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    January 15, 2019 — GUEST COLUMN: By Judy Treichel: First step to a solution on nuclear waste: End Yucca Mountain — There is an interesting phenomenon at the Department of Energy when it comes to the disposal of high-level nuclear waste. When a new concept for getting rid of waste is proposed, the reaction from the department is: “Our policy is Yucca Mountain. That’s the law.” But when someone suggests abandoning Yucca Mountain, the reaction is: “We can’t do that without a viable alternative.” This is a circular dilemma, going nowhere — Las Vegas Sun

    January 14, 2019 — Some US nuclear industry officials question if new repository strategy needed — Washington — Nearly a decade after the US Department of Energy dismantled the Yucca Mountain repository project in Nevada, the program still lacks congressional funding to move it forward, and some nuclear industry officials are wondering if it is time to look for another way to dispose of the country's more than 80,000 mt of utility spent fuel — spglobal.com

    January 12, 2019 — Tenn. senator supports Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage — Yucca Mountain was designated as the location for the nation's nuclear waste repository by Congress in 1987. More than $15 billion has been spent ... Las Vegas Review Journal

    January 11, 2019 — Groundhog Day in new Congress: Yucca push coming — llinois Republican John Shimkus, the House’s chief proponent of building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, will continue to look for an opportunity to advance the project, but he believes the locus of the fight is now in the GOP-controlled Senate. “I think a lot of this moves over into their chamber,” Shimkus said Thursday of the Senate — The Nevada Independent

    December 26, 2018 — [Editorial] Midterms may have spelled the end of Yucca Mountain — Did a blue wave wash away Yucca Mountain? Plans to restart construction of the nuclear waste storage facility 90 miles from Las Vegas were given new life during the Trump administration, inciting fear and protest among Nevadans. However, the results of the midterm elections in November may have created a political buffer against the continued construction of Yucca, and Nevadans have the blue wave to thank for that — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    December 20, 2018 — Yucca Mountain revival efforts appear dead – for now — RJ.com

    December 15, 2018 — Western states urge Congress to address nuclear waste transportation issues — Nevada and a group of Western states want safety changes in nuclear waste transportation if Congress puts money toward licensing at the proposed dump site of Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

    December 14, 2018 — Pro-Yucca lawmakers push for funding in year-end spending package — Lawmakers who support building a nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain have launched an 11th-hour bid to obtain money for the project in must-pass, end-of-year funding legislation. Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee are part of the group leading the charge. Upton is chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee. Alexander is chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Subcommittee, which oversees the Department of Energy’s budget — thenevadaindependent.com

    December 10, 2018 — Sandoval urges lawmakers not to allocate funds for Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urged congressional leaders to ignore last-minute pleas to place language and funding in a year-end spending bill that could revive the license application process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository — RJ.com

    December 12, 2018 — Industry Groups to Congress: Inaction on Nuclear Waste Not an Option — Fifteen notable industry groups have urged Congressional leaders to act on the federal used nuclear fuel program, noting no progress on the Yucca Mountain repository license application and consolidated interim storage is “untenable.” The broad coalition of labor unions, state public service commissioners, clean energy organizations, and energy trade associations told U.S. House and Senate leaders in a December 4 letter: “It is time for the federal government to meet its statutory and contractual obligations. Utilities and their electricity customers have done their part.” — powermag.com

    December 06, 2018 — Letter to Congress: 61 organizations oppose nuclear waste language in year end legislation — Speaker Ryan, Democratic Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Democratic Leader Schumer — Nuclear News

    November 29, 2018 — Titus urges House leaders to block any effort to revive Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON : A Nevada lawmaker urged House leaders not to allow any last-minute funding requests to be slipped into a final spending bill that would revive the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., sent a letter dated Nov. 28, to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee asking them to turn away any 11th-hour funding requests by supporters of the Yucca Mountain project — RJ.com [Related Story]

    November 19, 2018 — U.S. senator joins nationwide call for caution on Hanford waste change — RICHLAND, WA: The public needs more time to comment on an issue as important as reclassifying high level radioactive waste at Hanford and other Department of Energy sites, says 75 organizations nationwide. On Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., added his support to their call for more additional time on the DOE proposal — tri-cityherald.com

    November 08, 2018 — Nuclear host communities weigh in on waste characterization — Representatives from multiple communities that host nuclear activities publicly supported a proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to change its definition of high-level nuclear waste (HLW), potentially downgrading some HLW to either low-level or transuranic (TRU) waste — currentargus.com

    October 31, 2018 — Nevada officials brace for new attempt to revive Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Despite the president’s election-eve comments suggesting a change in his stance on nuclear waste storage in Nevada, the state and political opponents are preparing for another push to revive the Yucca Mountain licensing process. President Donald Trump has proposed funding for Yucca Mountain licensing in his past two budget requests — both approved by the House but killed by the Senate — By Gary Martin – Las Vegas Review-Journal

    October 29, 2018 — Democrats Seize on Trump’s Remarks About Nevada’s Yucca Nuclear Dump — Nevada Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to follow through on his new-found opposition to the construction of a nuclear waste dump outside of Las Vegas, after his top energy official said the administration still supports the Yucca Mountain project — bloomberg.com [More Coverage RJ.com]

    October 15, 2018 — Tansportation Issues Disqualify Yucca Mountain, Opponent Says — A top Yucca Mountain foe warned Las Vegas business leaders Monday that the proposed nuclear waste repository would turn Southern Nevada into a transportation hub for highly radioactive material. Bob Halstead, who heads Nevada’s Agency for Nuclear Projects, told a Las Vegas Metro Chamber breakfast that spent nuclear fuel would travel through Southern Nevada for 50 years should work proceed at the site, about 100 miles from Las Vegas — knpr.org

    October 05, 2018 — Titus, Rosen see Yucca threat in DOE proposal on high-level nuclear waste — A proposed change to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) interpretation of what counts as high-level nuclear waste could result in a backdoor effort to store nuclear waste in Nevada, Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen said Thursday — thenevadaindependent.com

    September 28, 2018 — Rosen: Yucca poses threat to bases in Nevada — Nevada’s 3rd U.S. House Rep. Jacky Rosen looks at the Yucca Mountain controversy through the eyes of a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. The storage and transportation of nuclear waste at the site — less than 100 miles from Las Vegas — poses a serious threat to national security because of the U.S. military bases that surround the area, Rosen said earlier this month on Nevada Newsmakers — pbtimes.com

    September 19, 2018 — Letters to the editor of the Pahrump Valley Times — State disputes information in Yucca Mountain column. Tim Burke’s “Yucca Mountain Transportation Scenarios Explored,” PVT September 14, 2018, is wrong on the facts — pvtimes.com

    September 17, 2018 — NRC Resumes Review of Application to Build Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility in Texas — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this month has resumed its safety and environmental reviews of an application by Interim Storage Partners to construct and operate a consolidated spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Andrews County, Texas — eponline.com

    September 12, 2018 — Congressman: Political considerations derailing Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON — A House champion of using Yucca Mountain for permanent storage of nuclear waste charged Wednesday that national energy priorities have been dashed by political calculations to protect vulnerable Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Heller, who is in a tight re-election bid, gladly took credit for having “stonewalled” House efforts to fund the revival of the proposed nuclear waste repository in the Silver State. “I will not let Nevada be overrun by states that want to move the nuclear waste they created out of their backyards and into ours,” Heller said — RJ.com

    September 11, 2018 —What’s in the Final VA, Energy, Legislative Branch Minibus — The final version of a three-bill package lawmakers hope to send soon to President Donald Trump would fund a new Veterans Affairs health-care law, block money for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility, and require Senate candidates to file their finance reports electronically — about.bgov.com

    September 06, 2018 —Sandoval, Heller push back as Department of Energy proposes storing excess weapons-grade plutonium at Nevada Test Site — Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller are pushing back on a Department of Energy proposal to store weapons-grade plutonium at the Nevada National Security Site. The plan to store plutonium in Nevada is the result of the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s failure to meet a deadline to complete construction on a South Carolina facility that’s meant to repurpose excess plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors, according to a press release issued by Heller’s office on Thursday. A federal district court in May ordered that one metric ton of plutonium be removed from the site — thenevadaindependent.com

    September 01, 2018 — COMMENTARY: Yucca Mountain: No easy transportation, no free government money — Two recent letters to the Review-Journal suggest there are safe and easy ways to transport high-level nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. Jim Marsh (“Nuke dump,” Aug. 21) proposes flying the waste in using large C-5A transport planes. Dale Kahre (“Nuke transport,” Aug. 26) proposes trucking the waste in via the new Interstate 11. These proposals, however, are unworkable — RJ.com
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    Robert J. Halstead is executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects. He writes from Carson City.

    August 31, 2018 — Hearing set for challenge of NRC’s Yucca Mountain decisions — WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has scheduled a briefing on Nevada’s legal challenge to Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner David Wright’s participation in decisions involving Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste storage at the proposed site, officials said Friday. The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has instructed Nevada and the NRC to prepare motions by Oct. 15 and has scheduled a hearing in the case Nevada vs. NRC — RJ.com

    August 30, 2018 — Nevada files to force NRC official’s recusal from Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Nevada continued its legal attack on the Trump administration over Yucca Mountain on Wednesday, asking a federal appellate court to block an agency commissioner from participating in actions and decisions involving a proposed nuclear waste repository. Nevada asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the state’s request that Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner David Wright recuse himself from decisions involving Yucca Mountain because of previous statements and advocacy work. Wright declined to recuse himself July 2. He said his previous statements were general support of a “long-term nuclear waste storage solution” — www.reviewjournal.com [More Coverage — AP]

    August 29, 2018 — DOE study targets safer storage of nuclear waste — eurekalert.org

    August 24, 2018 — [Editorial] San Onofre nuclear plant mishap gets federal probe it deserves — sandiegouniontribune

    August 16, 2018 — Nevada bolstering resources for renewed Yucca fight — Nevada is shoring up two positions in its opposition to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository that has gained steam under President Donald Trump. The state is turning a part-time contractor position into a full-time state job and extending and boosting a legal contract as part of its decades-old effort to block the Yucca Mountain project. Momentum to create the repository all but died under former President Barack Obama — Las Vegas Sun

    August 15, 2018 — Sandoval urges officials to gear up to fight Yucca Mountain in 2019 — WASHINGTON — Despite a stalemate in Congress that appears to have shelved action on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project for the year, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urged state officials to be prepared and proactive and to take the battle to the federal government. “Let’s continue to slug ‘em in the stomach and pop ‘em between the eyes,” Sandoval said during a Board of Examiners meeting in Carson City on Tuesday — rj.com

    August 10, 2018 — Will Oyster Creek's nuclear waste be cash cow for buyer Holtec? — A high-level nuclear waste storage facility doesn’t exist yet, since the federal government stopped its attempts in 2011 to develop the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada in the face of local and regional opposition. So, for the foreseeable future, nuclear plants’ spent fuel must be stored on site of both operating and closed plants — pressofatlanticcity

    August 08, 2018 — Holtec Nuclear Waste Project’s Opponents Seek Role for New Mexico — New Mexico’s attorney general thinks the state can do little to stop Holtec International’s application to temporarily store high-level waste from commercial nuclear reactors, but that doesn’t deter critics of the project. A state lawmaker and an environmentalist who oppose the project to store the toxic trash in New Mexico before it is buried forever at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain or another site said they believe the state—and not just the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission—can exert some influence over the Holtec project’s future — bna.com

    August 03, 2018 — Attorney general: New Mexico has little say in Holtec proposal — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said the State of New Mexico has limited recourse if it were to oppose federal licensure of a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel — currentargus.com

    July 27, 2018 Yucca Mountain revival efforts appear dead – for now — WASHINGTON — Efforts to restart licensing hearings and store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain appear dead for the next year after a congressional panel eliminated a funding request from the defense bill Monday. Trump administration and congressional attempts to restart the licensing hearings and open the nuclear waste repository will likely resume in the next Congress, after midterm elections in November that could reshape the makeup of the House — RJ.com

    July 18, 2018 — Las Vegas business leaders mount campaign against Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: A congressional tour of Yucca Mountain last weekend spurred Las Vegas business leaders to fan out across the nation’s capital Wednesday and lobby lawmakers and the Trump administration against storing nuclear waste in Nevada. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has historically opposed the Yucca Mountain project, located just 90 miles northwest of the entertainment destination, but a recent visit to the mothballed nuclear waste repository by lawmakers reignited worries — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 14, 2018 — EDITORIAL: Illinois congressman is back to waste more time on Yucca Mountain — Maybe the 11 congressmen who are scheduled to accompany Rep. John Shimkus this weekend on a tour of Yucca Mountain will get a nice meal and win a few bucks while they’re in the Las Vegas area. They’re sure as hell not going to get a full picture of the proposed nuclear waste repository. That’s because Shimkus apparently doesn’t want them to be fully informed about the disastrous project — Las Vegas Sun

    July 12, 2018 — Lawmaker hopes Yucca Mountain tour puts pressure on Congress — WASHINGTON — In an effort to spotlight congressional inaction on long-term nuclear waste storage, House lawmakers from states with power plants that produce and store the highly radioactive material will tour the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada on Saturday — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 12, 2018 — Shimkus hopes to show fellow House members that Yucca will work — thenevadaindependent.com

    July 09, 2018 — Longtime Yucca Mountain supporter eyes site as funding fight simmers — Congress is set to decide whether to spend money to revive plans for a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. A group of lawmakers will reconcile Yucca Mountain money approved in the House with a lack of funding out of the Senate. The funding debate is unfolding amid a failed effort by Nevada to get a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner to recuse himself from the process — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    July 03,2018 — Congressional delegation to tour Yucca Mountain in Nevada — WASHINGTON: House lawmakers with a vested interest in permanent storage of nuclear waste in Nevada will make a trek to Yucca Mountain this month to tour the mothballed exploratory tunnel in the geological formation northwest of Las Vegas. While the Senate remains reluctant to resume licensing to open the repository, ongoing efforts by the House give supporters of the project hope that the Trump administration can move forward on plans to permanently store the radioactive waste in one of least populous states — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 01, 2018 — Panel learns: Nothing happens fast when it comes to fate of nuke waste — By year’s end, the 58 casks of high-level waste at the site of the shuttered Vermont Yankee plant will either become part of NorthStar Group Services, which seeks to buy the remains of the former nuclear plant to decommission it, or it will remain idle for 60 years under the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s “SAFSTOR” designation — www.recorder.com

    June 12, 2018 — Las Vegas officials vote against reviving Yucca Mountain — For the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Tuesday, it was Yucca Mountain deja vu. Board members unanimously approved a resolution opposing the revival of federal funding for the nuclear waste repository 100 miles from Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 11, 2018 — Nevada wants recusal from NRC member on Yucca Mountain decisions — WASHINGTON — The state of Nevada is asking a regulatory commissioner to recuse himself from any federal decision on Yucca Mountain, citing his past advocacy and public comments critical of local opposition to the controversial project. Nevada filed the formal 89-page request on Thursday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency that would oversee the licensing process of an application by the Department of Energy to build a waste repository at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 07,2018 — Congress could fund Yucca restart next year — The head of Nevada's Nuclear Projects Office said Thursday he doesn't expect Congress to approve funding to re-start licensing of Yucca Mountain this year. But Bob Halstead told the Commission on Nuclear Projects after the first of the year, there's a 90 percent chance of funding to move forward with licensing the nuclear waste dump north of Las Vegas — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

    June 04, 2018 — House to vote on energy spending bill with Yucca Mountain funds — WASHINGTON: A $44.7 billion spending package for energy programs, including the Yucca Mountain project, is scheduled for a vote in the House this week. A Senate version of the bill approved last month does not include spending for Yucca Mountain, setting up an impasse with the House similar to one last year that prevented the project from moving forward — Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 03, 2018 — Congress works to revive long-delayed plan to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON – The federal government’s dormant plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is showing signs of life amid a new push by the Trump administration and some members of Congress to revive the long-delayed project — USA Today

    June 01, 2018 — Appeals court throws out lawsuit over Nevada’s Yucca Mountain — A federal appeals court has tossed out a lawsuit by the state of Texas that sought to force a licensing decision on the proposed nuclear waste storage project at Yucca Mountain. Citing procedural problems with the action, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday granted the state of Nevada’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the suit in March 2017, arguing . . . — Las Vegas Review Journal




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