As one of the designated affected units of local government, eureka county maintains this website to keep citizens informed about the decisions concerning the potential transportation and disposal of nuclear waste at yucca mountain, nevada. Yucca mountain as a radioactive waste repository usgs. The view from the top of the yucca mountain nuclear waste repository in nevada. Michael voegele will be signing the book he coauthored, waste of a mountain, on saturday, at 1 p. Yucca mountain is the safest spot for nuclear waste. Yucca mountain is debated and passed first in the house of representatives and then more narrowly in the senate. The site of a proposed repository for highlevel radioactive waste from the nations nuclear power plants is not at risk of ground water infiltration, concludes this important book. Yucca mountain, about 90 miles from las vegas, was selected in 1987 as the only site to be considered for a national nuclear waste repository. Sep 09, 2016 former yucca mountain chief scientist dr. Between 1944 and 1989, the us produced plutonium for use in nuclear weapons at the does hanford nuclear reservation in the tricities. It has been proposed that calcite veins near the yucca mountain, nevada, proposed nuclear waste repository site were precipitated from upwelling ground water szymanski, 1989. David howellscorbisgetty images geologist john hartley at the entrance to the yucca mountain nuclear waste repository in nevada.
Yucca mountain archival documents department of energy. Yucca mountain was selected as the site for the nations nuclear waste repository in a process that began in 1982 and ended in 1987 when congress amended the nuclear waste policy act nwpa. Between the two, they are meant to entomb tens of thousands of metric tons of nuclear waste, most of which will remain dangerous for centuries. In july, washington state and south caroline file lawsuit to compel the nrc to resume its consideration of a nuclear waste repository at yucca mountain. The white bullet trains come in and out thrice daily, soundless, only a slight pressing and unpressing of the air. A guided tour inside the proposed later killed yucca mountain nuclear waste repository in nye county, nevada.
May 17, 2006 yucca mountains facilities in the nevada desert are intended to house waste at 1,000 feet deep. The book also describes the history of the united states governments actions that created the firstever quantity of highlevel radioactive waste and then managed it while the government developed. The latest effort push yucca mountain closer to becoming the countrys nuclear waste repository died tuesday. Of three sites investigated for this use, doe has given yucca mountain the greatest consideration. Part of the nato asi series book series asdt, volume 18. Yucca mountain is an ideal site for nuclear disposal the. Potential high level nuclear waste storage site for the next 10,000 years and beyond. Department of energy proposes to do, is neither an urgent necessity nor a rational, longterm solution to the problem of. Over the years, many arguments have been made for and against the use of yucca mountain as a nuclear waste repository. Apr 09, 2002 members spoke to reporters about their opposition to storing nuclear waste material at a location under yucca mountain in nevada and about potential challenges to the presidents announced policy. Yucca mountain project the united states currently obtains. Additional yucca mountain license applicationrelated documents are available through the nuclear regulatory. Includes recent news articles, maps, photos, links, faq, timeline, publications, and legislative information related to the proposed nuclear waste repository at yucca mountain, nevada.
Nuclear waste management has long been a provocative and controversial topic. Yucca mountain, located about 100 miles northwest of las vegas, has been proposed as the site for permanent underground disposal of highlevel radioactive waste. Doe begins work on its application for a license to build and run the repository. In 1982, congress passed the nuclear waste policy act. Will trump and perry revive proposed yucca mountain. Yucca mountain repository nye, nevada atlas obscura. Nuclear waste at yucca mountain is a doomsday button.
The book does not pass judgment on the suitability of the site but provides reliable sciencebased information to support open debate and inquiry into its safety. Trump triggers fight over yucca waste site thehill. Waste of a mountain presents the story of the effort to dispose of spent nuclear fuel. History of yucca mountain project lander county repository.
Yucca mountain nuclear waste repository, nevada bechtel. Yucca mountain, nevadaa proposed geologic repository for. A bechtelled team studied yucca mountain as the site for the united states first national nuclear waste repositorywhere spentfuel rods from nuclear power plants and solidified highlevel radioactive waste from nuclear defense activities could be stored permanently. President bush signs the joint resolution into law, officially designating yucca mountain as the nations nuclear waste repository site. Yucca mountain s characterization as a nuclear waste repository had received questions from the nuclear regulatory commission in comments on the 1988 u. That marathon started in 1987, when congress picked yucca mountain to become the nations permanent repository for nuclear waste generated by utility power plants and the military. The legislation stipulates the significance of geologic and hydrologic conditions in selecting a repository site and mandates the. Jun 18, 2018 the nuclear regulatory commission received an application from the department of energy on june 3, 2008, for a license to construct the nations first geologic repository for highlevel nuclear waste at yucca mountain, nevada. Waste of a mountain presents the story of the effort to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste at yucca mountain, nevada. Supporters and opponents of the proposed yucca mountain nuclear waste site in nevada are ramping up their advocacy efforts in hopes of swaying congress and the trump administration. A new book argues that the nations failure to establish a nuclear waste repository. Funding fight to make yucca mountain nuclear waste site stalls in washington. After an overview of the historical and regulatory context, the contributors investigate.
Yucca mountain approach to nuclear waste results in. Nevadas yucca mountain facility should be used to store. Calls to use yucca mountain as a nuclear waste site, now deemed safe. History of yucca mountain lander county repository. The dump site is directly below this point down ft. Between yucca mountain and the amargosa river lie crater flat cf with its. This place is not a place of honor damn interesting. Yucca mountain and the nations high level nuclear waste. The nuclear regulatory commission has found plans for a repository at yucca mountain technologically feasible and safe. Scientists prepare to debate danger of yucca mountains. Also info on transportation of highlevel radioactive waste. The book also describes the history of the united states governments actions that.
Nuclear regulatory commission nrc, seeking authorization to construct a highlevel waste geologic repository at yucca mountain, nevada. Dont let the window close on a yucca mountain nuclear waste storage deal the south portal of the proposed yucca mountain nuclear waste dump near. Scientists prepare to debate danger of yucca mountains volcanic neighbors. Apr 15, 2015 delaying yucca mountain has also proven very pricey for taxpayers. Yucca mountain is an ideal site for nuclear disposal people walk into the south portal of yucca mountain during a congressional tour of the proposed radioactive waste.
Yucca mountain is a mountain in nevada, near its border with california, approximately 100 miles 160 km northwest of las vegas. The legislation stipulates the significance of geologic and hydrologic conditions in selecting a repository site and mandates the consideration of at least five sites in two or more types. Nevada lawmakers push back on effort to revive nuclear. In accordance with the 1982 nuclear waste policy act, nuclear reactor operators and their customers have been paying taxes on produced waste in exchange for a government guarantee to use the collected revenue to create a safe, longterm repository for the spent nuclear fuel. Dont let the window close on a yucca mountain nuclear. For years, congress has been sharply divided over a nuclear waste repository proposed for yucca mountain in nevada. Western shoshone nation opposes yucca mountain nuclear repository. In gold fame citrus, the yucca mountain, which is located in the deserts of nevada, an hour northwest of las vegas, has officially become a nuclear waste depository. Geological history of yucca mountain nevada and the problem of. Its time for a discussion of yucca mountain nuclear waste. Yucca mountain facility should be used to store nuclear waste. Mar 06, 2009 president obamas proposed budget cuts off most money for the yucca mountain nuclear waste project, filling a promise but raising new questions about what to do with radioactive waste.
Department of energy doe submitted a license application to the u. In his fifth book in a series of volumes on the history of nuclear regulation. A house committee voted overwhelmingly wednesday to advance a bill meant to move along the stalled yucca mountain nuclear waste repository in nevada. Gambling on yucca mountain, author ginsburg, s, abstractnote this document describes the historical aspects of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons usage, and development of the nuclear bureaucracy in the united states, and discusses the selection and siting of yucca mountain, nevada for a federal nuclear waste repository. Welcome to the eureka county yucca mountain information office. From the manhattan project through the designation in 1987 of yucca mountain in nevada as a highlevel waste repository, walker thoroughly investigates the approaches adopted by the u. From the manhattan project through the designation in 1987 of yucca mountain in nevada as a highlevel waste repository, walker.
The book does not pass judgment on the suitability of the site but provides reliable. Jun 25, 2017 yucca mountain is an ideal site for nuclear disposal people walk into the south portal of yucca mountain during a congressional tour of the proposed radioactive waste dump near mercury, nev. Yucca mountain in nevada represents the proposed solution to what has been a lengthy national effort to dispose of highlevel radioactive waste, waste which must be isolated from the biosphere for tens of thousands of years. Washington hosts and oversees the cleanup of nearly twothirds of the nations defenserelated, highlevel radioactive waste at hanford. Bush approved the yucca mountain dump site and in 2008 the energy department submitted an application to the.
However, an appropriations amendment offered by rep. Yucca mountain project the united states currently. Burying nuclear waste deep beneath yucca mountain in nevada, as the u. Yucca mountain nuclear waste repository washington state. Future dim for nuclear waste repository the new york times. Doe internal report, us department of energy, las vegas, nevada.
The road to yucca mountain the development of radioactive waste policy in the united states. Trump budget revives plan to store nuclear waste inside yucca mountain duration. The demise of yucca mountain independent institute. This act proposed to safely dispose of nuclear wastes, bearing in mind the environmental and cultural impacts on native american communities. Congress designated yucca mountain as the location for a national permanent nuclear waste repository back in 1987. The yucca mountain nuclear waste repository, as designated by the nuclear waste policy act amendments of 1987, is a proposed deep geological repository. Nuclear waste storage president bushs recommendation to develop a nuclear waste repository at yucca mountain in nevada was the subject of a december 19, 2001. Former yucca mountain chief scientist signing book on. Geological history of yucca mountain nevada and the problem of a highlevel. This is a very fine book by the longstanding historian of nuclear regulatory commission. Nwpa established a comprehensive policy for permanent geologic disposal of the nations spent fuel and highlevel radioactive waste. Walker explores the evolution of how the government has tried to deal with this issue from the time of the manhattan project in world war ii through the designation in 1987 of yucca mountain in nevada as a waste repository.39 64 1514 817 854 346 1224 205 1122 280 875 1603 672 416 520 1478 576 1533 775 1503 468 1096 1318 697 1184 1392 327 1441 389 538 1172 1266 430 116 285 1190 1095 346 1388