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Situated some 90 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada Yucca Mountain is currently the only site that has been studied in detail for geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel and defense high-level waste.

There are ten (10) designated Affected Units of Local Governments (AULG's) in relative proximity to Yucca Mountain. These AULG's have been granted authority to provide information and public involvement opportunities regarding federal decisions about Yucca Mountain. Accordingly, Eureka County, Nevada [a designated AULG] is the host of YuccaMountain.org. On this website you will find current news clippings, documents, photos, maps, and much more on the history and key issues surrounding the proposed and controversial Yucca Mountain repository project.

Background & Current Status of Yucca Mountain — 2021
In 1982 the United States Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA); the act assigned the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) responsibility for managing the disposal of all spent fuel and high-level waste and it specified in detail a process for siting a deep-mined geologic repository. The NWPA was amended in 1987 to limit site characterization solely to the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada, i.e., the Screw Nevada Bill. In 2008 DOE submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for development of a repository at Yucca Mountain, but stopped work on the repository in 2010 and petitioned the NRC to withdraw the license application. The NRC suspended its review of the application the following year. However, the NRC suspension was reversed by the courts in 2013, and early in 2015, the NRC issued the last of five Safety Evaluation Reports following its review of the license application. Since then, the licensing process for a Yucca Mountain repository has been in limbo while DOE has investigated technical issues associated with alternative geologic disposal options as part of its work on developing a waste management system.

What exists today (2021) at Yucca Mountain: A 5-mile exploratory tunnel, no waste disposal tunnels (Over 40 miles are needed), no waste handling facilities, no state water permit, no license (construction authorization), no railroad and an expired BLM land withdrawal. For more info see our Inside Story webpage.

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