07 Jun '12, 5pm

Moving From Square One on Nuclear Waste

The idea that the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada is dead has not gone down well in Congress, where some Republicans are trying to allocate new money to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission so it can revive its evaluation of the site’s suitability. But at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Thursday, some supporters of the civilian power industry said it was time to move on. Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times Casks of spent fuel at the North Anna nuclear plant in Mineral, Va. “Even if Yucca Mountain were open today, we’d still need a second repository very quickly,’’ said Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee and one of the Senate’s foremost backers of nuclear power. “The stuff we have would fill up Yucca Mountain very quickly.’’ The Environment and Public Works’ subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety heard testimony from two members o...

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