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    April 26, 2017 — Witnesses urge House lawmakers to revive Yucca Mountain — Updated April 26, 2017 – 11:40 pm WASHINGTON: A congressional battle was renewed Wednesday when a House panel held its first hearing this year on reviving the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada. The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment called on experts who said that obstacles to opening the Yucca Mountain site, defunded and closed in 2012, were difficult but could be overcome and urged Congress to begin the licensing process on the Nevada site. Funding, water rights, transportation of spent nuclear fuel, and fierce political opposition by state officials were all listed as some of the concerns that plagued continuation of developing the site as a permanent geologic location for storage — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    April 26, 2017 — Gaming industry opposes plan to reopen Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository — Washington, D.C.– American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Geoff Freeman sent a letter today to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy which is holding a hearing on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, which would revive Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository [More Information] — americangaming.org

    April 26, 2017 — GOVERNMENT: Energy Secretary: Importance of resuming Yucca licensing 'became clearer' after Nevada trip, geologic repository is the 'best long-term solution' for U.S. nuclear waste — Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the importance of resuming the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository "became clearer" after touring the site last month and that a geologic repository is the "best long-term solution" for the country's nuclear waste ahead of a congressional hearing on the proposal this morning — The Nevada Independent [Print PDF]

    April 26, 2017 — Hearing Record: H.R.___, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 — U.S. Congress, House Energy & Commerce Committee [Staff background memo – 15 Page PDF]

    April 25, 2017 — No amount of spending will make Yucca Mountain nuke dump a good idea — Editor’s note: In reaction to news that a hearing on a bill to resurrect the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository had been scheduled in a congressional subcommittee this week, a group of 80 organizations has signed onto a letter being distributed to all members of the U.S. House and Senate, along with heads of the staffs of relevant committees. The organizations shared a copy of the letter with the Sun. We support their message wholeheartedly, and we believe it’s of such importance that it should be shared with the community. A condensed version follows. — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    April 24, 2017 — Nevada lawmakers line up to testify against reviving Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Nevada lawmakers will testify before a House hearing this week in opposition of revising Yucca Mountain as a permanent nuclear waste site, the Energy and Commerce Committee announced Monday. In advance of the hearing, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval sent a letter to the committee noting the state’s opposition based on “scientific, technical and legal merits” — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [Photo – Nevada lawmakers]

    April 24, 2017 — Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight — TheHill.com, BY DEVIN HENRY

    April 20, 2017 — 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.” — RJ.com [Print PDF]

    April 19, 2017 — HEARING NOTICE: Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment — U.S. Congress

    April 19, 2017 — [DISCUSSION DRAFT FEDERAL LEGISLATION – 45 Page PDF] To amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes — US Congress

    April 19, 2017 — Plan to revive Yucca Mountain to get first hearing in Congress — WASHINGTON: A House energy committee has scheduled a hearing next week to begin the legislative process to revive the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that legislation on a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management policy would be the subject of the hearing. The hearing by the environment subcommittee, under Chairman John Shimkus, R-Ill., would examine the federal government's responsibility to dispose of nuclear waste from plants across the country — RJ. com [Print PDF]

    April 13, 2017 — Governor Sandoval and Attorney General Laxalt take new step in yucca opposition — Governor Brian Sandoval announced today that, at his direction, the Agency for Nuclear Projects, in cooperation with Attorney General Adam Laxalt, intervened in a nuclear waste lawsuit filed by the State of Texas in federal court — State of Nevada [Print PDF]

    April 11, 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 — RJ.com [Print PDF]

    April 08, 2017 — Op–ed: Nuclear reprocessing and Yucca Mountain are non-starters — William Shugart's April 1 op-ed, “Reprocessing nuclear waste and Yucca Mountain worth another look,” needs "another look." Appeals to reprocess fuel and re–investigate Yucca Mountain (a project I worked on for nearly four years) fall short on a number of fronts — Salt Lake Tribune [Print PDF]

    April 05, 2017 — New Mexico, Texas seek licenses to store spent nuclear fuel — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The race for what to do with spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants is heating up as backers of a plan to build a temporary storage site in New Mexico made the rounds in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday in hopes of gaining support for their proposal — thenewstribune.com [Print PDF]

    March 29, 2017 — Legal action possible in fight against Yucca Mountain project, [Gov. NV] Sandoval says — RJ.com

    March 29, 2017 — Decades–old war over Yucca Mountain nuclear dump resumes under Trump budget plan — An abandoned tunnel in the desolate Nevada desert, barricaded only by a chain–link fence, is all that remains of the nation's tortured effort to create a permanent repository for nuclear waste 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — LA Times [Print PF]

    March 27, 2017 — Energy Secretary Perry tours Yucca Mountain, meets with Governor Sandoval — Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured Yucca Mountain and met with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to discuss the project on Monday, a little more than a week after the White House included $120 million in funding in its fiscal 2018 budget plan to restart licensing activities at the long–stalled nuclear waste dump — THI [Print PDF]

    March 24, 2017 — GUEST COMMENTARY: Battle against Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump is reborn — You’re a fear monger. . . This is just a "Not in my backyard" issue. . . Your arguments are emotional, not scientific. . . In discussions about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, these are the three replies that opponents of the project most often hear from federal government officials and commercial nuclear industry zealots who are bent on moving forward with it. The Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, now in its 30th year opposing Yucca Mountain, has produced maps . . . By Judy Treichel, special to the Sun [Print PDF]

    March 21, 2017 — The White House Revives a Controversial Plan for Nuclear Waste — Near the southern tip of Nevada is a ridge politicians have been fighting over for 30 years. Yucca Mountain was designated the permanent underground storage site for nuclear waste in 1987. It had an ambitious mission–to entomb high-level radioactive waste safely for at least 10,000 years–and a tentative opening date of 1998. But the process of even approving its construction has dragged on through four presidents. In 2011, the Obama administration officially mothballed the project — The Atlantic [Print PDF]

    March 20, 2017 — Nevada Legislature formalizes opposition to revive Yucca Mountain — CARSON CITY: A resolution restating the Legislature’s opposition to any effort to license Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear waste dump was endorsed Monday by Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt. Assembly Joint Resolution 10 was introduced last week just as the Trump administration announced a budget request of $120 million to restart licensing proceedings with the goal of making it the burial site for 77,000 metric tons of the nation’s spent nuclear fuel &mdsh; RJ.com

    March 20, 2017 — [Congressional Letter] Letter to DOE Secretary Rich Perry from the U.S. Congress, Committe on Energy and Commerce — U.S. Congress – 3 Page PDF

    March 18, 2017 — Supposedly 'dead' Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project returns to vex Nevada — By STEVE SEBELIUS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

    March 17, 2017 — The Indy Explains: The fight over Yucca Mountain If you live in Nevada, chances are you’ve heard about Yucca Mountain —and probably more than once. The name surfaces every election season as politicians vow to protect the Silver State from a controversial nuclear waste dump. The political hot potato goes back decades, so if you’re fuzzy on where the project stands, don't fret. You're likely not alone. But brace yourselves for more discussion in the weeks and months to come, given its inclusion in the White House's 2018 budget plan, which calls for $120 million to restart licensing activities for Yucca Mountain. Here's everything you need to know about Yucca Mountain, including its location, history and status — By Michelle Rindels, Megan Messerly, Riley Snyder and Jackie Valley, The Nevada Independent [Print PDF]

    March 16, 2017 — Yucca Mountain placement in Trump budget draws ire from congressional delegation, Nevada leaders — Yucca Mountain is back on the table. A recently–released summary of the White House’s fiscal 2018 budget plan calls for $120 million to restart licensing activities for the long–stalled nuclear waste dump in Nye County, about 90 miles outside of Las Vegas. Most of Nevada’s congressional delegation stands in staunch opposition to the proposal. Former Democratic Sen. Harry Reid led the charge in opposing Yucca Mountain as Senate Democratic leader — The Nevada Independent [Print PDF]

    Robert Halstead, ED Nevada Agency For Nuclear Projects March 13, 2017 — Attempts to revive Yucca Mountain project will cost feds $1.66B, Nevada director reports – CARSON CITY: Nevada will continue to fight any attempt to restart the Yucca Mountain project as the site to bury the nation’s high-level radio active waste, and supporters should walk away from the moribund effort, a state official told state lawmakers on Monday. Bob Halstead, in a budget presentation from the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, said the state will contest 218 elements in any Department of Energy license application, with another 30 to 50 challenges anticipated based on new information — RJ.com [Print PDF] [Related Story —CNBC ]

    March 08, 2017 — Rep. Joe Wilson: South Carolina ratepayers have spent $1.5 billion on Yucca Mountain — Completing the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada will expedite the disposition of spent nuclear fuel at the Savannah River Site in Aiken County and elsewhere in the nation, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said during testimony Wednesday — aikenstandard.com [Print PDF]

    March 03, 2017 — Is Yucca Mountain once again to be America’s nuclear waste dump? — WASHINGTON: Thirty years after Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was designated as America’s only dumping ground for nuclear waste, not a single isotope has been sent there. The state’s political clout in Washington made sure of that, effectively hitting pause on a process of scientific studies and planning that began in 1987. But times changed dramatically this year. Suddenly, Yucca Mountain is being discussed again — sacbee. com

    New Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is sworn in March 02, 2017 — Senate confirms Perry to head Energy Department . . . At DOE, Perry will manage the nation’s nuclear energy program and the ongoing problem of storing waste from reactors that generate spent nuclear fuel. Under repeated questioning by [Nevada Senator] Cortez Masto, Perry told the Senate hearing that he would not rule out using Yucca Mountain as a permanent site for storing nuclear waste — By GARY MARTIN REVIEW–JOURNAL WASHINGTON BUREAU [Print PDF]

    February 24, 2017 — Make Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste a Security Issue: Proponent —The political logjam over Yucca Mountain should be broken by depicting the storage of nuclear waste there as a national-security issue, a leading Nevada proponent of the project says.“If I could get in a room with President Donald Trump, what I would say is this a national security issue. The government made promises. They’ve taken money from ratepayers. There’s $30 billion-plus sitting there. It’s time to follow the law,” said Dan Schinhofen, chairman of the Nye County Board of County of Commissioners, who represents the county where Yucca Mountain is located — By Rebecca Kern: bna.com [Print PDF]

    Nevada U.S Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto February 23, 2017 — Push to revive Yucca Mountain Project would be waste, Cortez Masto tells Las Vegas group — U.S Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Thursday in Las Vegas that any push to revive the Yucca Mountain Project would be a "waste of time" and taxpayer money. President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Department of Energy, Rick Perry, said last week that the site could not be ruled out as a site to store the nation's nuclear waste — Las Vegas Review Journal

    February 19, 2017 — Panelists Weigh Nuclear Waste Solution Post–Obama — WASHINGTON: Little more than a month after taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop work on a permit for licensing the nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Obama acted at the behest of then-Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — rtoinsider.com

    February 17, 2017 — Nuclear waste solution must include Yucca Mountain, key GOP lawmaker says — WASHINGTON: Yucca Mountain continues to be considered by a Republican lawmaker on a key congressional panel to be part of a comprehensive solution to the continuing problem of storing nuclear waste generated by power plants — By GARY MARTIN, REVIEW-JOURNAL WASHINGTON BUREAU [Print PDF]

    February 16, 2017 — Rick Perry and Yucca — Reno News & Review

    February 14, 2017 — It’s never been off the table: Key congressman reiterates interest in shipping nuke waste to Yucca Mountain — “I’m the nuclear waste guy, that’s what I do in Washington” said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., after taking a tour last week of the decommissioning process at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Diego — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    February 09, 2017 — Why Congress Shouldn’t Bother Reviving Yucca Mountain — The Trump administration and Congress seem to be trying to raise Yucca Mountain from the dead. Yucca Mountain is the site of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada that was halted in 2010. The site has always been political, from its initial choice to its recent death — Forbes [Print PDF]

    February 05, 2017 — Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington? — In January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Nuclear Technology Act of 2017, HR 590, that is intended ”to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies.“ The bill was sponsored by two Republicans and three Democrats and has now moved to Committee in the Senate, chaired by John Thune (R-SD) — Forbs [Print PDF]

    January 31, 2017 — Congress likely to seek funding for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, state report says — The Nevada commission charged with overseeing nuclear waste issues on Tuesday warned that it expects Congress to seek funding to revive the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository project this year. The warning is contained in a report to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state Legislature from the Nuclear Projects Commission. The report states it is not yet clear whether the Trump administration would support reviving the shuttered program to permanently store 77,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste— primarily spent fuel from commercial power reactors — in a maze of tunnels inside the Nye County mountain — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    January 30, 2017 — [EDITORIAL] It’s simple, President Trump: Yucca Mountain project is too risky — Dear President Donald Trump, By reputation, you prefer to receive information about complicated topics not in long reports or studies, but rather in synopsized memos and at–a–glance breakdowns. To that end, we offer this map showing one of the train routes on which highly radioactive material would be transported to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository if the project were to be restarted — Las Vegas Sun

    January 27, 2017 — Will Trump and Perry Revive Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository? — The answer may be more political than technical. And the topic of long-term nuclear waste storage is just one of dozens facing Energy Secretary-designate Rick Perry, should he be confirmed by the Senate — Spectrum [Print PDF]

    January 24, 2017 — [Nevada Governor] Sandoval, congressional delegation discuss Yucca Mountain, other priorities — RJ.com

    January 19, 2017 — Trump’s pick for Energy chief says Yucca Mountain can’t be ruled out — WASHINGTON: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President–elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, left open Thursday the possibility that Yucca Mountain could house nuclear waste in the future. Perry told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that he understood the position of Nevada’s bipartisan congressional delegation and Gov. Brian Sandoval that the facility should be mothballed because of intense opposition. But Perry would not rule out consideration of Yucca Mountain for future use — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    January 12, 2017 — Energy chief: Bid to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump doomed — WASHINGTON: Any effort to revive the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is doomed to fail because the project lacks support from elected officials in the state, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

    January 11, 2017 — Members of Nevada Delegation Stand United Against Yucca Mountain — Dean Heller, US Senator State of Nevada

    January 10, 2017 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN — Conflict looms for Trump between hotel and waste site — Floor–to–ceiling windows. A day spa. Valet parking. Those are some of the perks at the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. Could a view of rail cars hauling nuclear waste be next? President–elect Donald Trump’s luxury Sin City spot and Yucca Mountain — the supposedly defunct desert repository that many in the nuclear industry want to revive — could be on a collision course. Yucca Mountain critics are pushing more and more to remind Trump that the project would devastate Nevada tourism, including his own hotel. But some former DOE officials and proponents of the project dismiss those concerns, saying nuclear waste bound for the repository would never come close to Trump's property — eenews.net [Print PDF]

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