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August 20, 2016 — [ GUEST COLUMN:F By Judy Treichel] Fire could be disaster for train carrying nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain —You turn on the evening news in Las Vegas and the lead story is “Fire raging in the Cajon Pass.”First you wonder whether there are cars and trucks trapped or burning on that heavily traveled section of Interstate 15 that drops steeply from Victorville into San Bernardino. Are people in danger? Then you wonder whether a train was snaking through the pass and also involved in the fire. If so, will the people who live nearby and are threatened by the fire face additional hazards due to the train's cargo? — Las Vegas Sun

Dean Heller August 18, 2016 — Heller predicts new move to build Yucca Mountain after Reid retires — U.S. Sen. Dean Heller thinks there will be a new effort to kick-start the Yucca Mountain Project after one of its most powerful and outspoken opponents, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, leaves office at the end of the year. Heller, speaking at a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, said some members of Congress see the Nevadan's exit as an opportunity to build the high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — RJ.com [Mobil Link]

August 12, 2017 — State nuclear official outlines possible Yucca scenarios — LAS VEGAS: As the U.S. Congress goes back in session in September, Nevada officials are gearing up for next turn in the Yucca Mountain saga. Robert Halstead, director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, outlined some of the possible scenarios for the project's future to the Las Vegas City Council last week. "I think when Congress comes back in September, no one is optimistic about normal appropriations bills passing, but we have had examples in the past where additional funding for a licensing came on a continuing resolution, and I don't expect that to happen before January," Halstead said — By Daria Sokolova Pahrump Valley Times   [Print PDF]

July 26, 2016 — Eureka County Comment Letter to the U.S. Dept. of Energy concerning "fair and effective" consent-based siting process [3 page PDF]

July 12, 2016 — State board approves $2.5M to help Nevada fight Yucca Mountain waste dump plan — CARSON CITY:The [Nevada] state Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved $2.5 million more for Nevada to keep fighting against a proposed high-level nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. The contract with the Virginia legal firm Egan & Associates increases the maximum amount to $7.5 million and extends it through Sept. 30, 2017 — RJ.com [Mobil Link]

July 08, 2016 — YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Shimkus searches for way to jump-start stalled projects Rep. John Shimkus, a top contender for the Energy and Commerce Committee gavel, hopes to unveil a legislative blueprint to advance the long-stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site this Congress. The Illinois Republican acknowledges the legislation won't move right away, but he's taking the long view — eenews.net [Print PDF]

July 07, 2016 — Letter from Nevada Governor Sandoval to the Energy and Commerce Committee — State of Nevada

July 07, 2016 — Congressional Hearing: The Energy and Commerce Committee — Federal, State, and Local Agreements and Associated Benefits for Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal — US House of Representatives

July 07, 2016 — Nevada can't be bribed to take waste at Yucca Mountain, Titus says — Dangling money or other assets in front of Nevada to let the federal government bury the nation's most potent nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain is not an option, Rep. Dina Titus said Wednesday during a hearing on the issue. The Nevada Democrat said she understood the purpose of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington was “to suggest some benefit will accrue to Nevada for hosting nuclear waste generated elsewhere.” — RJ.com [Mobil Link] [Print PDF]

July 07, 2016 — Shame on Nevada leaders who sell out on Yucca Mountain — Some politicians in Congress are grasping at the fantasy of gaining control of Yucca Mountain so their states’ expended–but–still-lethally radioactive nuclear power plant fuel rods can be dumped in Nevada. Their strategy, which will be aired during a congressional hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, is to persuade Nevada politicians to betray their constituents and allow the use of Yucca Mountain’s frail geology as a tomb for the most deadly material known to man — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

July 06, 2016 — Sandoval letter underscores state's Yucca Mountain opposition to House subcommittee — CARSON CITY - Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday reiterated Nevada's steadfast opposition to the construction of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain ahead of a hearing Thursday on the project in Washington, DC. — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

June 30, 2016 — House Panel to Hold Hearing on Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, "Federal, State, and Local Agreements and Economic Benefits for Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal." — U.S Congress

June 30, 2016 — Amodei expects new push for Yucca — With the retirement of Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Mark Amodei says he sees another push to open Yucca Mountain on the horizon. In an interview during last week's congressional recess, he said Illinois Republican John Shimkus is "getting ready to have a hearing on Yucca Mountain" — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

June 19, 2016 — Co-author says new book is not ’pro Yucca Mountain’ — Its title is a double entendre. To critics of the federal effort to entomb the nation’s most potent radioactive material in Yucca Mountain, the newly released book, “Waste of a Mountain,“ snubs the Nevada congressional delegation’s 30-year opposition to hauling and burying the nation’s spent nuclear fuel in a maze of tunnels 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal

June 14, 2016 — Yucca Stalemate Biggest Disappointment at NRC: Commissioner William Ostendorff — I interviewed Commissioner William Ostendorff who is leaving the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the end of the month after serving at the agency since 2010. He's returning to his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, to work as a visiting professor this fall. In the interview, he said one of his greatest disappointments during his tenure has been the administration's decision to stop the license application process for Yucca Mountain as a long-term repository for high-level radioactive waste — bna.com

June 07, 2016 — Reid says Yucca Mountain won’t be revived in his retirement — WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., doesn’t expect to see nuclear waste stored at Yucca Mountain after he retires and leaves the Senate. — Reid, the Senate minority leader, has spent years using his position to prevent the mountain 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas from becoming a nuclear waste storage site. He’s retiring when his term ends after the November election — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

June 07, 2016 — Region briefed on nuclear waste removal — A public meeting was held by town officials and the U.S. Department of Energy to inform citizens of Lincoln County [Main] about the current plans to decide on both interim and final locations for the high–level nuclear waste, currently being housed in dry casks on the former Maine Yankee land. The meeting took place at the Wiscasset Community Center on Friday, June 3. — wiscassetnewspaper.com [Mobil Link]

June 03, 2016 — Meeting [Nevada] Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste — Update on the Activities of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear ProjectsRobert J. Halstead, Executive Director, Agency for Nuclear Projects, Office of the Governor I — LCB Nevada

June 03, 2016 — Reid’s exit will make fighting Yucca Mountain project tougher, ex–governor says — CARSON CITY: Former Nevada Gov. Richard Bryan told a legislative panel on Friday that although the state’s case against Yucca Mountain is strong, keeping the high–level nuclear waste repository at bay will be a challenge with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s departure — Las Vegas Review Journal  [Mobil Link]   [Print PDF]

May 28, 2016 — Rep. Dina Titus critical of congressional effort to push Yucca Mountain project forward — CARSON CITY: It is a riddle for the ages: What is dead but never dies? The answer in Nevada is the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. As a state legislative panel overseeing the moribund Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste repository gets ready to meet later this week, Rep. Dina Titus has criticized a new effort in Congress to move the project forward — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link] [Print PDF:]

May 24, 2016 — Why the debate on Yucca isn’t changing post–Harry Reid — Sen. Harry Reid’s pending retirement has buoyed proponents of establishing Yucca Mountain as a permanent repository for radioactive waste. Yucca is back in the congressional ether this week, as the House is poised to consider a spending bill that would fund a process for licensing the facility and prevent the funding of an alternative. (That provision was one the White House mentioned as it issued a veto threat for the measure last night.) The Senate measure for energy and water would allow for alternative sites, such as the private alternative proposed in Texas — Bloomberg

May 24, 2016— Colorado and nation face 70,000–ton nuclear waste burden — The federal government stepped up efforts to deal with the nation’s growing, heavily guarded stockpiles of nuclear waste Tuesday, convening westerners in Denver to search for a path to a locally accepted site somewhere for deep burial — The Denver Post

May 19, 2016 — DOE Sued for $40M Over Nuclear Waste Storage — Blaming the government for not settling on a nuclear-waste storage scheme, a nuclear energy company has filed a federal complaint to recover $40 million. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 required the U.S. Department of Energy to accept and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste by Jan. 31, 1998, in return for fees paid by owners of such waste . . . CourtHouseNews.com

May 11, 2016 — State: NRC final report on Yucca defective LAS VEGAS – State officials are ready to fight the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s final supplement to the Department of Energy’s environmental impact statement for a proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Director Robert Halstead said the state is ready to challenge “every conclusion” in the 300-page document before the licensing board — By Daria Sokolova, Pahrump Valley Times

May 06, 2016 — NRC issues final Yucca Mountain EIS supplement — The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued its final supplement to the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Yucca Mountain permanent repository for used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in Nevada —world-nuclear-news.org   [Read NRC’s EIS]

May 03, 2016 — Sound off to feds on nuclear waste paralysis — The bad news: The U.S. Department of Energy will not add a Southern California stop to its 8-city national tour, seeking public input on where to stick tons of spent nuclear waste. The good news: The DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy will come to San Juan Capistrano to hear what locals are thinking — ocregister.com

April 28, 2016 — [Calif] State Senate Votes to Urge Federal Government to Pass Interim Nuclear Fuel Storage Bill — California’s State Senate approved a resolution Thursday to urge the federal government to pass a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct temporary interim storage of spent nuclear fuel at facilities away from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a few miles south of San Clemente. The resolution was authored by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel — sanclementetimes.com

April 21, 2016 — Shimkus to NRC: Why No Yucca Funding? — House Energy and Commerce environment subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-Ill.) laid into Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Stephen Burns on Wednesday, demanding to know why his agency did not request any funding in fiscal 2017 for Yucca Mountain licensing activities. “I would be remiss if I didn’t express my dissatisfaction that once more the commission failed to include funding to continue consideration of Yucca Mountain’s license application,“ Shimkus said. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved its energy and water spending bill, which includes $170 million to carry out Yucca Mountain licensing activities — exdchangemonitoru.com

April 20, 2016 — The US Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Musical Chairs With Nuclear Waste — Over the weekend, a giant tank of radioactive sludge in Hanford, Washington, sprung a new leak. It wasn’t the first time, and it likely won’t be the last. Hanford is home to 177 of these decades-old tanks, and workers have been scrambling to shuffle nuclear waste from tank to tank as they become leaky with age. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the current plan for dealing with the US’s dangerous high-level radioactive waste —wired.com

April 15, 2016 — No money for Yucca in new bill — A new Energy and Water Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 that was approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on Wednesday has no money for Yucca Mountain licensing. The approved bill however includes a pilot program for consolidated nuclear waste storage, introduced by senators Lamar Alexander, R–Tenn., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. It also includes language that allows DOE to store nuclear waste at private facilities that are licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — pvtimes.com

August 13, 2016 — Company proposes new nuclear waste storage site in New Mexico — HOBBS: An energy equipment company has taken steps toward opening a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico. Holtec International has submitted a letter of intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its bid to open a $5 billion Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Lea County, the Hobbs News–Sun reported. Holtec is proposing a long-term facility that could have a life span of 100 years. Company officials have said they anticipate initial licensing for the first 40 years — santafenewmexican.com

April 04,2016 — Watchdog: San Onofre should have a say in "consent" nuclear waste disposal, Rep. Issa says — The U.S. Department of Energy is taking baby steps toward figuring out what to do with tons of spent nuclear fuel that have been piling up across America for decades, turning commercial reactors like the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station into makeshift nuclear waste dumps — ocregister.com

April 04, 2016 — Meeting to address storage of spent nuclear waste — The nuclear waste stored at the former Maine Yankee nuclear power plant on Bailey Point, Wiscasset won't be going anywhere soon, although the Department of Energy (DOE) is showing a renewed interest in finding a permanent storage site — wiscassetnewspaper.com

April 01, 2016 — Preserving Yucca licensing oversight sought — Nevada Congressmen Cresent Hardy and Mark Amodei sent a request to a congressional subcommittee to preserve funding for local governments in 10 counties, including Nye, that would be affected by Yucca Mountain if the licensing process moves forward — pvtimes.com

March 25, 2016 — Congressmen still trying to revive Yucca Mountain —Two congressmen are renewing efforts on Yucca Mountain with a letter where they addressed the “obligation” for the Department of Energy to complete licensing for the project pvtimes.com

March 18, 2016 — Supreme Court nominee dissented in Yucca Mountain licensing case — WASHINGTON – Nevadans have a reason to know Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's name beyond the highly charged U.S. Senate debate over whether his nomination should get a hearing, much less a confirmation vote. As chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Garland in 2013 was on the losing side of a 2-1 ruling that ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume licensing for the once-proposed high-level nuclear waste disposal site at Yucca Mountain — reviewjournal.com

February 29, 2016 — House GOP wants probe into Yucca Mountain — House Republicans are asking Congress’ watchdog agency to investigate whether the Energy Department has the ability to complete a key step toward establishing a nuclear waste facility. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who leads the environment subcommittee on the panel, are worried that the Energy Department might not be able to complete its formal application to establish the Yucca Mountain repository — The Hill

February 26, 2016 — DOE proposes sparing Nevada test site from more low–level nuclear waste — A state official on Friday welcomed a new federal report that did not pick the Nevada National Security Site the “preferred alternative” for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste. Instead, the U.S. Department of Energy gave that designation to the Waste Isolation Pilot Project near Carlsbad, N.M., and possibly generic commercial facilities — Las Vegas Review Journal

February 24, 2016 — Alexander Says Ending Nuclear Waste Stalemate Is Critical To Future Of Nuclear Power — Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said in a hearing on the president’s proposed budget for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission it is critical that the U.S. ends the 25-year-old nuclear waste stalemate — chattanoogan.com

The exterior view of the San Onofre power plant. Charlie Neuman January 28, 2016 — Encinitas supports bill to move spent nuclear fuel — Federal legislation to relocate spent nuclear fuel from the shuttered San Onofre power plant has the support of the Encinitas City Council. The Encinitas council on Jan. 27 voted unanimously to approve a resolution backing H.R. 3643, which would let the federal Department of Energy transfer spent nuclear waste at San Onofre and other areas to an interim storage facility — encinitasadvocate.com

January 26, 2016 —US public views sought on waste siting consent — The US Department of Energy (DOE) has invited public comment by 15 June on a consent-based approach to siting facilities for the storage and disposal of used commercial nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste — world-nuclear-news.org [Print PDF]

February 01, 2016 — Evaluation of DOE Research and Development Program on Deep Borehole Disposal of Some Radioactive Waste Is Subject of U.S. NWTRB Report — The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board has released a report to the U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Energy titled, Technical Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy Deep Borehole Disposal Research and Development Program. The report presents the Board’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations related to activities being undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assess the feasibility of deep borehole disposal of some high-level radioactive waste (HLW), including a planned Deep Borehole Field Test to obtain technical information and understanding of critical processes related to deep borehole disposal — NWTRB

January 24, 2016 — Battelle chosen to test storing radioactive waste underground — For decades, the United States has produced nuclear energy and made weapons, creating nearly 100,000 metric tons of waste. So far, most of that waste has been stored mainly at the sites where it was created — Dispatch.com

January 21, 2016 — DOE Tries To Change The Rules On Nuclear Waste Disposal — The United States Department of Energy is trying to change the rules on nuclear waste disposal – for the better. Instead of the old top–down decision-making, DOE is going to implement a consent–based strategy. This means that instead of ordering some individual state like Nevada to take all of the Nation’s high level nuclear waste, whether they like it or not, we’ll instead ask “Who would like to take this waste? It will create fantastic jobs, will bring huge economic benefit to the region and, contrary to popular opinion, it’s safer than putting in a Mall.” — Forbes [Print PDF]

January 05, 2016 — HOUSE: Shimkus, Barton eye Energy and Commerce gavel . . . Shimkus, who is well-known for pushing to advance the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, said his experience goes far beyond stumping for the Nevada project — eenews.net

January 04, 2016 — Reid to host dinner party for 3 Demo presidential hopefuls . . . Reid said one advantage of Nevada's new place of prominence is that candidates have had to articulate their stance on the Yucca Mountain Project, a plan to store the nation's high-level nuclear waste in a repository about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. The proposed waste site has been a point of contention for decades. Reid has been one of the state's fiercest opponents of the project. Noting that Yucca Mountain is "basically gone," Reid said multiple times, "There's nothing there now." — rj.com

January 02, 2016 — New maps show possible routes for nuclear waste transport — Anti-nuclear groups are identifying the types of transportation needed to haul nuclear waste across the Great Lakes region if a national waste storage site in Nevada wins federal approval. They are adding state-specific details to U.S. Department of Energy maps to show where barges could move waste across Lake Michigan and where trucks and trains could move it across the region — PetoskeyNews.com

December 23, 2015 — Invitation for Public Comment To Inform the Design of a Consent–Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities — The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) is implementing a consent–based siting process to establish an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of commercial spent nuclear fuel and high level defense radioactive waste. In a consent–based siting approach, DOE will work with communities, tribal governments and states across the country that express interest in hosting any of the facilities identified as part of an integrated waste management system. As part of this process, the Department wants public input on implementing this system. In order to solicit public feedback, DOE is submitting this Invitation for Public Comment (IPC). Through this IPC, we are requesting feedback from communities, states, Tribes, and other interested stakeholders on how to design a consent–based siting process. In addition, the Department intends to host a series of public meetings to engage communities and discuss the development of a consent–based approach to managing our nation’s nuclear waste — US DOE [Print PDF]

Photo by James Marvin Phelps December 21, 2015 — Finding Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste — Today, the Department of Energy is taking a critical step toward the development of a consent-based approach to siting future nuclear waste management facilities as part of a strategy for the long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The launch of our consent-based siting initiative represents an important step toward addressing this nuclear waste management challenge, so that we can continue to benefit from nuclear technologies. Today’s step forward follows Secretary Moniz’s announcement in March 2015 that DOE would move forward with the development of a separate repository for defense waste — US DOE

Las Vegas Review Journal December 21, 2015 —Consent-based' siting process for nuclear waste started — WASHINGTON: With Yucca Mountain mothballed as a nuclear waste repository, the U.S. Energy Department on Monday launched a "consent-based" siting process to ensure that communities, tribes and states are comfortable with the location of future storage and disposal sites before they are constructed. Exactly how the process will work has not been determined. The Energy Department plans to flesh out the approach in the next year and is asking for public comment to make it "fair and effective" — Las Vegas Review Journal

December 18, 2015 — Reid keeps new Yucca Mountain funding at bay — WASHINGTON: Congress on Friday approved a massive spending bill for the fiscal year that included no new funding for Yucca Mountain to the delight of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The bill, which was approved 65-33, includes $1.1 trillion in funding needed to keep federal agencies functioning through the fiscal year but not a dime extra for the Department of Energy to spend on the Yucca program — Las Vegas Review Journal

December 11, 2015 — IRRADIATED: The hidden legacy of 70 years of atomic weaponry: At least 33,480 Americans dead — Will the nation's new nuclear age yield more unwanted fallout? — JACKSON, S.C. Byron Vaigneur watched as a brownish sludge containing plutonium broke through the wall of his office on Oct. 3, 1975, and began puddling four feet from his desk at the Savannah River nuclear weapons plant in South Carolina — Mcclatchydc.com

December 09, 2015 — State and county at odds over NRC report on Yucca — The State of Nevada and Nye County are on opposite sides over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission report that said a proposed nuclear waste repository about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas would present "only a negligible increase" in health risks from radionuclides that might leak into groundwater — PvTimes.com

November 20, 2015— Comments, State of Nevada: Yucca Mountain Supplement to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Radioactive Waste — NUREG-2184, Docket ID NRC-2015-0051 [PDF 100 Pages]
Press Story — AP

November 19, 2015 — Nuclear Waste Peddlers Still Pushing Yucca Mountain Dump — Some Congressional Rep's -- carrying bags of money from the nuclear industry -- want to resurrect the cancelled Yucca Mountain dump project for high-level radioactive waste, 90 miles from Las Vegas. I've presented Yucca's shortcomings before, but Congress needs a refresher and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is taking public comments on Yucca's Draft Supplemental EIS until Nov. 20. — Huntingtonews.net [Print PDF]

November 11, 2015 — Inyo Supervisors updated on Yucca Mountain repository — nyo County Supervisors Matt Kingsley and Jeff Griffiths spent a week in Washington, D.C. and came back with the news that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste crypt may still be built in Nevada 17 miles from the county border over an aquifer that day lights in Death Valley near Tecopa/Shoshone — SierraWave.net

November 10, 2015 — Eureka County Comments on Draft Supplement to EIS for Yucca Mountain Repository (NUREG-2184, August 2015) Docket ID NRC 20150051) (PDF - 3 pages) — Eureka County

October 30, 2015 — Groups cry foul over possible nuke-waste routes — Much of the nation's spent nuclear fuel used to generate electricity might go through Grand Junction by road or by rail on its way to Yucca Mountain in Nevada, according to Nevada consultants hoping to fend off efforts to reconsider using the site — gjsentinel.com

October 28, 2015 — GOP explores way around Obama's nuclear waste decision — Republicans are looking for a side door to open the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, after President Obama scrapped the project in his first term. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., ran an energy subcommittee hearing Wednesday on low-level nuclear waste, but wants the Department of Energy to broaden discussions it is having with Nevada to include opening a storage facility at Yucca for higher-level nuclear fuel waste from power plants — Washington Examiner

October 27, 2015 — Dump blasts feed concerns about Yucca Mountain — Yucca Mountain Project opponent Richard Bryan said Tuesday he was "stunned" when he watched a video of small explosions that followed more powerful ones Oct. 18 at a low-level nuclear waste dump near Beatty. He said explosions and fire at the now-closed, state-owned landfill at the US Ecology site that shut down a 140-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 95 for nearly 24 hours added to his concerns for federal plans to haul 77,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel assemblies and high-level waste to Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal

October 27, 2015 — Stop Fukushima Freeways launches campaign against Yucca Mountain —The U.S. has more than 70,000 tons of highly radioactive ‘spent” fuel rods being stored at nuclear plants across the nation, including at Florida Power& Light's plants in Miami-Dade and St. Lucie counties. With Congress considering reviving a plan to transport the nuclear waste to be stored in Nevada's Yucca Mountain, Tuesday a group of organizations launched a campaign called “Stop Fukushima Freeways.” — /protectingyourpocket.blog

October 22, 2015 — Jeb Bush, campaigning in Nevada, suggests Texas for potential nuclear dump — WASHINGTON – Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush suggested the dry, open spaces of New Mexico or his native Texas as a possible location for a permanent national nuclear waste dump, reviving a controversy that has percolated for years in the Lone Star State — HustonChronicle.com

October 09, 2015 — Former Idaho governor sues U.S. Department of Energy over nuclear waste plan — Salmon, Idaho A former Idaho governor is suing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over its plan to ship spent fuel from out-of-state commercial nuclear reactors to a laboratory in the state, claiming the shipment could endanger drinking water. Former governor Cecil Andrus, who served four terms, has said that DOE is withholding crucial details about the plan because in its response to his Freedom of Information Act query, documents related to the proposal are mostly redacted. The lawsuit seeks a court order to make public the unredacted records — rcac.org

October 09, 2015 — Rubio supports storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that Yucca Mountain should be the place to store the nation's high–level nuclear waste in the absence of a better alternative. The GOP presidential candidate from Florida visited with the Review–Journal editorial board Friday. He was on the second of three days of campaign events in Southern Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal

Joe Kennedy, left, of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe, and Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte listen to a speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, during a Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel meeting in Las Vegas about the Yucca Mountain Project. Keith Rogers/Las Vegas Review-Journal September 26, 2015 — American Indians accuse NRC of 'environmental racism' The feds call it "environmental justice." Western Shoshones say it's really "environmental racism." Whatever words apply, a challenge by American Indian tribes on that subject in the latest Nuclear Regulatory Commission report for disposing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain could slam the brakes on the project. — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

September 16, 2015 — Debate resumes in Las Vegas about Nevada nuclear dump idea — LAS VEGAS: The debate resumed Tuesday in Nevada about the possibility of radioactive contamination of the underground water supply from a proposed national nuclear waste repository in the desert near where nuclear weapons tests were conducted for decades — AP

September 15, 2015 — Nevadans question report on Yucca health risks — The federal Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project that's been presumed dead for five years still has a pulse. And Nevadans for the most part are still fired up to keep it from rising from its ashes. About 80 people showed up Tuesday night at a public meeting to discuss a draft report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [Mobil Link]
Related Information — Gov. Sandoval Comment Letter to NRC regarding NUREG-2184 [2 Page PDF]

September 09, 2015 — NUCLEAR WASTE: DOE takes first steps toward a post-Yucca future — A Department of Energy team has begun crafting strategies for reaching out to communities that might accept and store nuclear waste. "The team is actively developing plans and performing technical analysis of various components of an integrated waste management system, as well as evaluating the Department's next steps in the consent-based siting process," a DOE spokesman confirmed in an email. The team was created as part of a plan outlined by the Obama administration two years ago . . . eenews.net

September 08, 2015 — Nevada hires state's former Yucca attorney as consultant — CARSON CITY: The state Board of Examiners on Tuesday hired a former chief deputy attorney general under a $300,000 contract to continue Nevada's efforts to fight the location of a nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain. Marta Aams, who retired from the state attorney general's office at the end of July, will return to the office as a consultant earning $200 an hour to help stop the repository. The $300,000 is the maximum amount of the contract over two years. Adams had represented Nevada in all matters involving the controversial nuclear waste program since 1998 — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [Mobil Link]

STEVE MARCUS - Las Vegas Sun September 07, 2015 — People who live closest to Yucca Mountain weigh in on whether to build nuclear waste dump — In her mobile home in the Timbisha Village in Death Valley, Pauline Esteves remembers the mushroom clouds and white light ripping across the eastern sky. A lifelong resident of the cracked desert, she had a front-row view of many of the 928 above–and below–ground nuclear blasts that cratered the earth at the Nevada Test Site. The explosions were her first connections to federal nuclear projects — but not her last. Today, she worries the federal government will place a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun [Mobil Link]

September 03, 2015 — DOE's trash is Nev. town's treasure — PAHRUMP, Nev. – The town museum displays federal government discards under fluorescent lighting in its back room. The collection of plastic models of nuclear fuel assemblies, yellowed maps and videos at the Pahrump Valley Museum tells the story of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project – under study since 1978, authorized by Congress in 1987 and kicked to the curb by the Obama administration in 2009. But some Pahrump civic leaders won't let the administration trash the project or its artifacts. They see Yucca Mountain – an approximate 60–mile desert drive from here — as an economic engine for this town of 36,000 people and financially strapped Nye County — eenews.net

The crest of Yucca Mountain - by DOE August 30, 2015 — Is Yucca Mountain back on the table? — This month, a long-debated proposal for a controversial nuclear dumping site [view proposed design] took a small step forward. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a report examining potential groundwater contamination from burying the toxic remnants of nuclear energy production under Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The report found that leakage from the site, a desert ridge 100 miles west of Las Vegas, would likely have only small impacts on cancer rates or hereditary diseases in humans and minimal impacts on the downstream environment — High Country News [Print PDF]

August 29, 2015 — Nuclear waste Faff and fallout [The next president will have to decide what to do about radioactive waste] — AFTER the baking heat of a Virginia summer, the spent fuel pool at Surry Nuclear Power station, which sits on the James river in the south-east of the state, looks almost worth jumping into. That would be unwise. Some 25 feet below the surface of the clear blue water, the tops of radioactive fuel assemblies glisten — The Economist [Print PDF]

August 23, 2015 — Yucca Mountain repository hearings announced — WASHINGTON: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday announced two public meetings in Nevada to discuss the latest environmental report on the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. A Sept. 15 meeting is set for the Embassy Suites Convention Center at 3600 Paradise Road in Las Vegas. On Sept. 17, the commission will hear comments at the Amargosa Community Center, 821 E. Amargosa Farm Road, in Amargosa Valley. Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m., the agency said. The agency is collecting public comment on the supplemental environmental report released this month on the proposed nuclear waste site 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

August 20, 2015 — Supplement to the U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada, Draft Report For Comment (NUREG-2184) — The NRC

August 14, 2015 — State disagrees with Yucca Mountain study — LAS VEGAS: A key study in a series leading to licensing hearings for the long–stalled Yucca Mountain national nuclear waste dump in Nevada finds what the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is calling a small chance that radioactive contamination could get into the environment. A Nevada state official said Friday he'll challenge the NRC findings about the proposed Yucca Mountain project on technical and legal grounds — AP [Print PDF]
[Related Information — Senator Harry’s Reid Statement On The NRC’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement For Yucca Mountain]

August 13, 2015 — NRC report says Yucca Mountain project wouldn't be much of a health risk — WASHINGTON: An environmental report issued Las Vegas Review JournalThursday threw another log on the fire over the controversial Yucca Mountain project. Staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in the draft study that a nuclear waste repository at the Nevada site would yield "only a negligible increase" in health risk from radioactive particles that might leak into groundwater. The study said the environmental impact from potential contaminants would be small compared to normal background radiation. The nuclear safety agency plans public hearings in Washington and Nevada next month on the draft.

The 173-page report, a supplement to an earlier Department of Energy study, triggered the latest scuffle between Yucca supporters and opponents — RJ.com  [PDF]  [Mobil Link]

August 10, 2015 — Japan’s Yucca Mountain: Nuclear Reboot Raises Questions on Waste Storage — In the face of concerns about Japan’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and natural gas, the Abe Administration has been working to reboot segments of the nuclear energy program over the past year. According to World Nuclear News, the Kyushu Electric Power Company is expected to complete the restart of the Sendai 1 nuclear reactor this August, which will reintroduce nuclear power to Japan’s electric grid for the first time since 2013 — TheDiplomat.com

RJ.com August 03, 2015 — Industry push on Yucca Mountain troubles allies — WASHINGTON – The nuclear industry is adopting a more aggressive stance on Yucca Mountain, a shift that may complicate efforts to reach a compromise on the thorny issue of high-level radioactive waste. A list of "legislative principles" proposed by the Nuclear Energy Institute is just the latest twist as lawmakers debating nuclear waste policy try to determine a role, if any, for the mothballed Nevada site — Las Vegas Review Journal
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July 23, 2015 — Reid, Heller introduce bill creating more Yucca hurdles — In his final months in office, Senate Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid is doubling down on his opposition to a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain — and he's reaching across the aisle to enlist the support of Nevada's Republican senator to do it. Reid and Heller have introduced a bill, S. 1825, that would prevent the federal Department of Energy from making payments for transporting nuclear waste through Nevada without receiving the consent of the governor, local officials and tribal leaders. It's a companion to another recent bill the two are working on that would require similar sign–offs for the construction of a nuclear repository at the long–controversial site — Las Vegas Sun

July 17, 2015 — The Plan for Storing US Nuclear Waste Just Hit a Roadblock — AMERICA'S FAVORITE PROBLEM to ignore — what to do with radioactive waste — just got worse. Since 1987, the grand (and controversial) idea was to put it all in one place, a series of tunnels deep below Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Well, last week America got three new national monuments, including the 704,000 acres of the Basin and Range National Monument. And guess what? The train that was supposed to carry all that nuclear guck to Yucca Mountain runs right through it. "It's another nail in the coffin for Yucca Mountain," says Timothy Frazier, a former Department of Energy official who now works on nuclear waste for the Bipartisan Policy Center. "It certainly adds time, and would require more money to resolve." — Wired.com

July 11, 2015 — Why new national monument could derail plans for nuke dump at Yucca President Barack Obama's designation Friday of a portion of rural Nevada as a national monument apparently creates a roadblock for a nuclear dump 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas at Yucca Mountain. "This is the final nail in the coffin,"said Robert Halstead, executive director of the state Agency for Nuclear Projects, regarding the Energy Department's plans to transport waste from Caliente to the dump via railroad. He said the proposed 300-mile route of the railroad would go through the newly created Basin and Range National Monument, which is 700,000 acres of mountains and valleys about two hours from Las Vegas that feature "rock art" dating back 4,000 years — Las Vegas Sun
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July 01, 2015 — Texas Weighs Waste — Nuclear waste is not popular in any neighborhood. In West Texas, there's a battle underway over a plan to create a above ground storage facility for high level waste. Its a bigger problem than West Texas - the nation's nuclear power plants are quickly running out of room to store the waste — InsideEnergy.org

June 24, 2015 — NUCLEAR WASTE: Appropriations impasse poses hurdle for Yucca Mountain backers — The Senate's appropriations standoff may cause some collateral damage to congressional efforts to revive Yucca Mountain as the resting place for high–level nuclear waste. While the House–passed Energy and Water Development spending bill contains $150 million in funding for Yucca Mountain in fiscal 2016, the Senate's $35.4 billion version doesn't include additional funds for the site, which the Obama administration opposes — eenews.net

June 21, 2015 — Guy W. Farmer: Is Yucca Mountain dead? — Is the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste suppository — excuse me, repository — really dead? Or is it still on life support? Those were the questions USA Today attempted to answer in a recent article headlined, "Yucca Mountain Lurches Back." So let's examine the current status of this highly toxic project. According to the national newspaper, the nuclear waste storage project "has either been 'revived,' or it's 'coming off the mat,' or it's back on the agenda." I'll give you yet another option: It's still dead or dying — Nevada Appeal

June 19, 2015 — Culberson County Supports Nuclear Waste Plan, Judge Says — Though he said he is not prepared either to "rubber stamp" the proposal or to "veto it immediately," Culberson County Judge Carlos Urias said Monday (June 15) that he believes a majority of elected officials and county residents support a plan to make the county the destination for the nation's spent nuclear fuel — hudspethcountyherald.com

Las Vegas Review Journal June 17, 2015 — New Yucca Mountain plan surfaces in Congress — WASHINGTON: A proposal that surfaced in Congress this week aims to spur a revival of the Yucca Mountain project, providing necessary land and water rights to build out the site if federal officials find that nuclear waste can be buried safely inside. No member of Congress yet has stepped forward to take authorship of the proposal. A one–page summary of key provisions was reported Tuesday by Environment& Energy Publishing and later confirmed by the Las Vegas Review–Journal. Sources said limited copies of the legislation itself have been shared on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Energy. Plans for House hearings were tentatively eyed for next week but have been postponed until later this summer — Las Vegas Review Journal
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June 17, 2015 — Two steps forward on US nuclear waste storage Tracing the U.S. government's development path for a long-term used nuclear fuel storage solution looks more like a stumbling stagger than a focused beeline, but with just two steps, the country now has a clear line of sight to meaningful progress. The $27 billion stagger — TheHill.com [Download PDF]

June 11, 2015 — How safe is safe enough? Half-measures and half-lives —technicianonline.com


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