Moving From Square One on Nuclear Waste
New York Times
By MATTHEW L. WALD
June 7, 2012
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.
“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.’’
Yucca [is] a volcanic structure in the desert about 100 miles from Las Vegas.
Published: June 8th, 2012 at 9:25 am ET