nevada official says House vote on Yucca funding no shock — CARSON CITY: The director of the state's effort to stop the federal government from putting a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain says he's not surprised by a vote in the House of Representative to move forward with licensing the facility — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    July 27, 2017 — Attempts to block funding for Yucca Mountain die in House — WASHINGTON: A series of amendments to block funding to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository died in the House and were not included in a four-bill, $800 billion spending package. An amendment by Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D–Nev., to strip funding to restart the licensing application for the Yucca site failed to pass on a voice vote — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 22, 2017 — Air Force chief objects to Yucca Mountain nuclear routes — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson sees a need to protect the space frontier and envisions bolstering the ranks of drone warfare all while preserving the vast Southern Nevada range that shrinks as fighter jets zip faster across it. What she doesn't see in her crystal ball is a nuclear–waste train rolling across the 2.9–million–acre Nevada Test and Training Range to reach the Department of Energy's planned repository at Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal [View Yucca Mountain "Nevada Rail Routes" Map]

    July 21, 2017 — Yucca Mountain: High stakes and high hurdles — The Trump administration wants to revive Yucca Mountain, the national nuclear waste repository in Nevada that was canceled by the Obama administration in 2010, but the hurdles are high, both politically and financially. President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget included $150 million in funding to revive the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, comprising $120 million for the Department of Energy to support the completion of the licensing process and $30 million for Nuclear Regulatory Commission activities related to Yucca Mountain. On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved a $38.4 billion funding measure that included provisions for consolidated nuclear waste storage and for funding to allow the Department of Energy to store nuclear waste at private facilities licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But the subcommittee excluded funds requested to restart the Yucca Mountain relicensing process. — utilitydive.com [Print PDF]

    July 19, 2017 — 3 Nevada lawmakers want to erase funding for Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Three congressional Democrats from Nevada are backing an amendment to a House spending bill that would eliminate $120 million in funding to restart the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D–Nev., introduced the amendment one day after a Senate appropriations subcommittee reported out its version of the spending bill for energy and water development that did not include the funding sought by the Trump administration — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 18, 2017 — Senate appropriations bill moves without Yucca money — A request for $120 million to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project has been rejected for the moment in the Senate as an appropriations bill moves forward without the funding — Las Vegas Sun

    July 17, 2017 — 4.1 earthquake rattles Nevada security site near Yucca Mountain — Geologists say a small earthquake that shook the Nevada National Security Site early Monday occurred along the same fault as a swarm of earthquakes that rocked the area in 1999. The 4.1 magnitude earthquake at 2:27 a.m. was centered about 7 miles northeast of the government town of Mercury at the security site and 4.2 miles below the surface, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Julie Dutton said — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    July 15, 2017 — The Post's View Opinion: Put Yucca Mountain to work. The nation needs it.— ENERGY SECRETARY Rick Perry traveled to Capitol Hill last month , asking Congress for $28 billion in funding for everything from nuclear weapons to clean–coal research. Yet one of the most controversial elements in his department’s budget proposal was a request for a relatively tiny $120 million – to restart work on Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site — washingtonpost.com

    July 13, 2017 — Yucca Mountain Revival Takes Another Step Forward — The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide $150 million to the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission for licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository for nuclear waste in Nevada — exchangemonitor.com [Print PDF]

    July 13, 2017 — Yucca Mountain Again — Another "Groundhog Day" has dawned for Yucca Mountain, which is once again being proposed as a geologic repository for the United States' highly radioactive waste. President Trump's budget request includes $120 million to restart the licensing process, and the House is considering legislation to mandate a Yucca Mountain reboot. But the only thing headed for deep burial anytime soon is the nascent "consent-based" approach to siting–in which nuclear waste repositories would be sited only in places where the host community and all affected units of government are willing to accept them — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, 70 Years Speaking Knowledge to Power [Print PDF]

    July 13, 2017 —Rick Perry Considers Permanent Site for Nuclear Waste — On the last day of May, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Rick Perry. It was the second lawsuit Paxton filed against the energy secretary and former Texas governor in three months. Perry is one of a half–dozen defendants named in the two filings at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as Paxton attempts to compel the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, a high–level nuclear waste repository in southern Nevada — washingtonspectator.org

    July 11, 2017 — Trump triggers fight over Yucca waste site — Supporters and opponents of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada are ramping up their advocacy efforts in hopes of swaying Congress and the Trump administration. For the first time in at least seven years, the proposed repository for high-level nuclear waste is on the political agenda in Washington, D.C., and lobbyists are dusting off their playbooks to once again advocate for or against the site — The Hill [Print PDF]

    July 10, 2017 — Longtime Yucca fighter: 'We're worried but also optimistic' about waste dump in era of Trump — Nevada is "small, but we're mighty" in the fight to prevent the federal government from siting a nuclear waste dump within the state's borders, according to Marta Adams, a contractor who's been in the fray nearly two decades. The governor, attorney general and secretary of state got a briefing last week on a battle that's simmered for a generation but is nearing the boiling point in recent months because funding for Yucca Mountain is included in the Trump Administration's budget proposal. Lawsuits that would reduce Nevada's ability to make a case against the repository are active, and a bill to advance the project passed a House committee in late June — The Nevada Independent [Print PDF]

    July 10, 2017 — [Opinon] Yucca Mountain bill hijacks Nevada's authority — When John Glenn was serving in the U.S. Senate, after his time as an astronaut, he had an aide who had done some nuclear waste research work for grassroots groups. When the aide briefed Sen. Glenn on the status of nuclear power and the fact that there was no solution for the waste, the senator said something like, "Wow, that would be like if they had shot me off into space with a promise of figuring how to get me back down while I was on the mission." — Published in the Las Vegas Sun: Judy Treichel is the executive director of the Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force

    July 05, 2017 — 1,800 tons of radioactive waste has an ocean view and nowhere to go — The massive, 150-ton turbines have stopped spinning. The mile-long cooling pipes that extend into the Pacific will likely become undersea relics. High voltage that once energized the homes of more than a million Californians is down to zero. But the San Onofre nuclear power plant will loom for a long time as a landmark, its 1,800 tons of lethal radioactive waste stored on the edge of the Pacific and within sight of the busy 5 Freeway — LA Times

    July 03, 2017 — Nevada expected to boost contract to aid Yucca Mountain fight — CARSON CITY: Nevada officials are expected to sign off on a contract Wednesday that is part of the state's efforts to continue the fight against the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The $150,000 increase in the contract between the attorney general's office and Adams Natural Resources Consulting Services will be reviewed by the state Board of Examiners, which includes Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt —Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 01, 2017 — Analysis: Trump pushing to restart Yucca Mountain but hasn't said why — WASHINGTON: candidate Donald Trump came to Las Vegas to face the question all presidential hopefuls who think they can win Nevada must face: Did he support building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain? "I'm very friendly with this area," Trump responded. "I have a hotel here. I will tell you I'm going to take a look at it because so many people here are talking about it. I'll take a look at it, and the next time you interview me, I'l have an answer." —Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 28, 2017 — House panel votes to advance Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project — A House committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to advance a bill meant to move along the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The legislation would set a time limit for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the project and makes a necessary land transfer for the project. It also allows the Department of Energy (DOE) to permit an interim nuclear waste storage site before Yucca has its licensing process completed. If the legislation becomes law, it would bring Yucca closer to reality, 30 years after Congress decided — over the objections of the state of Nevada — to designate the site as the nation's repository for high–level nuclear waste — The Hill [More coverage — Las Vegas Sun

    Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. June 23, 2017 — Energy secretary's Yucca comments irk Nevada's leaders, please Nye County — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the nation has a "moral obligation" to build Yucca Mountain in Nye County. Perry appeared in front of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee on Tuesday, when members of Congress discussed the fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Energy. "We have a moral and national security obligation to come up with a long-term solution, finding the safest repositories available," Perry told the subcommittee. "Listen, I understand, this is a politically–sensitive topic for some, but we can no longer kick the can down the road" — By Daria Sokolova Pahrump Valley Times [Mobil Link] [Print PDF]

    June 22, 2017 — In Renewed Yucca Mountain Effort, Nevada Battles On Multiple Fronts The effort to turn Yucca Mountain into the nation’s nuclear waste repository went mostly dormant during the Obama administration. These days not so much. Nevada is engaged in a multi-front fight to thwart legislative, administrative, and judicial action to revive the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. This week, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the government had a “moral obligation” to find a permanent home for the tons of highly radioactive waste generated by nuclear power plants — KNPR.org 17.04 min

    June 22, 2017 — Perry tangles with Cortez Masto over Yucca Mountain plans — WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry trotted up to Capitol Hill on Thursday for a third congressional hearing over three days and tangled with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto over Trump administration plans to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain project

    June 21, 2017 — [Energy Secretary] Perry says no decision made on interim nuclear waste storage in Nevada WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry clarified a previous statement on interim nuclear waste storage, telling a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that no decisions have been made on temporary sites for spent fuel in Texas, New Mexico or Nevada. Private companies in New Mexico and Texas have submitted applications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to store nuclear waste on an interim basis. Perry created a firestorm Tuesday when he suggested to the House Appropriations subcommittee on energy that the Nevada National Security Site could store waste temporarily — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    June 20, 2017 — [Press Release] Governor Sandoval responds to new suggestion from Secretary Perry to use Nevada National Security Site [Nevada Test Site] as interim storage location for toxic — Governor Brian Sandoval issued the following statement in response to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's remarks during a House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee budget hearing today. During the hearing, Secretary Perry doubled–down on his desire to make Nevada the nation's nuclear dumping ground by suggesting he would like to consider interim storage of high-level nuclear waste at the Nevada National Security Site in the short term — State of Nevada [Print PDF]

    © Greg Nash June 20, 2017 — Perry cites 'moral obligation' to build Yucca nuclear waste site — Energy Secretary Rick Perry implored lawmakers Tuesday to fund licensing efforts for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada. Perry said the United States has a “moral obligation” to build the site, since storing spent fuel at the sites of the nation’s nuclear reactors is dangerous. We have a moral obligation . . . to remove this from as many of these sites as we can and put it in the safest repository,” Perry said at a House Appropriations Committee subpanel hearing Tuesday — The Hill

    June 20, 2017 — [Energy Secretary] Perry backs Yucca Mountain, proposes an interim waste storage site in Nevada — WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended a $28 billion budget proposal Tuesday, citing the need for $120 million to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project and develop interim storage that could include the Nevada National Security Site. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, said the suggestion of the Nevada National Security Site was a ”complete blindside“ by the energy secretary and a plan that is “ill-conceived, irresponsible and likely illegal.” — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    June 20, 2017 — Yucca Mountain funding a bright spot for Republicans Trump's budget — President Trump's funding for the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada is emerging as one of the few points of agreement among top House Republicans when it comes to the president's fiscal 2018 budget proposal. "I was glad to see you put money into ... Yucca Mountain. That's something that this committee has put money into for the last several years, and it always gets dropped in conference" between the House and the Senate, said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, during Tuesday's first budget hearing with Energy Secretary Rick Perry — washingtonexaminer.com

    June 15, 2017 — Bill to expedite Yucca Mountain licensing clears 1st hurdle — WASHINGTON: A bill to expedite the licensing and development of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada was passed by a subcommittee Thursday, clearing the first hurdle for legislation expected to be taken up in the House this year. The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment approved the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act on a voice vote. The bill now goes to the full committee for approval — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF}

    June 14, 2017 — Nevada files motion to dismiss lawsuit that threatens state’s ability to fight Yucca Mountain — The State of Nevada’s legal fight against Yucca Mountain took an important step forward this week, with the filing of a motion to dismiss a State of Texas lawsuit that threatens to undercut Nevada’s opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository. Previously, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans granted Nevada’s motion to intervene in the nuclear waste lawsuit State of Texas v. United States of America (Case No. 17-60191) — State of Nevada [Print PDF]

    June 13, 2017 — Titus statement on upcoming yucca mountain hearing — Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District

    Excavating equipment at the site of what will be the world’s first repository for spent nuclear reactor fuel, deep in granite bedrock in Finland. Credit Miikka Pirinen for The New York Times June 09, 2017 — Finland Works, Quietly, to Bury Its Nuclear Reactor Waste — OLKILUOTO ISLAND, Finland: Beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to entomb its nuclear waste.

    If all goes well, sometime early in the next decade the first of what will be nearly 3,000 sealed copper canisters, each up to 17 feet long and containing about two tons of spent reactor fuel from Finland’s nuclear power industry, will be lowered into a vertical borehole in a side tunnel about 1,400 feet underground — nytimes.com [Print PDF]

    Las Vegas Review Journal June 08, 2017 — RTC to examine travel routes for nuclear waste headed to Yucca Mountain — North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee called Thursday for a study on how nuclear waste might travel through Southern Nevada amid concerns that Yucca Mountain could become a repository for the radioactive material. Along with fighting President Donald Trump’s effort to restart licensing activity at Yucca Mountain, Nevada should also help other states wanting to store nuclear waste, Lee said at the close of a board meeting of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    June 07, 2017 — Nye County increases budget for Yucca Mountain — Nye County has increased its budget for activities associated with Yucca Mountain, the county’s financial records show. According to the documents, Nye County’s fiscal year 2018 budget has $60,000 in the administration department for an Akerman LLP contract which was previously paid out of the contingency fund. The Miami–based lobbying firm represents the county in federal lobbying activities including Yucca Mountain — PV Times [Print PDF]

    June 07, 2017 — Texas Takes DOE To Court Over Yucca Mountain Limbo — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a motion with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to have the court force the federal government to re–channel its funds and activities towards a spent nuclear fuel (SNF) storage solution at Yucca Mountain in Nevada — nuclearstreet.com

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) June 07, 2017 — Nuclear agency seeks $30M for Yucca Mountain licensing review — WASHINGTON: The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asked Congress on Wednesday for $30 million and staff to review the expected restart of the license application to permanently store nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada. NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki is seeking the money for Yucca Mountain as part of the agency’s $952 million budget request for fiscal year 2018. Svinicki said the 2018 budget is an increase over this fiscal year and due to $30 million for ”Yucca Mountain activities“ — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    Nevada Sen. Dean Heller answers a question during a town hall at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. on April 17, 2107. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette Journal via AP) June 06, 2017 — Heller issues warning to Trump administration over Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Nevada Sen. Dean Heller delivered a warning Tuesday to the Trump administration over its plan to restart the licensing process on the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. Heller, a Republican, demanded that Dan Brouillette, the administration’s nominee for Department of Energy deputy secretary, answer questions about those plans. Brouillette’s nomination was advanced by a committee to the full Senate for consideration and a confirmation vote — Las Vegas Review Journakl [Print PDF]

    June 05, 2017 — Bryan Says Yucca Budget Request Shows Nuke Waste Fight Continues — Richard Bryan, who fought the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository as Nevada’s governor and in the U.S. Senate, says the Trump administration wants to make a down payment on restarting work on the site 100 miles from Las Vegas — NPR

    June 04, 2017 — SUN EDITORIAL: From sea to glowing sea: Yucca Mountain a threat to 44 states — Some people richly deserve to be called NIMBYs – Not In My Backyarders, or jerks who oppose practically anything being built near their home regardless of how much it will benefit their community. A bicycle path and walking trail? Reroute it. A soccer complex? Make those noisy kids play somewhere else. A shelter for victims of domestic violence? Take it down the road. But objecting to Yucca Mountain doesn’t make anybody in Nevada a NIMBY, as evidenced by the map [presented below] — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

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