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Is Yucca Mountain Still Dead?: With President Obama allied with Senator Harry Reid of Nevada on stopping the nuc...

As I reported in this article , two states with big volumes of military and civilian nuclear wastes are suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to try to force it to follow the terms of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which called for the development of a waste repository at Yucca Mountain, near Las Vegas. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images An entrance to the scrapped Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada. The commission has discontinued work on evaluating the Energy Department’s onetime plan for a repository there since President Obama decided to kill the project. (The Energy Department has sought to withdraw its application for a license.) Yucca Mountain was chosen by Congress as the repository site in 1987. Its chief backers were senators from other states that were also under consideration as waste sites, including Texas and Washington. Nevada, lacking allies, could not s...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/is-yucca-mounta...

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