December 27, 2000 -- DOE lacks funds for Test Site nuke storage If Congress next year approves temporarily storing nuclear waste in Nevada, the Department of Energy won't have funds for developing a storage facility at the Test Site. The DOE had $85 million of taxpayers' money tucked away in the Defense Department fund to pay for temporary high-level nuclear waste storage near Yucca Mountain, the nation's only site under study as a permanent radioactive waste dump -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- December 26, 2000 --Waste storage plan called risky Two proposals would bring spent fuel to Nevada If the Energy Department implements a plan to store high-level nuclear waste above ground outside Yucca Mountain while a permanent repository is being built, the health of Nevada residents would be at risk, state officials say. The DOE is weighing storing nuclear waste above ground near Yucca Mountain to save money on a permanent repository at Yucca now estimated at $58 billion, the Las Vegas Sun has learned - By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- December 20, 2000 -- Nevada lawmakers call for investigation of waste site memo WASHINGTON — Nevada’s congressional delegation went on the offensive Tuesday, calling for an independent investigation into a scientific study of a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain and challenging a candidate for George W. Bush’s cabinet. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and other Nevada lawmakers said they will ask congressional investigators to probe allegations that contractors compromised an evaluation of whether Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is a suitable site to store the nation’s nuclear waste -- WIRE REPORTS
- December 19, 2000 -- Leaked Memo Reveals DOE’s Bias for Establishing a Radioactive Waste Dump; Congressional Investigation Demanded WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Public Citizen, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and members of Nevada’s congressional delegation called Tuesday for a federal investigation into the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) attempt to help the nuclear industry win approval for a nuclear waste dump in Nevada. The group also requested Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to immediately disqualify the site from consideration
- December 16, 2000 -- Gov calls for investigation over federal yucca Mountain bias Gov. Kenny Guinn wants to know who "troublesome and objectionable" portions of a Department of Energy report on the Yucca Mountain project. The draft overview report included comments that it contains "information that potential supporters can use in expressing support for a site recommendation." It also stated that the technical suitability of Yucca Mountain is of less concern than whether the nuclear waste problem can be solved affordably "in both Financial and political terms" -- By Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal (Carson City, Tahoe.com)
- December 15, 2000 -- Nuke panel urges state to veto Yucca rulings The Commission on Nuclear Projects today recommended that the Nevada Legislature adopt a resolution to veto any congressional decision to make Yucca Mountain a high-level nuclear waste repository -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- December 14, 2000 -- DOE loses court appeal, still liable for not taking nuke waste The U.S. Department of Energy lost an appeal in federal court that leaves the agency liable for billions of dollars in damages for failing to take nuclear waste on time. Without comment, the court on Tuesday denied the DOE's request to rehear the case, brought by three New England nuclear power companies - By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- December 14, 2000 -- Yucca official: DOE still objective WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department's top Yucca Mountain administrator, Ivan Itkin, today stressed that he is confident an inspector general's investigation would prove the DOE's objective stance on the controversial nuclear waste dump had not been compromised by a recently surfaced unauthorized memo -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- December 13, 2000 -- DOE begins probe of Yucca contractor Bill Richardson launched an inspector general's probe Tuesday into whether a Yucca Mountain Project contractor compromised a scientific report, a move that Sen. Richard Bryan said will delay decisions concerning whether the site is suitable to entomb the nation's highly radioactive waste -- Las Vegas Review-Journal
- December 13, 2000 -- Prosecution possible in Yucca probe
A federal probe of the Department of Energy's bias against Nevada in the selection of a high-level nuclear waste dump could
wind up in the hands of the Justice Department. "I think it could very well go to the Justice Department for criminal violations," Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the Sun this
morning. "The contractor for the DOE was paid hundreds of millions of dollars by the DOE to do a fair and objective study of Yucca Mountain, and it didn't do it."
- December 12, 2000 -- State legislators join outcry against DOE CARSON CITY -- Nevada lawmakers are condemning the Energy Department's behind-the-scenes efforts to promote Yucca Mountain as the nation's high-level nuclear waste dump -- By Cy Ryan and Jeff German LAS VEGAS SUN
- December 08, 2000 -- Reid asks for DOE Yucca probe Nevada Sen. Harry Reid today formally requested an internal Department of Energy investigation into whether federal laws were violated in the drafting of a report that recommends Yucca Mountain as the nation's high-level nuclear waste dump -- By Jeff German (Las Vegas Sun)
- December 06, 2000 -- Internal DOE probe urged Nevada Sen. Harry Reid plans to ask the Department of Energy's inspector general to investigate whether criminal laws were violated in the drafting of a report that recommends Yucca Mountain as the nation's high-level nuclear waste dump -- By Jeff German (Las Vegas Sun)
- December 05, 2000 -- DOE blames contractor for memo Top Department of Energy officials have distanced themselves from a memo in a draft copy of a Yucca Mountain site study that links the DOE to the nuclear waste industry -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- December 5, 2000 -- Our View: Yucca's cover is blown Anybody still harboring hope that the decision whether to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain will be decided on scientific merits need only read this -- Nevada Appeal
- December 04, 2000 -- Guinn considers taking DOE to court Gov. Kenny Guinn said this morning he was considering going to court to stop the Department of Energy from collaborating with the nuclear industry to make Yucca Mountain the site of the nation's high-level nuke waste dump -- By Jeff German (Las Vegas Sun)
- December 02, 2000 -- Editorial: Sky's the limit for DOE bias The Department of Energy has long maintained that it has assessed, with strict objectivity, Nevada's suitability to store high-level
nuclear waste. But most Nevadans have dismissed such claims, noting how the federal agency routinely refuses to seriously consider evidence that suggests a repository couldn't possibly store -- at least safely -- 77,000 tons of high-level waste -- Las Vegas Sun
- December 02, 2000 -- YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Senators outraged by comments Scientists for a Yucca Mountain Project contractor jumped to conclusions when they stated in a draft report that the volcanic-rock ridge is a suitable place for storing the nation's highly radioactive waste, government officials said Friday -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- December 01, 2000 -- Yucca Mountain May Store Waste LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Department of Energy has been working behind the scenes with the nuclear industry to recommend that high-level nuclear waste be stored at Yucca Mountain, the Las Vegas Sun reported Friday -- Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)
- December 01, 2000 -- DOE wants Yucca: Secret report obtained by Sun shows agency has picked site with science incomplete; senators cry foul The Department of Energy has been collaborating behind the scenes with the nuclear industry to prepare a public report that will recommend Yucca Mountain as the site for the nation's high-level nuclear waste repository, secret DOE documents show -- By Jeff German and Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 30, 2000 -- Legality of Yucca recommendation questioned The way the U.S. Department of Energy plans to recommend Yucca Mountain as a high-level nuclear waste repository to the president and Congress next year could be illegal, a Clark County consultant said -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 21, 2000 -- Scientists will study how to reverse Yucca plan if need be An independent scientific panel is reviewing a process that would allow federal officials to pull the plug on a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain at any time they feel the project is not safe -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 20, 2000 -- Professor suggests studying safety of Yucca barriers RENO -- A University of Michigan professor criticized the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's reliance on a complicated mathematical analysis to assess the safety of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, saying it can be misleading -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 17, 2000 -- Scientist warns of volcano threat to Yucca RENO -- The greatest radiation risk to people for the 1,000 years after a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is sealed would come from volcanoes, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission consultant said Thursday -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 17, 2000 -- Official: Agencies colluding The Nuclear Regulatory Commission made clear at this week's annual Geological Society of America meeting in Reno that it is an independent agency -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- November 16, 2000 -- DOE: Flaws could end Yucca project RENO -- Department of Energy scientists said Wednesday they would stop work on a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain if they uncover a major problem -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 16, 2000 -- Editorial: Full-steam ahead is wrong for dump Two UNLV scientists said this week that within the past 2 million years, hot water deep beneath the surface has not risen to where a proposed nuclear waste repository would be buried inside Yucca Mountain -- Las Vegas Sun
- November 15, 2000 -- Scientist casts doubt on Yucca: Fault deposits suggest flooding could occur RENO -- A Nuclear Regulatory Commission consultant cast doubt Tuesday on the geologic safety of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 15, 2000 -- Russian scientists add fuel to Yucca dispute RENO -- A pair of Russian scientists consulting for the state on Tuesday added a new twist to the lingering dispute between Nevada and federal geologists over how minerals formed in Yucca Mountain, a key issue in determining whether the mountain is fit to store nuclear waste -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- November 15, 2000 -- NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL: Scientists say Yucca site safe RENO -- Scientists weighing the uncertainties of entombing highly radioactive waste inside Yucca Mountain said Tuesday they are confident the site is safe despite doubts by others that the mountain's reaction after thousands of years can't be predicted -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- November 14, 2000 -- UNLV scientists back DOE on Yucca safety: Study says site is dry enough to house waste RENO -- No deep, hot water has reached a potential high-level radioactive dumpsite at Yucca Mountain in the past 2 million years, a UNLV study released today says -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 14, 2000 -- Big Yucca contract awarded The Department of Energy announced today that the Bechtel-Scientific Applications International Corp. won the operating contract for the Yucca Mountain Project -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 13, 2000 -- Nuclear dump foes hope for allies in new Congress Nevada lawmakers may have picked up a few allies on Election Night in their battle against nuclear waste -- By Benjamin Grove and Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- November 03, 2000 -- EPA chief says Yucca Mountain standards in works Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner said Thursday her agency is fine-tuning its proposed standards for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain but is not ready to make a final decision as the election approaches -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- October 31, 2000 -- Elko County could figure prominently in nuke train routes ELKO, Nev. (AP) - One of the railroad routes considered for shipping radioactive waste to a proposed nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain would send most all the materials through Elko and Eureka counties, state officials say -- Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)
- October 30, 2000 -- Elko warned about nuclear waste routes The state agency recently sent a letter to Elko County Manager George Boucher explaining the potential routes and impact to counties, such as Elko, that are not being currently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the federal agency responsible for the project -- By Gary Begin (Elko Daily Free Press)
- October 30, 2000 -- Berkley seeks more public Yucca hearings WASHINGTON -- Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., is seeking more public comment time in the approval process for Yucca Mountain, the federal government's proposed nuclear waste burial site -- Las Vegas Sun
- October 28, 2000 -- Senate races may decide fate of Yucca dumpsite WASHINGTON -- Election Day is fast approaching and Nevada officials are eagerly eyeing 10 or so of the nation's closest Senate races -- expensive, high-stakes battles that ultimately could shape nuclear waste legislation next year -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- October 28, 2000 -- With all seats up for grabs, House effect on nuke vote tough to call WASHINGTON -- How will the hotly contested House races nationwide affect a vote on a nuclear waste bill next year? -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- October 28, 2000 -- House speaker reiterates support for Yucca Mountain waste dump RENO - Another top Republican in Congress is sounding off again in support of building a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain -- Associated Press (Nevada Appeal)
- October 06, 2000 -- NRC Deems Nuclear Waste Site Safe SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A plan by American Indians to lease reservation land to a consortium of electric utilities for disposing nuclear waste was deemed safe on Friday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)
- October 02, 2000 -- Editorial: Bush's missive falls short Gov. George W. Bush, after months of prodding, finally has provided some specifics regarding his views on nuclear waste storage. In a letter last week to Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn, the GOP presidential nominee said he would veto any legislation that would create an interim nuclear waste repository in Nevada -- (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 29, 2000 -- Yucca Mountain Project: Budget cuts may delay license WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy still hopes to begin storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain by 2010, though budget cuts could delay a license application, a department official said Thursday -- By Tony Batt (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- September 29, 2000 -- Bush says he'd veto Yucca as interim site CARSON CITY -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush says that if elected president he would veto any bill to send nuclear waste to an interim storage site in Nevada -- By Cy Ryan (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 27, 2000 -- Guinn moves to cut off feds' water CARSON CITY - To head off an "end run" by the Department of Energy to get water to build the nation's nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain, Gov. Kenny Guinn is proposing a fine of $1 million a gallon if the federal government tries to truck in water from out of state or other parts of Nevada -- By Cy Ryan (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 27, 2000 -- Governor says no water for Nevada nuke dump Gov. Kenny Guinn says Nevada should prohibit the use of water for any nuclear waste storage site in the state and fine the Department of Energy $1 million a gallon for any violation -- By Geoff Dornan (Nevada Appeal)
- September 26, 2000 -- State lauds court win on Yucca water rights State officials and Nevada's congressional delegation cheered getting the home court advantage in a fight to keep a nuclear waste repository out of Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 25, 2000 -- Editorial: Deadlines can yield doomsday Last week a Nuclear Regulatory Commission's advisory committee was told that the Department of Energy may start as early as next year the construction of a high-level nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain -- even before it's been determined whether Yucca Mountain is safe to store 77,000 tons of nuclear waste -- (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 22, 2000 -- State to decide Yucca water case: U.S. judge refuses to hear DOE request for rights Nevada won a major victory Thursday in the battle to keep highly radioactive waste from being stored at Yucca Mountain when a federal judge tossed a key decision back to a state court -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 21, 2000 -- Scientists disagree on bomb fallout at Yucca Two Department of Energy laboratories cannot agree on whether 50-year-old radioactive fallout from bomb testing is present inside Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 20, 2000 -- Permanent Yucca work could start before it is licensed The Department of Energy may begin building an unprecedented high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain before scientific evidence proves that it is safe to license, an advisory committee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was told Tuesday -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 20, 2000 -- Nevada consultant warns of nuclear risks A Nevada consultant warned a Nuclear Regulatory Commission advisory panel Tuesday that the Energy Department is on course to submit a license application for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository that won't fully address public safety -- Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 20, 2000 -- Gore take stands on Nevada issues Vice President Al Gore has taken stands this week on two issues important in Nevada - plans for a interim nuclear waste storage facility and the proposed ban on college sports betting -- By Geoff Dornan (Nevada Appeal)
- September 15, 2000 -- Reid criticizes nuke commission over Yucca reference WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., blasted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday for intimating that the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site is a done deal -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 13, 2000 -- Nuke waste prompts legislative action CARSON CITY (AP) - An increased amount of low-level nuclear waste is being shipped to the Nevada Test Site for storage, and that worries some state legislators -- Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 12, 2000 -- Official details cancer risks of nuke shipments High-level nuclear waste shipments to a proposed repository at Yucca Mountain would cause about 400 people nationwide to die from cancers over 34 years because of exposure to radiation, a state transportation consultant told a national scientific panel Monday -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 08, 2000 -- Berkley calling for more Yucca research Molecular biologist Jacob Paz has raised questions about the safety of containers that would be used to contain high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, prompting Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., to call for more research -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 08, 2000 -- Nuclear waste survey misleading, Bryan says A survey gauging public perception of risk created by storing nuclear waste in Nevada is raising eyebrows even before the results are tallied -- By Benjamin Grove and Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- September 08, 2000 -- Funding ends for ads for tours of Yucca Mountain WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that blocks the Energy Department from advertising public tours of its proposed nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain -- By Steve Tetreault (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- September 05, 2000 -- Reid planning to block ad funds for free Yucca tours Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he plans to block nuclear waste funds used to advertise tours of Yucca Mountain, the proposed site of a high-level nuclear waste repository 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 31, 2000 -- Utilities Can Seek Damages for Waste WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that four electric utilities may seek millions of dollars in damages from the government for the Energy Department's failure to accept highly radioactive waste from their nuclear power plants -- Associated Press (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 29, 2000 -- Yucca opponents may send message on radio Nevada opponents of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, may take their message to the airwaves through radio talk shows -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 20, 2000 -- Democrats, Republicans battle over nuclear waste issue LOS ANGELES — For Nevada’s political leaders, the balloons and the partisan speeches that dominated the Democratic and Republican conventions formed a backdrop for the parties’ increasingly ugly tug-of-war over nuclear waste -- By Fredreka Schouten (Reno Gazette-Journal)
- August 17, 2000 -- Guinn seeks protection of Yucca funds Gov. Kenny Guinn has asked Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to protect the state's oversight funds for Yucca Mountain, the proposed site of a high-level nuclear waste repository, after a federal official threatened to cut the money -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 17, 2000 -- Editorial: Divergence over Yucca is obvious For those Nevadans who still weren't convinced there is any difference between the Republican and Democratic party standard-bearers regarding nuclear waste storage, those doubts now should be erased -- Las Vegas Sun
- August 17, 2000 -- Nevada Democrats applaud Gore letter LOS ANGELES -- Vice President Al Gore on Wednesday said he would follow President Clinton's lead in vetoing legislation that lowers health and safety standards for a permanent nuclear waste repository being planned for Yucca Mountain -- By Jane Ann Morrison (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 16, 2000 -- Officials tell commission of nuke peril If a repository for highly radioactive waste is built at Yucca Mountain, six trucks loaded with shipments will drive through the Las Vegas Valley en route to the site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas every day for 24 years -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 16, 2000 -- Gore stiffens Yucca stance LOS ANGELES -- Vice President Al Gore has sent a strongly worded letter to Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., stressing his concerns about a proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 16, 2000 -- North Las Vegas to assist county firm on nuke report Anticipating a rash of studies in the coming year, North Las Vegas is planning to put its stamp on the research assessing the risk of hauling high-level nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain -- By Diana Sahagun (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 16, 2000 -- Gore to release statement on storage of nuclear waste LOS ANGELES -- Vice President Al Gore is releasing a statement today on nuclear waste storage that U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said is so "direct and to the point" it will embarrass Texas Gov. George W. Bush -- By Jane Ann Morrison (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 15, 2000 -- Platform may rule out Yucca dumpsite LOS ANGELES -- State Democratic Party members say their national platform delivers a Nevada-friendly message on the issue of nuclear waste disposal in stark contrast to prickly language in the Republicans' plank -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 15, 2000 -- Nevada should make best of nuke situation Most people believe that the dump will eventually be located in Nevada. Sen. Bryan himself accedes this point by stating one man has this power. If Gov. Bush is not elected, sometime in the near future another politician WILL be elected who will place the dump in Nevada. Our elected representatives from both parties have been delaying the event, but have not and probably can't stop the eventual nuke dump -- By Brad Smith, Minden (Nevada Appeal)
- August 14, 2000 -- Letter: Hazards of nuke shipments are exaggerated The recent tanker fire on U.S. 95 was a bad accident, but let's not blow it out of proportion in how it relates to Yucca Mountain -- By Bill Vasconi (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 11, 2000 -- Senators confront House Speaker on nuclear waste Hastert has consistently supported Republican-led efforts to speed up nuclear waste storage in Nevada and was critical of the White House for vetoing legislation earlier this year that would have blocked stringent radiation standards for Yucca Mountain -- Elko Daily Free Press
- August 10, 2000 -- DOE chief backs Test Site research Energy Secretary Bill Richardson is seeking an extra $40 million for the Department of Energy to track contamination in ground water at the Nevada Test Site -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 09, 2000 -- Citizen Groups Denounce Proposal for Nuclear Waste Transport Through Louisiana Baton rouge, LA. -- If nuclear waste is transported through Louisiana to Nevada for permanent storage as proposed, Baton Rouge could experience serious threats to public health, the environment and the economy in the event of a crash or a radiation leak, public interest groups said today -- Public Citizen
- August 09, 2000 -- In scenarios, nuke cleanup costs reach into billions In a worst-case scenario, a traffic accident involving high-level nuclear waste on Las Vegas' busy highways could cost taxpayers billions of dollars, state and federal scientists say -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 09, 2000 -- Test site cleanup cost prohibitive, council reports. Government plans to leave contamination where it is WASHINGTON -- There is widespread contamination of soil at the Nevada Test Site, but there are no cleanup plans because the cost would be prohibitive, according to a report this week by the National Research Council -- By Tony Batt, Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 09, 2000 -- Porter at odds with speaker over Yucca nuclear waste issue Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and state Sen. Jon Porter, who is running for Congress, agreed on Tuesday to disagree over the proposed storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain -- By Jace Radke (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 08, 2000 -- Accord restricts nuclear routes in valley Low-level nuclear shipments have stopped traveling over Hoover Dam or through the Spaghetti Bowl en route to the Nevada Test Site since the U.S. Department of Energy signed an agreement with the main producer of the waste -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 07, 2000 -- Senator Harry Reid Statement of United State Senator Harry Reid highlighting the dangers of transporting high level nuclear waste -- Senator Reid Press Release
- August 07, 2000 -- Scientists discover type of ceramic that safely contains radiation A new ceramic material that resists damage from radiation over long periods may relieve the pressure on nuclear power plants that want to bury spent reactor fuel inside Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 07, 2000 -- Senator Bryan: Nevada nuked if Bush is elected VIRGINIA CITY - An interim nuclear storage site could be established in Nevada eight months after presidential frontrunner George W. Bush takes office, U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan said Sunday at a town hall meeting -- By Susie Vasquez (Nevada Appeal)
- August 05, 2000 -- Congress plans to cut Yucca funding request LAS VEGAS - The nation's nuclear waste chief says Congress intends to slash millions of dollars from the Clinton administration's request for funding the Yucca Mountain project -- Associated Press (Nevada Appeal)
- August 04, 2000 -- Bryan steps up nuke campaign All Nevadans need to help spread the word that the fight against shipping nuclear waste cross-country is a fight for people in all states, Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., said today -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 04, 2000 -- Official: Congress plans to cut Yucca funding request The nation's nuclear waste chief told state and county governments Thursday that Congress intends to slash millions of dollars from the Clinton administration's request for funding the Yucca Mountain Project -- By Keith Rogers (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 03, 2000 -- What if this cargo had been nuke waste? 200 would die of cancer; 9,000 would require treatment. As thick plumes of black smoke were spewing into the air after Wednesday's gasoline tanker truck accident, the words "nuclear waste" and "nightmare" crept into some high-level conversations -- By Mary Manning and Diana Sahagun (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 03, 2000 -- DOE warned of predicted volcanic activity at Yucca Mountain CARSON CITY -- A Nuclear Regulatory Commission consultant urged the federal government to pay more attention to the possibility of volcanic eruptions at a proposed high-level nuclear dumpsite at Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 02, 2000 -- Carson citizens express concerns about nuclear shipments CARSON CITY -- As a full-sized mock nuclear waste canister rolled through Chicago, St. Louis and other cities on its way to Nevada recently, it prompted tough questions from citizens along the way, a scientific panel learned Tuesday -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 02, 2000 -- Scientists say metal in nuclear casks could corrode dangerously fast Scientists said Tuesday they fear the metal selected to build nuclear waste storage casks could corrode much faster than expected under actual conditions at Yucca Mountain -- By Geoff Dornan (Nevada Appeal)
- August 02, 2000 -- Nuclear watchdogs bring cask to Nevada A nuclear power watchdog group Tuesday brought its message to Carson City on the potential peril of transporting radioactive waste, gaining attention by parking a replica storage cask outside the Pinon Plaza Hotel-Casino -- By Tim Anderson (Reno Gazette-Journal)
- August 02, 2000 -- Casks' corrosion potential causes concern Nuclear waste barrels could fail if hit with acids found in the soil of Yucca Mountain, scientists say -- By Sean Whaley, Donrey Capital Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 02, 2000 -- Delegates want stronger nuclear waste stance PHILADELPHIA -- If Texas Gov. George W. Bush is to win Nevada in the presidential election, he must be more vigorous in opposing plans to put a nuclear waste dump in the state, say some delegates to the GOP national convention -- By Scott Sonner, Associated Press (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 01, 2000 -- Scientists say water poses risk to nuke containers CARSON CITY -- Nevada experts today challenged the material the Department of Energy plans to use for burying and containing 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste inside Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- August 01, 2000 -- Nevadans focus on nuclear waste Two candidates urge Republicans to turn from their platform on an issue critical to their home state -- By Jane Ann Morrison (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- August 01, 2000 -- Ensign hits nuclear power industry in speech to convention PHILADELPHIA - Deriding the nuclear power industry for ''living in the past,'' Senate candidate John Ensign told the Republican National Convention on Monday that he would fight to keep radioactive waste out of Nevada -- By Scott Sonner, Associated Press Writer (Nevada Appeal)
- August 01, 2000 -- Our View: Attention to nuclear details The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, meeting this week in Carson City, will be taking a close look at the scientific details of building casks to store nuclear waste in Nevada -- Nevada Appeal
- July 30, 2000 -- Editorial: Science over politics Presumptive Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush has gone on record stating that any decision to store the nation's high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain should be based on science, not politics. That position has been steadfastly maintained by the Clinton administration -- Las Vegas Sun
- July 30, 2000 -- Nevada challenges durability of proposed nuclear storage casks Nevada's experts this week will challenge the durability of the casks federal officials want to use to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain -- By Geoff Dornan (Nevada Appeal)
- July 28, 2000 -- Nevada senators: Bush would bring radioactive waste to state WASHINGTON -- If George W. Bush is elected president, the government will build a temporary repository for thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel within six to eight months, an influential Republican senator predicted Thursday -- By Steve Tetreault, Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- July 24, 2000 -- Editorial: Don't mess with nuke standards The General Accounting Office recently reported that two key federal agencies still are at an impasse over what radiation standards should be used for a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The GAO also added that it doesn't believe this dispute will be settled anytime soon -- unless there is congressional intervention -- Las Vegas Sun
- July 21, 2000 -- Decision may ease push for Yucca Mountain WASHINGTON -- The Department of Energy announced an agreement Thursday with a Philadelphia utility that may affect efforts to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain -- By Tony Batt, Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- July 20, 2000 -- Reid: Nuke study 'common sense' The startling new report detailing the risks of transporting high-level nuclear waste through the Las Vegas Valley further illustrates why the hazardous material should be kept out of Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev, said Wednesday -- By Diana Sahagun (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 19, 2000 -- Study details effects of Yucca dump Nuke accidents, loss of business cited Chances are one in 90 that a nuclear accident will occur in the Las Vegas Valley within 24 years if a high-level nuclear waste repository is built at Yucca Mountain and local roads are used to ship the waste to the site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, according to a new study -- By Diana Sahagun (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 19, 2000 -- Valley awaits federal project money Southern Nevada stands to get $48 million in federal money next year for water and energy projects, including $8.4 million to pay for local and state oversight of the Yucca Mountain Project -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 17, 2000 -- Fed agencies still at odds on limits of radiation WASHINGTON -- The two federal agencies that have long disagreed about how much radiation could safely be emitted from a nuclear waste dump in Nevada are still bickering with no compromise in sight, a recent report said -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 15, 2000 -- Yucca feud could end up in Congress WASHINGTON -- Congress may need to step in and resolve a dispute between federal agencies over radiation standards at Yucca Mountain, according to a government report released Friday. The report, by the General Accounting Office, concluded that the disagreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may be intractable -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- July 14, 2000 -- NRC in no hurry to license Yucca Mountain nuke dump The Department of Energy has more work to do before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will consider a license for building and operating a high-level nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, the new NRC chairman said Thursday. Richard Meserve, after his first visit to the mountain 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas on Thursday, said the DOE must complete scientific studies before the NRC could consider a license application. The license review could take up to four years. The DOE has to prove the mountain will safely contain 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste for at least 10,000 years, Meserve said - By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- July 13, 2000 -- Yucca budget facing trims WASHINGTON -- The federal budget for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project is being hammered out in Congress, and the Department of Energy could end up with considerably less than what it needs for critical work -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 13, 2000 -- Editorial: Tragedy waiting to unfold When it comes to plans to store high-level nuclear waste in Nevada, the debate centers on whether Yucca Mountain can safely store 77,000 tons of this poisonous garbage for the next 10,000 years. Unfortunately not enough attention is paid to the dangers of how man's deadliest waste would get here in the first place -- Las Vegas Sun
- July 12, 2000 -- Supercomputer fitted with new program to analyze workings of Yucca Mountain A computer code that did not exist four months ago is a new secret weapon for Department of Energy scientists trying to prove Yucca Mountain will safely contain highly radioactive wastes -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 10, 2000 -- Nuclear cargos still use local streets Despite angry protests from Southern Nevada officials a month ago, low-level nuclear waste shippers continued to send their cargos for burial at the Nevada Test Site along busy city routes, according to a report released today -- By Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 10, 2000 -- Mock nuke waste haul en route to Yucca WASHINGTON -- A mock nuclear waste cask is rumbling along the highways of America this month to draw attention to the dangers of hauling high-level radioactive material -- By Benjamin Grove (Las Vegas Sun)
- July 5, 2000 -- Letter from Robert R. Loux (State of Nevada, Agency for Nuclear Projects) to Allen Benson, U.S. Dept. of Energy The letter outlines suggested agenda items for the upcoming AULG (Affected Units of Local Government) meeting scheduled for August 3, 2000
- July 3, 2000 -- Companies square off in bid for Yucca contract The battle lines have been drawn on Yucca Mountain as two companies that have long held the major contract are splitting up and have formed other alliances to secure a $3.1 billion, five-year pact to design and build a nuclear waste dump -- By Ed Koch and Mary Manning (Las Vegas Sun)
- June 29, 2000 -- Gibbons: Bill passed by House supports nuclear waste WASHINGTON -- An energy and water project bill that had prompted a deep split among Nevada lawmakers passed the House early Wednesday by a wide margin -- By Steve Tetreault Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- June 28, 2000 -- Yearly bill becomes hot potato A routine measure with money for state projects spurs posturing over the issue of nuclear waste -- By Tony Batt, Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- June 24, 2000 -- Nuclear waste site could face delays, DOE criticized for seeking contract bids WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers voiced concern Friday that plans to open a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain by 2010 could be delayed as a result of a Department of Energy decision to seek new bids on a
contract -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal).
- June 23, 2000 - Testimony of Robert R. Loux, Executive Director Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, Office of the Governor at the NRC Licensing Hearing for the Proposed Private Fuels Storage, L.L.C. Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility Salt Lake City
- June 22, 2000 -- Yucca hot water report could burn Richardson While Energy Secretary Bill Richardson was treading political hot water Wednesday over his agency's handling of a nuclear secrets security lapse, scientists studying what some believe is ancient evidence of hot water rising within the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site were still at odds over their observations - By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal
- June 15, 2000 -- Bryan blasts Elko officials pushing nuke waste alternative Associated Press RENO - Sen. Richard Bryan accused Elko County officials of undermining the state's opposition to a nuclear waste dump in Nevada by proposing to accept the waste in exchange for control over federal lands -- This proposal is just plain dangerous, Bryan, D-Nev., said Wednesday.
- June 15, 2000 --Miffed Raggio blocks funding for Yucca consultant CARSON CITY -- An angry Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio persuaded legislators Wednesday to refuse funding for a consultant in the fight against sending nuclear waste to Nevada because he did not like a letter the man sent to newspapers last year -- By Ed Vogel Donrey Capital Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)
- June 15, 2000 -- German leader reaches deal to eliminate nuclear power plants BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the bosses of Germany's nuclear power plants agreed Thursday on a plan to end the country's use of atomic energy, clinching a deal that has eluded Schroeder's center-left government for more than a year -- By PAUL GEITNER, Associated Press Writer
- June 14, 2000 -- Editorial, Las Vegas Sun: An inane idea from up north Just when you thought the bizarre musings from Elko County had reached their zenith, a recent item from the Elko Daily Free Press quickly disabuses you of that notion.
- June 13, 2000 -- House panel OKs $2.5 million for state oversight of Yucca Nearly four months ago, Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid suggested that Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn dump the state's leading nuclear waste bureaucrat because congressional antipathy toward Bob Loux prevented Nevada from getting federal oversight money for the Yucca Mountain project -- By Jane Ann Morrison Las Review-Journal
- June 9, 2000 -- Business Wire - Legislators to Discuss Nuclear Waste Transportation Risks at National Women in Government Conference
News Editors CARSON CITY, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 7, 2000--While the State of Nevada may be targeted as the location for disposing of highly radioactive waste materials from the nation's commercial nuclear power plants and other nuclear reactors, the rest of the country will bear the brunt of tens of thousands of deadly radioactive materials shipments over a sustained period of three decades or more if the federal government is permitted to go forward with plans for a nuclear waste repository in southern
- June 9, 2000 -- Nuclear waste benefits detailed Elko County Public Land Use Advisory Committee Chairman Warren Russell and vice-chairman Don Decker presented a plan Wednesday to accept nuclear waste into Nevada in exchange for land control to the Elko County Commission -By GARY BEGIN, Elko Daily Free Press
- June 8, 2000 -- High-level shipments may have controls WASHINGTON -- Officials with the Rockville, Md.-based Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday said that if trucks ever haul high-level nuclear waste cross-country to Yucca Mountain, state authorities would have some control over which routes are taken. That runs counter to what apparently happened with seven low-level waste shipments made from January to March this year. Those shipments of Department of Energy waste rumbled along Craig Road and Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas on their way from a former nuclear weapons plant at Rocky Flats, Colo., to the Nevada Test Site, home to a low-level waste burial ground - By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- June 04, 2000 -- Nuclear powers charge Bush's campaign WASHINGTON -- Power players connected to the nuclear industry are pouring money into the George W. Bush campaign, barely dropping a dime on his opponent, Al Gore, a review of campaign funding records shows -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN.
- June 02, 2000 -- Goodman fires away at nuke dump proponents Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman isn't exactly known for his political correctness. So he didn't back off one bit Thursday when reporters peppered him with questions about remarks he made last week regarding potential nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain. Instead, Goodman forged ahead bluntly, blasting away at U.S. Sens. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, and John McCain, R-Ariz., labeling certain lawmakers as the "bastards" in Washington -- By Erin Neff LAS VEGAS SUN
Photo: Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman sitting at a control panel at Yucca Mountain in January, has been a vocal opponent of a planned nuclear dumpsite.
- June 01, 2000 -- Bryan places hold on nominee to head nuclear agency WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., has become involved in a dispute between Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and congressional Republicans over the makeup of the new agency that oversees nuclear weapons - By Steve Tetreault Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)
- May 31, 2000 -- Nevadans concerned about plan on nuke hearings Nevada officials are concerned by a Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposal to change its licensing hearings to less formal proceedings as a possible license looms for a Yucca Mountain high-level nuclear waste repository - By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- May 25, 2000 -- Institute: Stop research on nuclear waste transmutation WASHINGTON -- The government should abandon research on a process that could reduce the amount and radioactivity of nuclear waste stored at Yucca Mountain, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental group - By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau , (Las Vegas Review Journal)
- May 17, 2000 -- DOE hopes to ease rules for dumping waste at Yucca The Department of Energy hopes for a green light by fall to change guidelines for putting a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The new guidelines would make it easier for the DOE to get the proposed repository approved -By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- May 17, 2000 -- Reid says energy package 'has no hope of
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious bill aimed at redesigning the nation's energy policy, and one key tenet would increase production of nuclear power in America -- By Benjamin Grove and Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- May 11, 2000 -- Nuke waste on beltway to be studied North Las Vegas will conduct the first transportation study for the state to determine how residents couldbe effected if high-level radioactive waste is shipped through the city. The state Agency for Nuclear Projects awarded North Las Vegas a $50,000 grant this month to assess the risks and hazards associated with shipping radioactive waste along the northern portion of the Las Vegas Beltway - By Diana Sahagun LAS VEGAS SUN
- May 10, 2000 -- Bush weighs in on Yucca Partisans debate the likely GOP nominee's first statement on putting nuclear waste in Nevada. In an effort to neutralize nuclear waste as a defining issue in the presidential race in Nevada, Texas Gov. George W. Bush issued a one-paragraph policy statement saying any decision to use Yucca Mountain as a repository must be based on "sound science" -- By Jane Ann Morrison Las Vegas Review-Journal
- May 09, 2000 -- Advanced technology for nuke waste still years
off Technology that could dramatically reduce the harmful effects of radioactive waste may not be available
before a proposed repository to store the nation's nuclear trash is scheduled to be built at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
May 9, 2000 -- DOE nears recommendation point on Yucca Mountain After roughly $3.5 billion and almost two decades of study, the U.S. Department of Energy is nearly ready to make its recommendation for Yucca Mountain.
- May 08, 2000 -- A different nuke waste approach -- Swedes give local governments a say in dumpsite Sweden, like the United States, is struggling to find a solution to a national nuclear waste problem. But unlike in the United States, the process in Sweden has given local officials an active role in deciding where spent nuclear fuel will go -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- May 05, 2000 -- Independence vowed on nuclear waste decision A Nuclear Regulatory Commission official on Thursday promised Nevadans the agency will maintain its independence and objectivity if the Department of Energy follows through with plans to license a radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain - By Keith Rogers, Las Vegas Review-Journal
- May 03, 2000 -- Senate may hold another vote on president's veto WASHINGTON -- Like a horror film monster that refuses to die, the bill that would speed up shipments
of nuclear waste to Nevada appeared to perish on Tuesday -- again. But it's still breathing. "I thought we had delivered the silver stake through the issue, but it looks like we might see it again this
year," Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., said -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- May 1, 2000 -- May 02, 2000 Test results on Yucca
conflicting Analysis of an isotope at a proposed nuke dump means more examination is needed, an expert says. PAHRUMP -- A new study contradicts the premise that remnants from 1950s nuclear tests in the South Pacific might have been transported deep within Yucca Mountain, a government scientist said Monday -- By Keith Rogers, Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- April 27, 2000 -- Clinton vetoes Yucca bill -- Supporters of a plan to store the nation's nuclear wastein Nevada vow to try to override the veto -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)
- April 26, 2000 -- Reid, Bryan and Gibbons praise Clinton's nuclear waste bill veto Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan, both D-Nev., and Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., joined in praising President Clinton on Tuesday for vetoing legislation designed to accelerate plans to dump nuclear waste in Nevada -- Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal (Carson City).
- April 25, 2000 -- Clinton Vetoes Nuclear Waste Bill ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton vetoed legislation as expected Tuesday that would have cleared the way for thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste to be shipped to Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Nevada lawmakers and national environmental groups hailed the action for blocking transportation of 40,000 tons of the lethal material that piled up at commercial reactors in 31 states.
- April 25, 2000 -- Environmental group taps nuke coordinator Nevada environmental group Citizen Alert has hired a 21-year Las Vegas resident as its nuclear issues coordinator. Kalynda Tilges will spearhead the group's local effort opposing the Department of Energy's proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, according to a statement Monday from Citizen Alert's Las Vegas office -- Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- April 24, 2000 -- Clinton To Veto Nuclear Waste Bill WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton is poised to veto legislation that would have allowed storage of thousands of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the Nevada desert. Clinton promised weeks ago to veto the bill, and the White House said he would carry it out Tuesday.The legislation passed the House on a 253-167 vote in March, and the Senate 64-34 a month earlier; At least two-thirds of those voting are required for an override.
- April 23, 2000 -- Nuclear industry won't ease up - Relentless lobbying continues despite promised veto WASHINGTON -- The nuclear power industry's relentless lobbying effort (see photo) continues on a bill that would send nuclear waste to Nevada, despite President's Clinton's plan to veto it this week - By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- April 23, 2000 -- Town not immune to water shortage - PAHRUMP -- Fresh water once gushed from the dusty soil of Tim Hafen's desert ranch. Fall turned his fields to white seas of blooming cotton -- By Michael Weissenstein, Las Vegas Review-Journal
- April 21, 2000 -- Federal team examines Yucca Mountain theory Experts debate the origin of rock deposits in evaluating a site for a nuclear waste dump. Looking for evidence that rainwater has washed minerals into rocks around Yucca Mountain, U.S. scientists this week retraced steps taken by Russian counterparts who contend the deposits stem from hot springs and are a dangerous sign the mountain is not fit for burying nuclear waste -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal
- April 19, 2000 -- Nuke bill opponents plan veto ceremony
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton's staff is scrambling to put together a veto ceremony, possibly Thursday, for a bill that would speed shipments of nuclear waste to Nevada -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN. Republicans last week held a ceremony of their own to celebrate the bill passing both the House and Senate. They shipped the legislation to Clinton urging him to sign it - By Benjamin Grove
LAS VEGAS SUN
- April 19, 2000 -- Politicians accepted money from Yucca Mountain contractors WASHINGTON -- Three Nevada politicians -- two in Congress -- and one candidate have taken money from contractors on the Yucca Mountain project despite their stated strong opposition to the project -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- April 19, 2000 -- Meeting to focus on Yucca Mountain The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold public meetings May 4 in Las Vegas and Pahrump to discuss the process for licensing a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain - Las Vegas Sun.
- April 16, 2000 -- Editorial (Las Vegas Sun) Truth takes a beating Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday pressed President Clinton to sign legislation that would send
high-level nuclear waste to Nevada by 2007. To get an indication of how hell-bent they are on sending
this poison here, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., showed he will say anything to mislead the public. Take this outrageous gem: "For almost two decades Congress has been working to find an environmentally sound solution to the management of spent fuel -- a solution that would ensure that
public health and safety would be the first priority," Hastert said. "With this bill, we have such a solution."
- April 11, 2000 -- GOP convenes over nuke waste bill Leaders hope to pressure Clinton on Yucca plan -- WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders in Congress gathered today to officially send the nuclear waste bill to President Clinton The rare "enrollment ceremony," reserved for major legislation, also was designed to send Clinton a message: Congress approved the bill, so should you. - By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- April 06, 2000 -- Rural county rethinking acceptance of nuke
waste CARSON CITY -- The Lincoln County Commission may be rethinking its 1995 position that invites the federal government to bring nuclear waste to Nevada. The commission, meeting Wednesday in Pioche, named a five-member committee to take a new look at the issue and report back by May 5. The committee is headed by County Commission Chairman Paul Donohue -- By Cy Ryan SUN CAPITAL BUREAU (Las Vegas Sun)
- April 02, 2000 -- Editorial: Little victories do add up Nevadans often feel lonely as they fight the federal government's unjust efforts to bury high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. After all, even though this is one of the worst geologic places to store this waste, Congress has ensured that Nevada is the only state under consideration to host a repository. The nuclear power industry's clout in Congress is legendary, and if it weren't for President Clinton's consistent pledges to veto legislation that would completely undermine the government's suitability study, the nuclear waste likely would have been here by now -- Las Vegas Sun.
- March 28, 2000 -- Editorial (Las Vegas Sun): Nevada still is in bull's-eye President Clinton's expected veto of legislation that would send high-level nuclear waste to this state by 2007 likely dooms the bill's chances for passage this year. Even one of the House's most ardent proponents of a nuclear waste repository in Nevada, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, concedes there isn't much desire to resurrect the bill this year: "We've got a president who doesn't want to deal with the problem."
- March 28, 2000 -- Nevada seeks end of lawsuit A dispute over a water request for Yucca Mountain is a matter for state, not federal, court, an attorney argues. The state of Nevada has moved to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month over State Engineer Michael Turnipseed's rejection of an Energy Department request for water to build and operate a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain -- By Carri Geer Las Vegas Review-Journal
- March 28, 2000 -- DOE caught in conflict of interest suit at Yucca A law firm Monday sued the Department of Energy over a contract awarded to a competitor for legal work on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court by LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, claims that a $16.5 million contract awarded to the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn is a conflict of interest because the firm also represents TRW Environmental Safety Services, Inc., the prime contractor at Yucca Mountain -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- March 27, 2000 -- U.S. Park Service objects to dump at Yucca The National Park Service has come out against plans for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, saying that radiation could harm an endangered fish that exists only in Death Valley and transportation routes could threaten Lake Mead -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- March 26, 2000 -- Nuclear industry bankrolling legislators' travel bills WASHINGTON -- The offices of three members of Congress who have led the fight to dump the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada have rung up $204,800 in travel bills since 1996 that were paid for by the nuclear power industry. The 77 trips taken by Sens. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, or their staffers varied from low-budget overnights in Williamsburg, Va., to a more lavish $17,000 week-long stay in France, a Sun analysis has found -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- March 26, 2000 -- Waste debate Porter's dilemma The financial backing of the GOP is coming from some who want nuclear material stored in Nevada. State Sen. Jon Porter is wrestling with two political realities: He needs money to run for the House, but he also needs to make it clear he opposes bringing nuclear waste to Nevada -- By Jane Ann Morrison Las Vegas Review-Journal
- March 24, 2000 -- Nuclear issue on hold until next year,
Texas congressman to push for Yucca site
WASHINGTON -- The congressman who likely will lead the charge on the next nuclear waste-to-Nevada bill said Thursday that he won't push the measure this year. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told the Sun that he would wait until next year when a new president inhabits the White House before sending any more Yucca Mountain legislation to the House floor -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- March 23, 2000 -- Contaminated ground water is discovered near Test Site The Department of Energy has discovered radiation in ground water about a mile outside the Nevada Test Site, officials said. The type of radiation -- tritium, which could occur naturally -- is most commonly found in nuclear bombs and power plants. It is generally considered an early indicator of more serious radioactive contamination -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN.
- March 22, 2000 -- House panel prods nuclear waste bill Despite state officials' efforts, the House plans a vote today on opening Yucca Mountain early. WASHINGTON -- A House panel Tuesday night rejected 15 amendments offered by Nevada lawmakers to a bill that would send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain as early as 2007 -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Published in the Las Vegas Review Journal)
- March 22, 2000 -- Washington, D.C. — A furious lobbying effort paid off today for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and her House allies who opposed a bill (S. 1287) that would have created a temporary high-level nuclear dump in Nevada and tossed out stringent radiation exposure standards. In a sharp improvement from the last time the House voted on temporary nuclear dump legislation, 167 members voted against it, far more than necessary to sustain an expected veto by President Clinton. It was the first time the House mustered sufficient votes to sustain a veto on a temporary dump bill.
- March 21, 2000 -- Concerns Arise Over Aquifer Near Nuclear Test Site When the federal government conducted 828 underground nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site from 1956 to 1992, its scientists knew that ground water beneath the site would become contaminated. They believed that the underground water barely moved, and that radioactive particles would be sealed into cavities by the blasts or else absorbed by underground rock -- By MARTIN FORSTENZER, New York Times
- March 20, 200 -- Nukes near? Speaker of the House discusses possibility of key vote this week -- The House of Representatives this week will consider a controversial Senate bill that would bring nuclear waste to Nevada by 2007, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said in Las Vegas Sunday -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- March 09, 2000 -- Energy secretary hopes for waste pact this session - Compromise needed on bills WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said Wednesday he still hopes to cut a deal with Congress this year that would speed nuclear waste storage in Nevada. "We (were) close to a deal in the Senate, and, hopefully, the House can revive this," Richardson told the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau - Las Vegas Review-Journal
- March 09, 2000 -- Editorial (Las Vegas Sun): Bush continues his silence The results from the Super Tuesday primaries ensured that Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush will be the presidential nominees of the Democratic and Republican national parties respectively. Now each candidate will look ahead to November, hoping to build a winning coalition that will allow him to capture the White House.
- March 07, 2000 --House to vote on nuclear waste later this spring A bill that would allow shipping 40,000 tons of highly radioactive waste to Nevada by 2003 has been tentatively scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this spring. A similar bill has passed in the Senate by a 64-34 vote, not enough votes to override a promised veto by President Clinton, and the issue was thought to be dead for this Congress -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- March 07, 2000 -- Justices won't get involved in fuel disposal fight WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court stayed out of a dispute Monday between electric utilities and the federal Energy Department over delays in building a permanent disposal site for spent nuclear fuel. The court, without comment, turned down the utilities' argument that a federal appeals court should have heard their request for an order that the Energy Department provide storage for their fuel and pay the cost of delays - Associated Press
- March 06, 2000 -- DOE extends comment period
LAS VEGAS SUN The U.S. Department of Energy today extended the comment period by 14 days on its proposed siting guidelines for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
The DOE said it extended the written comment deadline because an incorrect address for the comments had been published. The agency is asking Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to streamline the guidelines for siting a repository at Yucca. Yucca Mountain is the only site under study by the federal government to store 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste.
The correct address is:
Dr. William Boyle, U.S. Department of Energy Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Office, P.O. Box 30307, North Las Vegas, NV 89036-0307 or by Email
- March 3, 2000 -- Bryan calls for extended comments on Yucca Mountain Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., says the Department of Energy should reopen public comment on Yucca Mountain because it printed the wrong address for comments in the Federal Register. "As a result, many of those letters have simply been returned to Nevadans, unopened and unexamined," said Bryan. -- (Carson City - Nevada Appeal)
- March 03, 2000 -- Lawsuit pursues Nevada water
The federal government sues over the rejection of a request for well use to build a nuclear waste repository.
The federal government filed an anticipated lawsuit against the state of Nevada on Thursday, one month after State Engineer Michael Turnipseed rejected an Energy Department request for water to build and operate a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain -- By Carri Geer Las Vegas Review-Journal
- March 02, 2000 -- Radioactivity discovered in groundwater
Nye County is trying to pinpoint the source of contamination found just outside the Nevada Test Site. Nye County officials are investigating radioactive contamination in shallow groundwater south of the Nevada Test Site that preliminary results show at levels as much as 25 times higher than allowed under the federal safe drinking water standard -- By Keith Rogers
Las Vegas Review-Journal
- March 02, 2000 -- Reid wants nuclear waste official fired
A senator says Bob Loux is preventing the state from getting federal funding for Yucca Mountain oversight. WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid on Wednesday called for the removal of Nevada's top nuclear waste official during a meeting with Gov. Kenny Guinn and other members of the state's congressional delegation -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)
- February 27, 2000 -- (Edidorial - By Richard Bryan,a Democrat, represents Nevada in the U.S. Senate): Nevada delegation again fights off nuke-dump bill -- Congress should no longer waste time on this special-interest issue Earlier this month, an environmental policy disaster was averted. Nevada scored a major victory when the number of senators who voted to pass the current nuclear waste bill did not exceed the number needed to override President Clinton's promised veto. The vote was 64-34 in favor of the bill, but it takes 67 votes to override a veto -- Published in the Las Vegas Review Journal
- February 26, 2000 -- Workers blame site for illness Those who worked at the Nevada Test Site say that exposure to radiation caused their ailments. For several hours Friday, Department of Energy officials listened to dozens of Cold War warriors describe their often secret work at the Nevada Test Site that they blame on illnesses linked to exposure to radiation and hazardous materials -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review Journal
- February 26, 2000 -- Test site will continue to dispose of low-level waste Like it's been for more than 20 years, low-level radioactive waste from the nation's nuclear weapons complex will continue to be hauled to the Nevada Test Site for disposal, Energy Department officials said Friday -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal
- February 25, 2000 -- Board reprimands DOE; says Yucca issues
unclear The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is criticizing the U.S. Department of Energy's efforts to measure environmental impacts at Yucca Mountain for a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository. In response to the DOE's report on the repository's environmental impacts, the commission on Thursday cited DOE's failure to clearly define issues not related to radiological impacts from transporting 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste within Nevada. The commission said the DOE failed to address cumulative impacts, an important requirement under federal environmental law. Among the issues, the DOE did not consider the future use of ground water at Yucca when combined with growing local cities or agricultural water rights of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- February 25, 2000 -- Agency pans Yucca
Mountain report - Environmental study on proposed dump called inadequate WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commissionthis week criticized a draft environmental report on Yucca Mountain and said the draft inadequately assessed the effect ofa nuclear waste repository in Southern evada. The commission's comments were submitted to the Energy Department, which prepared the draft report. The agency plans to issue a final environmental impact statement on Yucca Mountain later this year. The reports are preliminary steps to the department's recommendation to the president by July 2001 on whether Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is asuitable repository site. The draft report, released in August, "does not describe and discuss the environmental impacts of a clearly defined proposed action," the commission said in a news release -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Printed in the Las Vegas Review Journal
- February 25, 2000 - State of Nevada Comments on DOE's Proposed Revision to the Repository Siting Guidelines RE:Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management; General Guidelines for the Recommendation of Sites for Nuclear Waste Repositories; Yucca Mountain Site Suitability Guidelines; 10 CFR Parts 960 and 963. 64 FR. No. 229, November 30, 1999, pp. 67054-67089.
- February 24, 2000 -- NRC - NRC Comments on DOE's Draft Environmental Statement for Possible Waste Repository in Nevada
- February 19, 2000 -- DOE Announcement -- Extension of the public comment period and an additional public hearing in San Bernardino, California (February 22nd) for the Yucca Mountain Draft Environmental Impact
- February 18, 2000 -- Editorial: (Las Vegas Sun) Platitudes just not enough on a dump Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., who just returned this week from a campaign swing through South Carolina with GOP presidential hopeful George W. Bush, said Bush told him that science should decide whether high-level nuclear waste should be sent to Yucca Mountain. No one disputes that Gibbons is a staunch opponent of a repository in Nevada -- but Bush's declaration to Gibbons isn't enough.
After all, even those who want to send the waste here claim they believe in science -- not politics -- and then turn right around and unfairly try to dump the waste on us. Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., says Nevadans have a right to expect specifics. Nevadans want to hear where Bush, John McCain and Bill Bradley stand on weakening safety standards for a repository and whether this state should host a so-called "temporary" dump.
We already know Vice President Al Gore backs Nevada on these issues. What about the other presidential candidates? We're still waiting for answers.
- February 16, 2000 -- Slicing Yucca, UNLV scientists probe mountain's suitability for nuke waste storage In a small laboratory at UNLV, geologist Nick Wilson and graduate student Sarah Lundberg sit among sheaves of colorful computerized printouts under a bank of five computer screens that are attached to one of the most modern electron probes in the world -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- February 2000 -- Notice of Intent To Cooperate in the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement Private Fuel Storage, L.L.C., Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, Skull Valley Indian Reservation, Tooele County, UT; (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) -- [Federal Register: February 9, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 27)][Notices] [Page 6401-6402] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov][DOCID:fr09fe00-93]
- February 12, 2000 -- Richardson agrees with waste bill veto Energy Secretary Bill Richardson fortified the Clinton administration's stance on a Senate-approved nuclear waste measure, saying Friday he will recommend the president veto the bill because it lacks environmental protections for Nevada -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal
- February 11, 2000 -- Nuke industry gave $18,000 to Murkowski WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, the chief sponsor of a Senate bill that allows for shipment of nuclear waste to Nevada, received $18,013 from the nuclear power industry in 1999, an analysis shows.
Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both D-Nev., received no money from nuclear power plant operators or their lobbyists. The campaign money data was provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign contributions, and analyzed by Public Citizen, a liberal citizens advocate group. The study revealed the nuclear industry handed about $475,000 to 48 senators last year --(AP)
- February 11, 2000 -- State officials, pleased by Senate vote on Yucca bill, shift focus to House WASHINGTON -- Nevada's two House members are bracing for debate should it come this year on a nuclear waste bill that would bring the nation's highly radioactive nuclear waste to Nevada. The Senate passed its version of the bill 64-34 Thursday, although President Clinton threatened a veto and 34 Senate votes would sustain it By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- February 10, 2000 -- Reid, Bryan cheer vote count, which allows for Clinton veto
WASHINGTON -- The Senate today passed by a crucial 64-34 vote a bill that establishes rules for shipping nuclear waste to Nevada. President Clinton has threatened to veto the bill, and the Senate needs only 34 votes to sustain a veto --By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
February 08, 2000-- Clinton budget maintains test site, Yucca projects Keeping in step with the Energy Department's theme -- strength through science -- officials at the agency's local offices said Monday that President Clinton's request for funding this year will hold the programs and work force stable at the Nevada Test Site and at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project -- By Keith Rogers and Tony Batt Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- February 08, 2000 -- Atomic waste bill fixed for Senate vote A sponsor is striving to salvage a measure that Nevada lawmakers hope will sustain a Clinton veto. WASHINGTON -- As Nevada lawmakers appeared poised to muster enough votes to sustain a presidential veto, the sponsor of a nuclear waste bill revived talks late Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a compromise. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the panel's leading Democrat, apparently to discuss possible changes in Murkowski's bill. By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau ( Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- February 5, 2000 -- Key senator won't support revised nuclear waste bill WASHINGTON -- Nevada lawmakers' chances of fending off a nuclear waste bill received a boost Friday when a leading Democratic senator announced he will not support a revised version of the legislation. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, had been negotiating a compromise with the panel's chairman, Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. "I will not support the (bill) currently being circulated," Bingaman said in a statement. "I have serious disagreements with a number of provisions including the radiation standards, transportation provisions, and the fact that no progress has been made to solve basic funding problems." -- By Tony Batt Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review Journal)
- February 04, 2000 -- DOE advocates method that could lead to Yucca approval Approval of Yucca Mountain as the sole place in the country for burying deadly nuclear waste could be granted despite findings that Yucca would be unsafe, under a new approval method advocated by the Department of Energy -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- February 3, 2000 -- Revised Yucca bill nearly complete Murkowski: Reid, Bryan will get a sneak peek WASHINGTON -- The Senate sponsor of a bill that could bring 77,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste
to Nevada is scrambling today to finalize key amendments, aides said. Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, hopes to put finishing touches on the bill so that debate in the Senate
can begin next week, spokeswoman Tina Kreisher said.
Murkowski plans to give Sens. Richard Bryan and Harry Reid, both D-Nev., a peek at the amended nuclear waste bill today or Friday -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN.
February 3, 2000 -- Water Permits Blocked for Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Department of Energy request to pump groundwater for a proposed permanent nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was turned down Wednesday by state engineer Michael Turnipseed. Turnipseed’s decision that the application would not serve the public interest sets the stage for a possible court battle between the state and federal governments -- By Cat Lazaroff - Environmental News Service (ENS)
- February 3, 2000 -- Anti-nuclear ordinance approved Despite arguments that it is illegal, the Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance sponsored by Mayor Oscar Goodman to ban the transport of high-level nuclear waste on city streets By Mike Zapler Las Vegas Review-Journal
- February 02, 2000 -- Yucca water request denied, Official says public interest threatened CARSON CITY -- In a major victory for opponents of a nuclear dump, state Engineer Mike Turnipseed today rejected the applications of the Department of Energy for water to build and operate the repository about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Turnipseed, in a 24-page ruling, said the use of water "threatens to prove detrimental to the public interest." Congress singled out Yucca Mountain as the nation's only site to study for burying 77,000 tonsof highly radioactive waste from commercial reactors and nuclear weapons production -- By Cy Ryan and Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- February 02, 2000 -- County wants DOE to redo Yucca impact study The federal government's use of outdated population numbers and its failure to communicate with local officials while drafting its environmental impact study for the Yucca Mountain project infuriated Clark County commissioners. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to request that the Department of Energy redo its study on the potential impacts of the proposed nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas - By Adrienne Packer
LAS VEGAS SUN.
- February 01, 2000 -- Reid, Bryan appeal to colleagues in bid to defeat Yucca Mountain bill LAS VEGAS - Nevada's senators sought support from colleagues Tuesday while the author of a nuclear waste bill moved to make the measure more palatable to the White House. Sens. Harry Reid and Richard Bryan sent letters to fellow senators seeking support in efforts to derail a bill designating Yucca Mountain as the nation's nuclear waste dump. The appeal came as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., began action on the bill and Sen. Frank Murkowski huddled with key Democrats and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson on a compromise that could pass presidential muster -- By Robert Macy ASSOCIATED PRESS
- February 01, 2000 -- Nuclear waste bill to proceed in Senate A possible compromise on radiation standards may smooth the passage of Yucca Mountain legislation. WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., filed paperwork Monday that clears the way for senators to begin debating legislation that would send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain by 2007 -- By Tony Batt, Donrey Washington Bureau (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
- January 2000 -- Eureka County Nevada, Preliminary Draft Comments - "Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada" Readers Note: In the interest of sharing, the Eureka County Commission is making these Preliminary Draft EIS Comments available to the public. The County's final EIS comments, along with a cover letter to DOE, will be posted on the Internet before the February 9 deadline.
- January 2000 Newsletter -- Yucca Mountain EIS Comments Needed Now (Eureka County Yucca Mountain Information Office - Online
- January 28, 2000 -- Eureka County Letter to the Nuclear Regulatory commission: The letter conveys the County support for a comprehensive assessment of the consequences of terrorist attacks which have the capability of sabotage, involving the entire spectrum of nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel shipments to a potential repository.
- January 29, 2000 -- Yucca Mountain report expected to be on schedule The nation's nuclear waste chief said he doesn't expect any delays in schedules to produce the Yucca Mountain Project's final impact statement and a report in the fall recommending the volcanic-rock ridge as a disposal site for radioactive waste -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal
- January 27, 2000 -- Editorial (Las Vegas Sun): Too many disturbing questions As the years have passed during the federal government's investigation to determine whether Yucca Mountain is suitable as a repository to store high-level nuclear waste, it seems as though almost every month brings a new revelation showing how dangerous it would be to bury 77,000 tons of this waste in Nevada. And as the Sun's Mary Manning reported Tuesday, the questions are not just being raised by Nevadans who oppose the repository, they also are being aired by independent researchers and even the Department of Energy's own scientists.
- January 27, 2000 -- DOE won't wait for Yucca water report The Department of Energy plans to publicize its scientific case for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain sometime this fall, months before independent research concludes whether or not the repository site is in danger from ground water -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- January 27, 2000 -- Hold Yucca report, state urges A geologist calls for a delay on an environmental statement for a planned nuke waste dump. Nevada's attorney general's office on Wednesday asked a presidential panel to postpone the final environmental impact statement for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and delay a decision on recommending the site until a UNLV minerals study is completed in 2001 -- By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- January 26, 2000 -- Yucca waste storage will surely bring lawsuits, panel told Although there are many scientific uncertainties the Department of Energy must reckon with when it comes to building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, at least one thing is certain -- lawsuits will follow - By Keith Rogers Las Vegas Review-Journal
- January 25, 2000 -- Guinn's Yucca Mountain tour bolsters his opposition to dump CARSON CITY -- Gov. Kenny Guinn said today his tour of Yucca Mountain has heightened his opposition to a high-level nuclear dump in Southern Nevada. "I'm more adamant now," the governor said in talking about his objections to the U.S. Department of Energy locating a repository at Yucca Mountain, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas -- By Cy Ryan Las Vegas Sun CAPITAL BUREAU.
- January 24, 2000 -- Guinn (NV) to be first governor to tour Yucca Mountain Kenny Guinn today becomes the first Nevada governor to tour Yucca Mountain, something his Democratic predecessors steadfastly refused to do. Guinn said seeing the site firsthand will help him better communicate the state's opposition to storing nuclear waste -- By Jane Ann Morrison, Las Vegas Review-Journal
- January 21, 2000 -- Nevada officials sound off on Yucca ROCKVILLE, Md., -- A group of Nevada officials today gave the Nuclear Regulatory Commission an earful of objections to a plan to bury nuclear waste in the state. The five- member, Maryland-based commission ultimately will approve or deny the proposal to bury more than 77,000 tons of the nuclear waste from around the nation inside Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN
- January 16, 2000 -- Editorial: (Las Vegas Sun) Relentless fight over nuke waste
Congress has a lot on its agenda when it returns Jan. 24 from its holiday adjournment -- a patient's bill of rights, tax cuts and Social Security reform are just a few of the important issues that will confront lawmakers. Although it doesn't dominate the front pages of newspapers elsewhere in the nation, or lead the network evening newscasts, another issue that should get attention is how far the federal government is willing to go to jeopardize the safety of residents of a small state. Powerful interests in Washington will try once more to pass legislation to make it easier to send high-level nuclear waste to Nevada -- despite mounting scientific evidence that shows how unsafe it would be if left inside Yucca Mountain.
- January 12, 2000 -- DOE meeting draws vocal crowd The Department of Energy expected 70 people to attend a Las Vegas hearing on environmental impacts of burying highly radioactive wastes at Yucca Mountain. Instead, more than 400 spent over 12 hours Tuesday telling the DOE to keep 77,000 tons of highly radioactive wastes out of Nevada. Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn, Senate Democrats Richard Bryan and Harry Reid and House Democrat Shelley Berkley -- who voiced their opposition in person or through spokespeople -- received new support from almost 6,000 Realtors and the Howard Hughes Corp -- by By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- January 12, 1999 -- Yucca fight back in LV Protesters converge at the latest public hearing on the possible effects of states' nuclear waste. The bitter battle over the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository returned to the home front Tuesday as protesters converged on Las Vegas for the latest public hearing on the hot-button project's possible environmental effects -- by Michael Weissenstein Las Vegas Review-Journal
- January 11, 2000 - Statement of Frankie Sue Del Papa Nevada Attorney General to the U. S. Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The statement was presented presented by Thomas M. Patton, First Assistant Attorney General at the public hearing in Las Vegas, Nevada
- January 11, 2000 -- Final day for public comment on Yucca Mountain draws crowd LAS VEGAS (AP) - Opponents of a nuclear waste dump rallied Tuesday with a familiar cry - the project
would be bad for the environment, the economy and the people of Nevada -- By Trevor Hayes ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
- January 10, 2000 -- Nuke waste director visits Yucca opposition Before Ivan Itkin, a Pennsylvania resident, became chief of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, he had come to Nevada once to tour a defunct gold mine -- By Mary Manning LAS VEGAS SUN
- January 6, 2000 -- Letter from Eureka County, Pete Goicoechea, Chairman County Commission to Mr. Ivan Itkin, Director DOE -- Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. The letter requests the Department of Energy to extend the comment period for the proposed General Guidelines for Recommendation of Sites for Nuclear Repositories, and postpone the scheduled public hearings.
- General Guidelines for the Recommendation of Sites for Nuclear Waste Repositories; Yucca Mountain Site Suitability Guidelines
- Public Hearing Schedule
- January 02, 2000 -- Yucca's yearly price tag hits $7.4 billion WASHINGTON -- Yucca Mountain project managers will spend $685,000 on travel this year, about $30 million developing a nuclear waste container designed to last 10,000 years . . . A review of the $352.5 million Yucca Mountain budget for fiscal year 2000 offers a look at how the U.S. Department of Energy is spending the money it gets from Congress to develop a tomb for the nation's nuclear waste -- By Benjamin Grove LAS VEGAS SUN