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    December 10, 2018 — Sandoval urges lawmakers not to allocate funds for Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urged congressional leaders to ignore last-minute pleas to place language and funding in a year-end spending bill that could revive the license application process for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository — RJ.com

    December 12, 2018 — Industry Groups to Congress: Inaction on Nuclear Waste Not an Option — Fifteen notable industry groups have urged Congressional leaders to act on the federal used nuclear fuel program, noting no progress on the Yucca Mountain repository license application and consolidated interim storage is “untenable.” The broad coalition of labor unions, state public service commissioners, clean energy organizations, and energy trade associations told U.S. House and Senate leaders in a December 4 letter: “It is time for the federal government to meet its statutory and contractual obligations. Utilities and their electricity customers have done their part.” — powermag.com

    December 06, 2018 — Letter to Congress: 61 organizations oppose nuclear waste language in year end legislation — Speaker Ryan, Democratic Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell, Democratic Leader Schumer — Nuclear News

    November 29, 2018 — Titus urges House leaders to block any effort to revive Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON : A Nevada lawmaker urged House leaders not to allow any last-minute funding requests to be slipped into a final spending bill that would revive the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., sent a letter dated Nov. 28, to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee asking them to turn away any 11th-hour funding requests by supporters of the Yucca Mountain project — RJ.com [Related Story]

    November 19, 2018 — U.S. senator joins nationwide call for caution on Hanford waste change — RICHLAND, WA: The public needs more time to comment on an issue as important as reclassifying high level radioactive waste at Hanford and other Department of Energy sites, says 75 organizations nationwide. On Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., added his support to their call for more additional time on the DOE proposal — tri-cityherald.com

    November 08, 2018 — Nuclear host communities weigh in on waste characterization — Representatives from multiple communities that host nuclear activities publicly supported a proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy to change its definition of high-level nuclear waste (HLW), potentially downgrading some HLW to either low-level or transuranic (TRU) waste — currentargus.com

    October 31, 2018 — Nevada officials brace for new attempt to revive Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Despite the president’s election-eve comments suggesting a change in his stance on nuclear waste storage in Nevada, the state and political opponents are preparing for another push to revive the Yucca Mountain licensing process. President Donald Trump has proposed funding for Yucca Mountain licensing in his past two budget requests — both approved by the House but killed by the Senate — By Gary Martin – Las Vegas Review-Journal

    October 29, 2018 — Democrats Seize on Trump’s Remarks About Nevada’s Yucca Nuclear Dump — Nevada Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to follow through on his new-found opposition to the construction of a nuclear waste dump outside of Las Vegas, after his top energy official said the administration still supports the Yucca Mountain project — bloomberg.com [More Coverage RJ.com]

    October 15, 2018 — Tansportation Issues Disqualify Yucca Mountain, Opponent Says — A top Yucca Mountain foe warned Las Vegas business leaders Monday that the proposed nuclear waste repository would turn Southern Nevada into a transportation hub for highly radioactive material. Bob Halstead, who heads Nevada’s Agency for Nuclear Projects, told a Las Vegas Metro Chamber breakfast that spent nuclear fuel would travel through Southern Nevada for 50 years should work proceed at the site, about 100 miles from Las Vegas — knpr.org

    October 05, 2018 — Titus, Rosen see Yucca threat in DOE proposal on high-level nuclear waste — A proposed change to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) interpretation of what counts as high-level nuclear waste could result in a backdoor effort to store nuclear waste in Nevada, Democratic Reps. Dina Titus and Jacky Rosen said Thursday — thenevadaindependent.com

    September 28, 2018 — Rosen: Yucca poses threat to bases in Nevada — Nevada’s 3rd U.S. House Rep. Jacky Rosen looks at the Yucca Mountain controversy through the eyes of a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. The storage and transportation of nuclear waste at the site — less than 100 miles from Las Vegas — poses a serious threat to national security because of the U.S. military bases that surround the area, Rosen said earlier this month on Nevada Newsmakers — pbtimes.com

    September 19, 2018 — Letters to the editor of the Pahrump Valley Times — State disputes information in Yucca Mountain column. Tim Burke’s “Yucca Mountain Transportation Scenarios Explored,” PVT September 14, 2018, is wrong on the facts — pvtimes.com

    September 17, 2018 — NRC Resumes Review of Application to Build Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility in Texas — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this month has resumed its safety and environmental reviews of an application by Interim Storage Partners to construct and operate a consolidated spent nuclear fuel storage facility in Andrews County, Texas — eponline.com

    September 12, 2018 — Congressman: Political considerations derailing Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON — A House champion of using Yucca Mountain for permanent storage of nuclear waste charged Wednesday that national energy priorities have been dashed by political calculations to protect vulnerable Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Heller, who is in a tight re-election bid, gladly took credit for having “stonewalled” House efforts to fund the revival of the proposed nuclear waste repository in the Silver State. “I will not let Nevada be overrun by states that want to move the nuclear waste they created out of their backyards and into ours,” Heller said — RJ.com

    September 11, 2018 —What’s in the Final VA, Energy, Legislative Branch Minibus — The final version of a three-bill package lawmakers hope to send soon to President Donald Trump would fund a new Veterans Affairs health-care law, block money for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility, and require Senate candidates to file their finance reports electronically — about.bgov.com

    September 06, 2018 —Sandoval, Heller push back as Department of Energy proposes storing excess weapons-grade plutonium at Nevada Test Site — Gov. Brian Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller are pushing back on a Department of Energy proposal to store weapons-grade plutonium at the Nevada National Security Site. The plan to store plutonium in Nevada is the result of the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s failure to meet a deadline to complete construction on a South Carolina facility that’s meant to repurpose excess plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors, according to a press release issued by Heller’s office on Thursday. A federal district court in May ordered that one metric ton of plutonium be removed from the site — thenevadaindependent.com

    September 01, 2018 — COMMENTARY: Yucca Mountain: No easy transportation, no free government money — Two recent letters to the Review-Journal suggest there are safe and easy ways to transport high-level nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. Jim Marsh (“Nuke dump,” Aug. 21) proposes flying the waste in using large C-5A transport planes. Dale Kahre (“Nuke transport,” Aug. 26) proposes trucking the waste in via the new Interstate 11. These proposals, however, are unworkable — RJ.com
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    Robert J. Halstead is executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects. He writes from Carson City.

    August 31, 2018 — Hearing set for challenge of NRC’s Yucca Mountain decisions — WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has scheduled a briefing on Nevada’s legal challenge to Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner David Wright’s participation in decisions involving Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste storage at the proposed site, officials said Friday. The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has instructed Nevada and the NRC to prepare motions by Oct. 15 and has scheduled a hearing in the case Nevada vs. NRC — RJ.com

    August 30, 2018 — Nevada files to force NRC official’s recusal from Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Nevada continued its legal attack on the Trump administration over Yucca Mountain on Wednesday, asking a federal appellate court to block an agency commissioner from participating in actions and decisions involving a proposed nuclear waste repository. Nevada asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the state’s request that Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner David Wright recuse himself from decisions involving Yucca Mountain because of previous statements and advocacy work. Wright declined to recuse himself July 2. He said his previous statements were general support of a “long-term nuclear waste storage solution” — www.reviewjournal.com [More Coverage — AP]

    August 29, 2018 — DOE study targets safer storage of nuclear waste — eurekalert.org

    August 24, 2018 — [Editorial] San Onofre nuclear plant mishap gets federal probe it deserves — sandiegouniontribune

    August 16, 2018 — Nevada bolstering resources for renewed Yucca fight — Nevada is shoring up two positions in its opposition to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository that has gained steam under President Donald Trump. The state is turning a part-time contractor position into a full-time state job and extending and boosting a legal contract as part of its decades-old effort to block the Yucca Mountain project. Momentum to create the repository all but died under former President Barack Obama — Las Vegas Sun

    August 15, 2018 — Sandoval urges officials to gear up to fight Yucca Mountain in 2019 — WASHINGTON — Despite a stalemate in Congress that appears to have shelved action on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project for the year, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urged state officials to be prepared and proactive and to take the battle to the federal government. “Let’s continue to slug ‘em in the stomach and pop ‘em between the eyes,” Sandoval said during a Board of Examiners meeting in Carson City on Tuesday — rj.com

    August 10, 2018 — Will Oyster Creek's nuclear waste be cash cow for buyer Holtec? — A high-level nuclear waste storage facility doesn’t exist yet, since the federal government stopped its attempts in 2011 to develop the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada in the face of local and regional opposition. So, for the foreseeable future, nuclear plants’ spent fuel must be stored on site of both operating and closed plants — pressofatlanticcity

    August 08, 2018 — Holtec Nuclear Waste Project’s Opponents Seek Role for New Mexico — New Mexico’s attorney general thinks the state can do little to stop Holtec International’s application to temporarily store high-level waste from commercial nuclear reactors, but that doesn’t deter critics of the project. A state lawmaker and an environmentalist who oppose the project to store the toxic trash in New Mexico before it is buried forever at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain or another site said they believe the state—and not just the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission—can exert some influence over the Holtec project’s future — bna.com

    August 03, 2018 — Attorney general: New Mexico has little say in Holtec proposal — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said the State of New Mexico has limited recourse if it were to oppose federal licensure of a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel — currentargus.com

    July 27, 2018 Yucca Mountain revival efforts appear dead – for now — WASHINGTON — Efforts to restart licensing hearings and store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain appear dead for the next year after a congressional panel eliminated a funding request from the defense bill Monday. Trump administration and congressional attempts to restart the licensing hearings and open the nuclear waste repository will likely resume in the next Congress, after midterm elections in November that could reshape the makeup of the House — RJ.com

    July 18, 2018 — Las Vegas business leaders mount campaign against Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: A congressional tour of Yucca Mountain last weekend spurred Las Vegas business leaders to fan out across the nation’s capital Wednesday and lobby lawmakers and the Trump administration against storing nuclear waste in Nevada. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce has historically opposed the Yucca Mountain project, located just 90 miles northwest of the entertainment destination, but a recent visit to the mothballed nuclear waste repository by lawmakers reignited worries — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 14, 2018 — EDITORIAL: Illinois congressman is back to waste more time on Yucca Mountain — Maybe the 11 congressmen who are scheduled to accompany Rep. John Shimkus this weekend on a tour of Yucca Mountain will get a nice meal and win a few bucks while they’re in the Las Vegas area. They’re sure as hell not going to get a full picture of the proposed nuclear waste repository. That’s because Shimkus apparently doesn’t want them to be fully informed about the disastrous project — Las Vegas Sun

    July 12, 2018 — Lawmaker hopes Yucca Mountain tour puts pressure on Congress — WASHINGTON — In an effort to spotlight congressional inaction on long-term nuclear waste storage, House lawmakers from states with power plants that produce and store the highly radioactive material will tour the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada on Saturday — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 12, 2018 — Shimkus hopes to show fellow House members that Yucca will work — thenevadaindependent.com

    July 09, 2018 — Longtime Yucca Mountain supporter eyes site as funding fight simmers — Congress is set to decide whether to spend money to revive plans for a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. A group of lawmakers will reconcile Yucca Mountain money approved in the House with a lack of funding out of the Senate. The funding debate is unfolding amid a failed effort by Nevada to get a Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner to recuse himself from the process — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    July 03,2018 — Congressional delegation to tour Yucca Mountain in Nevada — WASHINGTON: House lawmakers with a vested interest in permanent storage of nuclear waste in Nevada will make a trek to Yucca Mountain this month to tour the mothballed exploratory tunnel in the geological formation northwest of Las Vegas. While the Senate remains reluctant to resume licensing to open the repository, ongoing efforts by the House give supporters of the project hope that the Trump administration can move forward on plans to permanently store the radioactive waste in one of least populous states — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 01, 2018 — Panel learns: Nothing happens fast when it comes to fate of nuke waste — By year’s end, the 58 casks of high-level waste at the site of the shuttered Vermont Yankee plant will either become part of NorthStar Group Services, which seeks to buy the remains of the former nuclear plant to decommission it, or it will remain idle for 60 years under the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s “SAFSTOR” designation — www.recorder.com

    June 12, 2018 — Las Vegas officials vote against reviving Yucca Mountain — For the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Tuesday, it was Yucca Mountain deja vu. Board members unanimously approved a resolution opposing the revival of federal funding for the nuclear waste repository 100 miles from Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 11, 2018 — Nevada wants recusal from NRC member on Yucca Mountain decisions — WASHINGTON — The state of Nevada is asking a regulatory commissioner to recuse himself from any federal decision on Yucca Mountain, citing his past advocacy and public comments critical of local opposition to the controversial project. Nevada filed the formal 89-page request on Thursday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency that would oversee the licensing process of an application by the Department of Energy to build a waste repository at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 07,2018 — Congress could fund Yucca restart next year — The head of Nevada's Nuclear Projects Office said Thursday he doesn't expect Congress to approve funding to re-start licensing of Yucca Mountain this year. But Bob Halstead told the Commission on Nuclear Projects after the first of the year, there's a 90 percent chance of funding to move forward with licensing the nuclear waste dump north of Las Vegas — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

    June 04, 2018 — House to vote on energy spending bill with Yucca Mountain funds — WASHINGTON: A $44.7 billion spending package for energy programs, including the Yucca Mountain project, is scheduled for a vote in the House this week. A Senate version of the bill approved last month does not include spending for Yucca Mountain, setting up an impasse with the House similar to one last year that prevented the project from moving forward — Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 03, 2018 — Congress works to revive long-delayed plan to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON – The federal government’s dormant plan to store nuclear waste in Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is showing signs of life amid a new push by the Trump administration and some members of Congress to revive the long-delayed project — USA Today

    June 01, 2018 — Appeals court throws out lawsuit over Nevada’s Yucca Mountain — A federal appeals court has tossed out a lawsuit by the state of Texas that sought to force a licensing decision on the proposed nuclear waste storage project at Yucca Mountain. Citing procedural problems with the action, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday granted the state of Nevada’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the suit in March 2017, arguing . . . — Las Vegas Review Journal

    May 29, 2018 — The federal government has long treated Nevada as a dumping ground, and it’s not just Yucca Mountain — Nevadans can be forgiven for thinking they are in an endless loop of “The Walking Dead” TV series. Their least favorite zombie federal project refuses to die. In 2010, Congress had abandoned plans to turn Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, into the nation’s only federal dump for nuclear waste so radioactive it requires permanent isolation. And the House recently voted by a wide margin to resume these efforts — theconversation.com [Print PDF]

    May 29, 2018 — Concerns about government bullying and safety were the top reasons for those opposing the House Yucca bill — Only a small slice of House membership joined the Nevada delegation earlier this month in voting against legislation to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. But in siding with the Battle Born State, those lawmakers revealed how the policy fight touches nerves around the country — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF]

    May 27, 2018 — Debate breaks out over nuclear waste shipments — The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations debated Thursday whether to use a site in southeast New Mexico to temporarily store the nation’s nuclear waste. Heated words were exchanged as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tried to block funding for a nuclear waste interim storage program touted by Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) — lamonitor.com [Print PDF]

    May 24, 2018 — Senate panel again drops Yucca Mountain licensing funding from budget — WASHINGTON: Senate appropriators on Thursday deleted a Trump administration budget request for $120 million to restart licensing on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, setting up another impasse with the House. A similar stalemate shelved the controversial project last year — Las Vegas Review Journal

    May 11, 2018 — House passes Yucca bill, but its future is uncertain as Heller pledges to stop it in the Senate — Once again, Nevada finds itself in a fight with the rest of the nation over a renewed effort to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The House passed a bill sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois, that would restart the process for building the project on a 340 to 72 vote. All four of Nevada’s House members voted against the measure — thenevadaindependent.com

    May 10, 2018 — House passes bill to revive Yucca Mountain licensing — WASHINGTON: Howls of protests by Nevada’s bipartisan congressional delegation were drowned out Thursday when the House voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would revive the licensing process on the Department of Energy’s application to open Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [More Coverage — Nevada’s congressional group unites against Yucca Mountain bill]

    May 06, 2018 — Recycling nuclear waste is not the win-win it seems like it should be — The idea of turning Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste reprocessing facility, which some Nevadans are proposing, sounds wonderful . . . If only it were that neat and simple — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    May 03, 2018 — Vote likely next week on bill to resume Yucca Mountain licensing process — PAHRUMP: Legislation that would allow the Department of Energy to resume its license application process to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain could see a House vote this week — a prospect that was met Thursday with mixed reaction in Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal

    May 03, 2018 — Nuclear panel chair: ‘I remain adamantly opposed’ to Yucca Mountain — The chairman of the state interim legislative Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste says he'll continue to support a 2017 legislative resolution stating opposition to the proposed national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Sun

    April 27, 2018 — The latest on Yucca Mountain – an interview with Robert Halstead [17.41] — .knvc.org
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    April 26, 2018 — House bill wants study of alternative uses for Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON - A House bill expected to be filed Thursday would prohibit the Energy Department from taking any action to license Yucca Mountain as a nuclear repository until the federal government studies alternative uses for the Nevada site. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., the bill's sponsor, said the legislation would direct the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a study on alternative uses, including defense activities like a command facility for unmanned aircraft — Las Vegas Review Journal

    April 12, 2018 — Chairman promises House vote on Yucca Mountain funding — WASHINGTON: A House committee chairman on Thursday vowed to take a bill to fund licensing proceedings for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository to the floor of the House for a vote. “We will get Yucca legislation to the floor,” predicted Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “We want to get it to the president’s desk.” He did not provide a timetable — By Gary Martin Review-Journal Washington Bureau

    April 11, 2018 — Senators question Yucca Mountain in DOE’s proposed budget — WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry appeared before a skeptical Senate panel Wednesday to defend his $30 billion budget proposal, which includes money for licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal

    April 10, 2018 — Las Vegas board to continue fight against Yucca Mountain — Fighting efforts to open the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and lobbying to continue funding the Brand USA international tourism marketing program will be top federal legislative priorities of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for the rest of 2018 — Las Vegas Review Journal

    April 07, 2018 — Activists protest Holtech's proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad — currentargus.com

    March 22, 2018 — Budget Bill Excludes Money for Yucca Nuclear Waste Dump — A budget bill passed by the House does not include money for work to develop and build a nuclear waste dump outside Las Vegas. President Donald Trump has proposed reviving a long-stalled nuclear waste repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, 100 miles from Las Vegas. The state's Republican governor and Nevada lawmakers from both parties oppose the plan — KTVN 2 Reno

    March 20, 2018 — Update: Yucca Mountain Repository and Transportation ImpactsRobert J. Halstead Office of the Governor Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects [36 Page PDF – 4.7MB]

    March 19, 2018 — Nevada senators fight Yucca Mountain restart on two fronts — WASHINGTON: Trump administration efforts to revive the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are being met with stiff resistance from Nevada’s senators. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday with questions about funding proposed in fiscal 2019 budget to restart the licensing process, which was halted in 2011 by the Obama administration — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [More Coverage]

    March 14, 2018 — SUN EDITORIAL: Building a nuclear waste dump in Nevada is still the wrong thing to do — During a recent congressional discussion on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois said, “There’s always hope that the elected leaders will do the right thing.” He’s right. There certainly is hope that Congress and the Trump administration will abandon the project, close the door on any future discussion of it and end this horrific threat to Nevada forever and ever, amen, to borrow a line from a song — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    March 13, 2018 — Private Yucca meeting upsets Nevada officials — WASHINGTON: A March meeting between Nye County officials and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairwoman, who would oversee any future proceeding to determine if Yucca Mountain is safe for nuclear waste storage, drew the ire of Nevada and its lawmakers on Tuesday. A Nye County spokesman described the March 5 meeting as nothing more than an introduction and short conversation with NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki, but the state objected to the private meeting because the federal agency must adjudicate challenges to a license to construct a repository at Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    March 08, 2018 — Yucca Mountain Legislative Action, Budget Request Expected Soon — The Department of Energy wants to store high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain for 100,000 years. The next few weeks might give an indication of the likelihood of that happening. Regulatory hearings, action in Congress, and the funding request for work at Yucca Mountain have happened or are expected soon, according to Bob Halstead, head of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects — knpr.org 16:56 16:56

    March 05, 2018 — Shimkus, House proponents call for passage of Yucca bill — Rep. John Shimkus led a bipartisan group of speakers on the House floor Monday evening who made a case for passing the Illinois Republican’s bill to restart the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Shimkus discussed the broader issue of the need for Congress to address nuclear waste, which is being kept in 129 locations in 39 states, while nine other speakers talked about the waste management and storage problems in their respective states. “This issue has national support,” Shimkus said noting that members from Oregon, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, California, Georgia and Connecticut spoke in favor of his bill — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF]

    March 02, 2018 — NRC Begins Process for New Mexico to Receive All U.S. Commercial High-Level Nuclear Waste — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday accepted Holtec International’s application to store up to 100,000 metric tons of spent fuel rods from the more than 100 U.S. commercial nuclear reactors at a site between Carlsbad and Hobbs. That action begins a multi-year process that will include public meetings in New Mexico, potentially in April, and quasi-legal hearings, which may occur in 2019. Holtec’s application presumes that spent fuel could be stored for 120 years — krwg.org [More coveragelamonitor.com]

    March 01, 2018 — Nevada, keep up the fight against nuclear waste: RGJ Editorial Board — RGJ.com

    February 27, 2018 — Panel takes preliminary step in process to revive Yucca Mountain — ROCKVILLE, Md.: A federal advisory panel took a preliminary step Tuesday in a lengthy process to determine if a nuclear waste repository should be built at Yucca Mountain. The panel meeting at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission came despite a lack of federal funding for the project and repeated vows by Nevada officials to fight the process — Las Vegas Review Journal

    February 27, 2018 — Nuclear waste mountains just go on growing — climatenewsnetwork.net

    February 23, 2018 — OPINION: Setting the record straight on Yucca Mountain — [By Robert Halstead - ED Agency For Nuclear Projects, State of Nevada] Orrin J. H. Johnson’s opinion column, “The wrong way to make the right argument on Yucca Mountain,” Nevada Independent, Feb. 20, is wrong on the facts — thenevadaindependent.com [Print Pdf]

    February 16, 2018 — Nevada OKs $5.1M legal contract for Yucca Mountain fight — CARSON CITY: Nevada’s Board of Examiners has approved a $5.1 million contract with an outside legal team to help fight President Donald Trump’s proposal to restart the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal [More Coverage — Nevada Appeal]

    February 12, 2018 — Trump budget contains $120M to restart licensing of Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump renewed his commitment to restart licensing on the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada on Monday with a funding request tucked into a $4.4 trillion budget blueprint. Trump included $120 million to restart licensing on the geologic site north of Las Vegas, as well as to establish an interim storage program to address the growing stockpile of nuclear waste produced by power plants in states across the nation — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    February 05, 2018 — First transfer of nuclear waste made at San Onofre — Workers at the now–shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) have completed the first transfer of a canister filled with nuclear waste to a newly constructed storage facility within the site’s premises — sandiegouniontribune.com

    February 03, 2018 — U.S. utility commissioners call for action on used nuke fuel — Two decades after the deadline passed for the U.S. government to start accepting nuclear waste for disposal, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) wants lawmakers to support funding for the review process for the Yucca Mountain repository license application. The U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 established federal responsibility for all civilian–used nuclear fuel and mandated the government begin removing used fuel from nuclear facilities by 1998 for disposal in a federal facility — kallanishenergy.com

    February 02, 2018 — Proposed Amendments Would Store High-Level Radioactive Waste in New Mexico and West Texas and Accelerate Yucca Mountain Licensing — Proposed amendments to the federal Nuclear Waste Policy Act would accelerate two proposals to bring some of the nation’s commercial high-level radioactive waste to New Mexico and West Texas. Congressman John Shimkus introduced the proposed amendments which would accelerate thousands of shipments of spent fuel rods on trucks, rail, and barges. The bill, numbered H.R. 3053, would also restart the forced licensing of Yucca Mountain, a Department of Energy (DOE) site located 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada, in a seismic and volcano-ridden area — nuclearactive.org

    January 26, 2018 — Nevada raises new concerns about Yucca Mountain licensing plan — WASHINGTON: Nevada has detailed fresh concerns about plans to expedite licensing of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear repository in a report that was delivered by the state’s congressional delegation to key House members on Friday. Rep. Dina Titus, D–Nev., distributed the report to lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce and the House Appropriation committees asking that they review the state’s report before moving forward on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    January 25, 2018 — In D.C., Goodman highlights dangers of transporting nuclear waste — Nuclear waste coming to Nevada from all corners of the country would be dangerous, Las Vegas' mayor told bipartisan city leaders in Washington, D.C. Mayor Carolyn Goodman was in the capital for the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meetings. She spoke to fellow members about the nation's aging infrastructure and other risks associated with bringing nuclear waste to Nevada, where a proposed repository at Yucca Mountain has been a political football for years. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation's infrastructure an average D+ rating — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]
    [Related Information Presentation to U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Re: Yucca Mountain Update and Transportation Impacts – Robert J. Halstead, State of Nevada ]

    January 23, 2018 — California says goodbye to its last nuclear power plant. What will replace it? — energyexchange

    January 19, 2018 — Comments on Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, H.R. 3053 — State of Nevada

    January 19, 2018 —The Indy Asks: Can Heller, as Reid did, stop Yucca? — Dean Heller claims he's the only barrier between Nevadans and the revival of Yucca Mountain as a repository for nuclear waste. The question is whether he can be that bulwark during a difficult re–election campaign. "I am the only person standing between Yucca Mountain happening and not happening. I am the only person that can stop that," he told rural Nevada newspapers in October, according to the Pahrump Valley Times — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF]

    January 11, 2018 — Connecticut lawmakers: 'Status quo unacceptable' on nuclear waste policy — Waterford : All the nuclear fuel spent creating electricity at the Millstone Power Station since the 1970s remains on site – either in cooling pools that reduce radioactivity, or entombed in 31 massive, leak–tight concrete and steel canisters. But that fuel is supposed to be about 2,700 miles west of Waterford, according to federal law. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 tasked the Department of Energy with siting, building and maintaining an underground repository for the nation's spent nuclear fuel. In 1987, lawmakers designated Yucca Mountain, a dry, remote spot in Nevada, as the permanent home for the country's nuclear waste — theday.com [Print PDF]

    December 28, 2017 — State's point man on Yucca Mountain calls new bill "Screw Nevada 2" — That's how Nevada's chief critic of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project views legislation that will be discussed next week in a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee titled the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017".— luxoraleader.com [Print PDF]

    December 27, 2017 — Nevada has science edge if Yucca Mountain licensing resumes — If the Trump administration succeeds in resurrecting the dormant Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project, Nevada will have an important expertise edge over the feds. That's because the U.S. Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain program was defunded and dismantled under President Barack Obama, leaving only a handful of scientists from the cadre of hundreds who once worked for the federal agency and its contractors — luxoraleader.com [Print PDF]

    December 18, 2017 The Amargosa River Defies the Desert — SHOSHONE, Calif.: The Amargosa, a slender thread of a river that flows through a parched landscape, begins with a few springs bubbling out of the ground in the Oasis Valley near Beatty, Nev —NYtimes.com

    December 17, 1986 highlights Senator-Elect Harry Reid, left, showing Department of Energy Secretary John Herrington November 21, 2017 — A tale of two archivists — Many people have strong reactions when they think about Yucca Mountain and a particular Senator from Nevada named Harry Reid. What most people don't realize is two librarians from University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno are hard at work archiving, processing and cataloging the thousands of documents and digital assets contained in these two very unique, very large and very "Nevada" collections — nevada – today

    Reformer file photoSpent fuel is currently stored in dry casks at the Vermont Yankee site in Vernon. November 21, 2017 — Uncertain future for Vermont Yankee fuel — BRATTLEBORO: It's never been clear exactly when Vermont Yankee's radioactive spent fuel might leave Vernon, or where it might go. And the situation may have gotten even murkier over the past year, mostly due to political changes in Washington. State Nuclear Engineer Tony Leshinskie says he's been deeply involved in planning for the day when railcars full of spent fuel depart from Vermont Yankee. But he said a tangle of political and regulatory shifts at the federal level have made it "anyone's guess" when that day might come — reformer.com [Print PDF]

    November 17, 2017 — Federal judge awards Duke $68.5M for spent nuclear fuel costs in DOE lawsuit — A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has awarded Duke Energy $68.5 million in its lawsuit against the federal government, the third such decision finding that the U.S. Department of Energy was in partial breach of contract for failure to store Duke's spent nuclear fuel. There have been dozens of similar judgments since the federal government's effort to develop the Yucca Mountain waste repository stalled. Processing and storing the spent fuel was supposed to be done by the government under the terms of a 1983 contract — utilitydive.com [Print PDF]

    Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) November 14, 2017 — Trump’s budget chief says funding for Yucca Mountain was his idea — WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s top budget man, Mick Mulvaney, solved a mystery Tuesday. Asked who put $120 million into Trump’s spending plan to restart licensing for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and other interim storage, Mulvaney said he did — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    November 07, 2017 — Nevada official says Yucca bill not likely to pass Senate — CARSON CITY: A bill to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository may pass the U.S. House but will probably die in the Senate, a state official said Wednesday — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    October 26, 2017 — NARUC, other energy organizations urge Congress to fund Nuclear Waste Program — The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) was among six energy organizations that sent a letter Tuesday to Congressional leaders urging them to adequately fund the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Waste Program for fiscal year 2018 — dailyenergyinsider.com

    October 26, 2017 — As climate change fuels fears about nuclear waste, Maine looks to Trump for solution — WISCASSET, Maine: Atomic power has not been generated in Maine since 1996, but an end to the public health risk posed by nuclear waste stored here remains at least a decade away. And the impacts of climate change add a new sense of urgency to the hunt for a solution — bangordailynews.com [Print PDF]

    October 19, 2017 — Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 [Report together with Additional & Dissenting Views] — U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce

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    October 24, 2017 — Yucca Mountain Licensing Update — Western Interstate Energy Board High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee Meeting — Robert J. Halstead Office of the Governor Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects

    October 18, 2017 Revised Comments on Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, H.R. 3053, as reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 28, 2017 — Robert J. Halstead Office of the Governor Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects

    October 22, 2017 — Amodei expects Yucca Mountain bill to pass before Thanksgiving — U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R–Nev., thinks the House will pass a Yucca Mountain revival bill, maybe before Thanksgiving. . . Despite his expectations that the Yucca Mountain bill will pass the House, Amodei said he expects serious friction in the Senate because Republican Sen. Dean Heller is up for re–election — RJ.com

     Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev. October 19, 2017 — Lawmaker makes a last-minute plea to derail Yucca Mountain bill — WASHINGTON: A Las Vegas lawmaker is making a last–minute plea to stop a House energy bill that would jumpstart the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D–Nev., sent a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R–Texas, and the ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, asking them to stop the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 because of Air Force concerns of encroachment at Nellis Air Force Base — RJ.com [Print PDF]

    October 17, 2017 — Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent–based process’ for nuclear waste storage — A consent–based process is needed when it comes to disposing of the country’s spent nuclear fuel, says former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz, who served under the Obama administration and was part of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, spoke about Yucca Mountain at the National Clean Energy Summit today in Las Vegas — Las Vegas Snn [Mobil Link]

    October 10, 2017 — Nevada and Trump administration face off over Yucca Mountain — The state perseveres in its three–decade–long fight against hosting a national nuclear waste repository as support for the project from the White House and Congress resurges — By David Kramer, Physics Today [Print PDF]

    October 10, 2017 — Yucca Mountain not in the “top 10” sites for a repository, Nevada expert says — There is no repository at Yucca Mountain. Yucca Mountain is an unsuitable site for a nuclear waste repository. Nevada was a victim of “power politics” when Yucca Mountain was selected as the proposed site for the nation's nuclear waste. Those were the main themes Tuesday night during "Yucca Mountain 101," a Sierra Nevada Forums' presentation at the Brewery Arts Center's Performance Hall — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

  • Presentation: What's Wrong With Yucca Mountain [30 Page PDF] — Robert Halstead, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects

  • Legislation, Interim Storage,and Alternatives to Yucca Mountain [21 Page PDF] — Robert Halstead, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects
  • Presentation: Yucca Mountain Licensing Proceeding [20 Page PDF] — PDF Marta Adams Adams Natural Resources Consulting
  • October 10, 2017 — CBO finds long–term costs of reviving Yucca Mountain hard to predict — WASHINGTON: House legislation to revive Yucca Mountain would have no significant impact on spending over 10 years, but the uncertainty of the project makes long–term cost increases hard to predict, a report by congressional auditors finds. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it was unknown what the cost increases would be if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a license and the Department of Energy constructed a repository for nuclear waste in Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [Download/Print CBO Report]

    September 27, 2017 — Can $46 billion buy a permanent home for nuclear waste stored at San Onofre, other sites? — Congressmembers shifted on the dais during a meeting this week in Washington, D.C. on the long–term possibility of creating a national spot to store nuclear waste. "To put it bluntly," said Anthony O’Donnell, chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, "the state and local governments have the federal government’s waste, and the federal government has our money" — ocregister.com [Print PDF]

    September 26, 2017 — Officials frustrated over lack of progress on Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Energy industry officials and lawmakers vented their frustration over the federal government's failure to open Yucca Mountain as a permanent storage site for the nation’s high-level nuclear waste at a House hearing on Tuesday.Officials and experts on nuclear waste management said radioactive waste continues to pile up at power plants and in local communities because the Energy Department has failed to develop adequate storage — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 19, 2017 — Carson City site of free forum about potential Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump — A free forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in Carson City will discuss the development of Yucca Mountain as a potential nuclear waste dump as well as opposition surrounding the project — Nevada Appeal

    September 18, 2017 — SCE nuclear waste settlement highlights growing problem for shuttered plants — The recent settlement between Southern California Edison and the activist group Citizens Oversight regarding onsite storage of spent nuclear fuel highlights a growing dilemma for nuclear plant owners, particularly owners that are shutting down reactors — utilitydive.com [Print PDF]

    September 08, 2017 — House expected to act on nuclear waste policy this fall — Representatives in Congress are expected to take up a nuclear waste policy bill this fall that deals with issues tied to the Yucca Mountain project. House Energy and Commerce Committee staffer Andy Zach was in Las Vegas on Thursday to present the congressional outlook on nuclear waste policy and Yucca Mountain. Zach said resuming the licensing process for construction authorization for a Yucca Mountain repository is the most immediate priority — Las Vegas Sun

    September 08, 2017 — Nevada board to consider $1M to fight Yucca Mountain plan — CARSON CITY: Nevada is ramping up its fight against the proposed Yucca Mountain waste dump, with a contract for nearly $1 million for legal services up for a vote Tuesday. This third amendment to the contract with the Virginia firm Egan & Associates would bring the deal's total value to nearly $8.5 million through March 30, 2018. The contract funded through the Nevada attorney general's office is up for consideration Tuesday by the Board of Examiners — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 08, 2017 — Nye County, Nevada spar in Vegas over Yucca Mountain — The difference in the stance on Yucca Mountain taken by the state of Nevada and Nye County came into a sharp focus at the 11th annual RadWaste summit in Summerlin. Nye County Commission Chairman Dan Schinhofen and Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Executive Director Bob Halstead sparred over many aspects of the proposed repository, including science, politics and public opinion on the project during the panel titled "Yucca Mountain Restart." — PV Times [Print PDF]

    Robert J. Halstead, executive director of the governor’s Agency for Nuclear Projects September 05, 2017 —Q+A: State's chief Yucca critic: It's 'almost a religious controversy now' — The once-mothballed proposal for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository looks to be heading for a revival and will be a part of discussions at this week's Radwaste Summit in Las Vegas. Robert J. Halstead, executive director of the governor's Agency for Nuclear Projects, is set to appear on the "Yucca Mountain Restart" panel on Wednesday at the summit, which is expected to draw more than 350 commercial and federal radioactive waste officials from Sept. 5-7. — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    • What's the goal of the "Yucca Mountain Restart" panel?
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    • Will Yucca Mountain supporters outnumber opponents at the RadWaste summit?
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    September 05, 2017 — Energy official says Yucca Mountain ball in Congress’ court — The Trump administration is committed to finding a long–term disposal solution for the nation's nuclear waste, but Congress first needs to fund the effort, a top Department of Energy official said Tuesday in Las Vegas. Speaking at a radioactive waste conference, acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Edward McGinnis said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission cannot restart the licensing process for a permanent nuclear waste dump without an appropriation from Congress — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 05, 2017 — Yucca Mountain opposition to be focus at Las Vegas conference — WASHINGTON: Nevada’s opposition to Trump administration efforts to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project will be underscored Tuesday at a Las Vegas conference on radioactive waste where government and industry experts will gather. “Nevada’s opposition to Yucca Mountain has never been stronger,“ said Robert Halstead, executive director for the state’s Agency for Nuclear Projects — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    September 03, 2017 — On opposing sides, the state, Nye County prepare for Congress to act on Yucca this fall — One of Harry Reid’s most oft–repeated quotes in the tail end of his 30 years in the U.S. Senate was, "Yucca Mountain is dead." "Yucca Mountain is dead. It'll never happen," he said in Dec. 2006. "Yucca Mountain is dead. And I think it's time for opponents to move on," he said in April 2011. "It's pronounced Nev-AD-a and Yucca Mountain is dead," he said in an Oct. 2016 tweet — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF]

    August 28, 2017 — Goodman Cautions Fellow Mayors On Risks Of Yucca Mountain — Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said she works the room at gatherings of fellow mayors to warn them of the potential transportation risks the nation might face should nuclear waste be moved to Yucca Mountain. “We have passed a resolution every year that I’ve been back in Washington with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to repurpose, deactivate, do research, take the money, but don’t transport this garbage across this country,” she said. — KNPR [17.43]

    San Onofre Nuclear Power Station August 28, 2017 — New deal could push nuke fuel out of San Onofre — After a citizens’ group branded San Onofre a “beachfront nuclear waste dump” – and sued Southern California Edison and the California Coastal Commission for failing to consider another home for it – the warring parties struck an agreement Monday to take specific steps toward removing nuclear waste from the region. Activists hope the deal will also kick-start discussions to solve the nuclear waste dilemma nationwide, while others say it accomplishes little — ocregister.com [Print PDF]

    August 24, 2017 — Proceed with Yucca Mountain — Savannah River Site has for years been the nation's de facto nuclear waste dump with the abandonment of the national waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., in 2011. Tons of high–level waste are currently stored at SRS from its decades as a weapons producer, and more recently, as the federal government's destination for weapons-grade plutonium — postandcourier.com

    August 23, 2017 — Nye commission chairman to advocate for Yucca — Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said he will advocate for the restart of the Yucca Mountain licensing application at the 11th annual RadWaste Summit in Summerlin.The summit will take place on Sept. 5–7 at JW Marriott at 221 N. Rampart Blvd. in Las Vegas — pvtimes.com

    August 21, 2017 — Challenges Facing U.S. Nuclear Power — South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) parent SCANA have suspended construction on two nuclear reactors at South Carolina's V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Santee Cooper owns 45 percent of the project and SCE&G owns 55 percent. The reactors have cost the utilities approximately $9 billion and remain less than 40 percent built. Originally scheduled to come online by 2018, the V.C. Summer Nuclear project experienced major setbacks from disputes with regulators and construction problems. Utility officials recently estimated that the reactors would not begin generating electricity before 2021 and could cost as much as $25 billion – more than twice the initial $11.5 billion estimate — palmbeachpost.com

    August 16, 2017 — Congressman: Yucca Mountain Push Just Following "Law Of The Land" — The congressman many in Nevada contend is leading the charge to entomb nuclear waste 100 miles from Las Vegas says he's only following the law. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., told KNPR's State of Nevada that 1987 legislation identifying Yucca Mountain as the sole site under study as a nuclear waste repository remained "the law of the land," even though work there was halted by President Barack Obama — knpr.org 13:03

    August 08, 2017 — Nuclear Regulatory Commission restarts Yucca Mountain licensing process — The nation's top nuclear energy regulator voted on Tuesday to proceed with the information–gathering stage of approving a license for the contentious nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 2–1 to begin actions related to the review of the Department of Energy's license to build the radioactive waste facility after the Obama administration attempted to scuttle the program entirely — washingtonexaminer.com [Print PDF] [More Coverage]

    August 07, 2017 — The Battle of Yucca Mountain — Plans to store the country's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain were considered "dead" after then–President Obama cut off funding in 2010. A change in the Oval Office could change all that. In his proposed 2018 budget, unveiled in March, President Trump included $120 million to revive the nuclear waste site in the Nevada desert, reopening a decades–long battle that the Silver State's federal delegation has vowed to staunchly oppose — thespectrum.com

    August 07, 2017 — Nuclear Energy Institute opposes Texas' request for restitution from Nuclear Waste Fund — The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit opposing a lawsuit by the state of Texas that requests "restitution and disgorgement" payment from the Nuclear Waste Fund — dailyenergyinsider.com

    August 06, 2017 — Trump's former Las Vegas cohorts gird for battle to stop his Yucca Mountain nuclear waste plan — The White House's plan to revive a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has pushed President Trump into an all–out war with Las Vegas, as powerful casino owners and city economic leaders vow to fight the administration tooth and nail over the proposal. Mr. Trump's 2018 budget proposal calls for $120 million to restart licensing procedures for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, which would be less than 90 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and would store roughly 77,000 tons of used nuclear fuel that now sits at sites across the country — washingtontimes.com [Print PDF]

    August 06, 2017 — How The Dream Of America's 'Nuclear Renaissance' Fizzled — A decade ago, utility executives and policymakers dreamed of a clean energy future powered by a new generation of cheap, safe nuclear reactors. Projects to expand existing nuclear plants in South Carolina and Georgia were supposed to be the start of the "nuclear renaissance." — NPR

    August 03, 2017 — Senate confirms Trump's pick for No. 2 at Energy Department — WASHINGTON: An official who will play a key role in any effort to revive the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain was confirmed overwhelmingly by the Senate on Thursday, despite opposition from Nevada's two senators. Dan Brouillette, nominated by President Donald Trump, was confirmed 79–19 to be the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy — Las Vegas Review Journal

    August 01, 2017 — Trump's Interior Secretary May Be The Key To Opening Yucca Mountain — A decision by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to shrink two Nevada national monuments could remove a significant hurdle to storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, experts say — dailycaller.com [Print PDF]

    July 28, 2017 — Nevada official says House vote on Yucca funding no shock — CARSON CITY: The director of the state's effort to stop the federal government from putting a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain says he's not surprised by a vote in the House of Representative to move forward with licensing the facility — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

    July 27, 2017 — Attempts to block funding for Yucca Mountain die in House — WASHINGTON: A series of amendments to block funding to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository died in the House and were not included in a four-bill, $800 billion spending package. An amendment by Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D–Nev., to strip funding to restart the licensing application for the Yucca site failed to pass on a voice vote — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 22, 2017 — Air Force chief objects to Yucca Mountain nuclear routes — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson sees a need to protect the space frontier and envisions bolstering the ranks of drone warfare all while preserving the vast Southern Nevada range that shrinks as fighter jets zip faster across it. What she doesn't see in her crystal ball is a nuclear–waste train rolling across the 2.9–million–acre Nevada Test and Training Range to reach the Department of Energy's planned repository at Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas — Las Vegas Review Journal [View Yucca Mountain "Nevada Rail Routes" Map]

    July 21, 2017 — Yucca Mountain: High stakes and high hurdles — The Trump administration wants to revive Yucca Mountain, the national nuclear waste repository in Nevada that was canceled by the Obama administration in 2010, but the hurdles are high, both politically and financially. President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget included $150 million in funding to revive the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, comprising $120 million for the Department of Energy to support the completion of the licensing process and $30 million for Nuclear Regulatory Commission activities related to Yucca Mountain. On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development approved a $38.4 billion funding measure that included provisions for consolidated nuclear waste storage and for funding to allow the Department of Energy to store nuclear waste at private facilities licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But the subcommittee excluded funds requested to restart the Yucca Mountain relicensing process. — utilitydive.com [Print PDF]

    July 19, 2017 — 3 Nevada lawmakers want to erase funding for Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Three congressional Democrats from Nevada are backing an amendment to a House spending bill that would eliminate $120 million in funding to restart the licensing process for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D–Nev., introduced the amendment one day after a Senate appropriations subcommittee reported out its version of the spending bill for energy and water development that did not include the funding sought by the Trump administration — Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 18, 2017 — Senate appropriations bill moves without Yucca money — A request for $120 million to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project has been rejected for the moment in the Senate as an appropriations bill moves forward without the funding — Las Vegas Sun

    July 17, 2017 — 4.1 earthquake rattles Nevada security site near Yucca Mountain — Geologists say a small earthquake that shook the Nevada National Security Site early Monday occurred along the same fault as a swarm of earthquakes that rocked the area in 1999. The 4.1 magnitude earthquake at 2:27 a.m. was centered about 7 miles northeast of the government town of Mercury at the security site and 4.2 miles below the surface, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Julie Dutton said — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    July 15, 2017 — The Post's View Opinion: Put Yucca Mountain to work. The nation needs it.— ENERGY SECRETARY Rick Perry traveled to Capitol Hill last month , asking Congress for $28 billion in funding for everything from nuclear weapons to clean–coal research. Yet one of the most controversial elements in his department’s budget proposal was a request for a relatively tiny $120 million – to restart work on Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site — washingtonpost.com

    July 13, 2017 — Yucca Mountain Revival Takes Another Step Forward — The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would provide $150 million to the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission for licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository for nuclear waste in Nevada — exchangemonitor.com [Print PDF]

    July 13, 2017 — Yucca Mountain Again — Another "Groundhog Day" has dawned for Yucca Mountain, which is once again being proposed as a geologic repository for the United States' highly radioactive waste. President Trump's budget request includes $120 million to restart the licensing process, and the House is considering legislation to mandate a Yucca Mountain reboot. But the only thing headed for deep burial anytime soon is the nascent "consent-based" approach to siting–in which nuclear waste repositories would be sited only in places where the host community and all affected units of government are willing to accept them — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, 70 Years Speaking Knowledge to Power [Print PDF]

    July 13, 2017 —Rick Perry Considers Permanent Site for Nuclear Waste — On the last day of May, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Rick Perry. It was the second lawsuit Paxton filed against the energy secretary and former Texas governor in three months. Perry is one of a half–dozen defendants named in the two filings at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as Paxton attempts to compel the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, a high–level nuclear waste repository in southern Nevada — washingtonspectator.org

    July 11, 2017 — Trump triggers fight over Yucca waste site — 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. For the first time in at least seven years, the proposed repository for high-level nuclear waste is on the political agenda in Washington, D.C., and lobbyists are dusting off their playbooks to once again advocate for or against the site — The Hill [Print PDF]

    July 10, 2017 — Longtime Yucca fighter: 'We're worried but also optimistic' about waste dump in era of Trump — Nevada is "small, but we're mighty" in the fight to prevent the federal government from siting a nuclear waste dump within the state's borders, according to Marta Adams, a contractor who's been in the fray nearly two decades. The governor, attorney general and secretary of state got a briefing last week on a battle that's simmered for a generation but is nearing the boiling point in recent months because funding for Yucca Mountain is included in the Trump Administration's budget proposal. Lawsuits that would reduce Nevada's ability to make a case against the repository are active, and a bill to advance the project passed a House committee in late June — The Nevada Independent [Print PDF]

    July 10, 2017 — [Opinon] Yucca Mountain bill hijacks Nevada's authority — When John Glenn was serving in the U.S. Senate, after his time as an astronaut, he had an aide who had done some nuclear waste research work for grassroots groups. When the aide briefed Sen. Glenn on the status of nuclear power and the fact that there was no solution for the waste, the senator said something like, "Wow, that would be like if they had shot me off into space with a promise of figuring how to get me back down while I was on the mission." — Published in the Las Vegas Sun: Judy Treichel is the executive director of the Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force

    July 05, 2017 — 1,800 tons of radioactive waste has an ocean view and nowhere to go — The massive, 150-ton turbines have stopped spinning. The mile-long cooling pipes that extend into the Pacific will likely become undersea relics. High voltage that once energized the homes of more than a million Californians is down to zero. But the San Onofre nuclear power plant will loom for a long time as a landmark, its 1,800 tons of lethal radioactive waste stored on the edge of the Pacific and within sight of the busy 5 Freeway — LA Times

    July 03, 2017 — Nevada expected to boost contract to aid Yucca Mountain fight — CARSON CITY: Nevada officials are expected to sign off on a contract Wednesday that is part of the state's efforts to continue the fight against the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The $150,000 increase in the contract between the attorney general's office and Adams Natural Resources Consulting Services will be reviewed by the state Board of Examiners, which includes Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt —Las Vegas Review Journal

    July 01, 2017 — Analysis: Trump pushing to restart Yucca Mountain but hasn't said why — WASHINGTON: candidate Donald Trump came to Las Vegas to face the question all presidential hopefuls who think they can win Nevada must face: Did he support building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain? "I'm very friendly with this area," Trump responded. "I have a hotel here. I will tell you I'm going to take a look at it because so many people here are talking about it. I'll take a look at it, and the next time you interview me, I'l have an answer." —Las Vegas Review Journal

    June 28, 2017 — House panel votes to advance Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project — A House committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to advance a bill meant to move along the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The legislation would set a time limit for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the project and makes a necessary land transfer for the project. It also allows the Department of Energy (DOE) to permit an interim nuclear waste storage site before Yucca has its licensing process completed. If the legislation becomes law, it would bring Yucca closer to reality, 30 years after Congress decided — over the objections of the state of Nevada — to designate the site as the nation's repository for high–level nuclear waste — The Hill [More coverage — Las Vegas Sun

    Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. June 23, 2017 — Energy secretary's Yucca comments irk Nevada's leaders, please Nye County — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the nation has a "moral obligation" to build Yucca Mountain in Nye County. Perry appeared in front of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee on Tuesday, when members of Congress discussed the fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Energy. "We have a moral and national security obligation to come up with a long-term solution, finding the safest repositories available," Perry told the subcommittee. "Listen, I understand, this is a politically–sensitive topic for some, but we can no longer kick the can down the road" — By Daria Sokolova Pahrump Valley Times [Mobil Link] [Print PDF]

    June 22, 2017 — In Renewed Yucca Mountain Effort, Nevada Battles On Multiple Fronts The effort to turn Yucca Mountain into the nation’s nuclear waste repository went mostly dormant during the Obama administration. These days not so much. Nevada is engaged in a multi-front fight to thwart legislative, administrative, and judicial action to revive the licensing process for Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. This week, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the government had a “moral obligation” to find a permanent home for the tons of highly radioactive waste generated by nuclear power plants — KNPR.org 17.04 min

    June 22, 2017 — Perry tangles with Cortez Masto over Yucca Mountain plans — WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry trotted up to Capitol Hill on Thursday for a third congressional hearing over three days and tangled with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto over Trump administration plans to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain project

    June 21, 2017 — [Energy Secretary] Perry says no decision made on interim nuclear waste storage in Nevada WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry clarified a previous statement on interim nuclear waste storage, telling a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that no decisions have been made on temporary sites for spent fuel in Texas, New Mexico or Nevada. Private companies in New Mexico and Texas have submitted applications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to store nuclear waste on an interim basis. Perry created a firestorm Tuesday when he suggested to the House Appropriations subcommittee on energy that the Nevada National Security Site could store waste temporarily — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    June 20, 2017 — [Press Release] Governor Sandoval responds to new suggestion from Secretary Perry to use Nevada National Security Site [Nevada Test Site] as interim storage location for toxic — Governor Brian Sandoval issued the following statement in response to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's remarks during a House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee budget hearing today. During the hearing, Secretary Perry doubled–down on his desire to make Nevada the nation's nuclear dumping ground by suggesting he would like to consider interim storage of high-level nuclear waste at the Nevada National Security Site in the short term — State of Nevada [Print PDF]

    © Greg Nash June 20, 2017 — Perry cites 'moral obligation' to build Yucca nuclear waste site — Energy Secretary Rick Perry implored lawmakers Tuesday to fund licensing efforts for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada. Perry said the United States has a “moral obligation” to build the site, since storing spent fuel at the sites of the nation’s nuclear reactors is dangerous. We have a moral obligation . . . to remove this from as many of these sites as we can and put it in the safest repository,” Perry said at a House Appropriations Committee subpanel hearing Tuesday — The Hill

    June 20, 2017 — [Energy Secretary] Perry backs Yucca Mountain, proposes an interim waste storage site in Nevada — WASHINGTON: Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended a $28 billion budget proposal Tuesday, citing the need for $120 million to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project and develop interim storage that could include the Nevada National Security Site. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, said the suggestion of the Nevada National Security Site was a ”complete blindside“ by the energy secretary and a plan that is “ill-conceived, irresponsible and likely illegal.” — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    June 20, 2017 — Yucca Mountain funding a bright spot for Republicans Trump's budget — President Trump's funding for the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada is emerging as one of the few points of agreement among top House Republicans when it comes to the president's fiscal 2018 budget proposal. "I was glad to see you put money into ... Yucca Mountain. That's something that this committee has put money into for the last several years, and it always gets dropped in conference" between the House and the Senate, said Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, during Tuesday's first budget hearing with Energy Secretary Rick Perry — washingtonexaminer.com

    June 15, 2017 — Bill to expedite Yucca Mountain licensing clears 1st hurdle — WASHINGTON: A bill to expedite the licensing and development of Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in Nevada was passed by a subcommittee Thursday, clearing the first hurdle for legislation expected to be taken up in the House this year. The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment approved the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act on a voice vote. The bill now goes to the full committee for approval — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF}

    June 14, 2017 — Nevada files motion to dismiss lawsuit that threatens state’s ability to fight Yucca Mountain — The State of Nevada’s legal fight against Yucca Mountain took an important step forward this week, with the filing of a motion to dismiss a State of Texas lawsuit that threatens to undercut Nevada’s opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository. Previously, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans granted Nevada’s motion to intervene in the nuclear waste lawsuit State of Texas v. United States of America (Case No. 17-60191) — State of Nevada [Print PDF]

    June 13, 2017 — Titus statement on upcoming yucca mountain hearing — Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District

    Excavating equipment at the site of what will be the world’s first repository for spent nuclear reactor fuel, deep in granite bedrock in Finland. Credit Miikka Pirinen for The New York Times June 09, 2017 — Finland Works, Quietly, to Bury Its Nuclear Reactor Waste — OLKILUOTO ISLAND, Finland: Beneath a forested patch of land on the Gulf of Bothnia, at the bottom of a steep tunnel that winds for three miles through granite bedrock, Finland is getting ready to entomb its nuclear waste.

    If all goes well, sometime early in the next decade the first of what will be nearly 3,000 sealed copper canisters, each up to 17 feet long and containing about two tons of spent reactor fuel from Finland’s nuclear power industry, will be lowered into a vertical borehole in a side tunnel about 1,400 feet underground — nytimes.com [Print PDF]

    Las Vegas Review Journal June 08, 2017 — RTC to examine travel routes for nuclear waste headed to Yucca Mountain — North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee called Thursday for a study on how nuclear waste might travel through Southern Nevada amid concerns that Yucca Mountain could become a repository for the radioactive material. Along with fighting President Donald Trump’s effort to restart licensing activity at Yucca Mountain, Nevada should also help other states wanting to store nuclear waste, Lee said at the close of a board meeting of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    June 07, 2017 — Nye County increases budget for Yucca Mountain — Nye County has increased its budget for activities associated with Yucca Mountain, the county’s financial records show. According to the documents, Nye County’s fiscal year 2018 budget has $60,000 in the administration department for an Akerman LLP contract which was previously paid out of the contingency fund. The Miami–based lobbying firm represents the county in federal lobbying activities including Yucca Mountain — PV Times [Print PDF]

    June 07, 2017 — Texas Takes DOE To Court Over Yucca Mountain Limbo — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a motion with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to have the court force the federal government to re–channel its funds and activities towards a spent nuclear fuel (SNF) storage solution at Yucca Mountain in Nevada — nuclearstreet.com

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) June 07, 2017 — Nuclear agency seeks $30M for Yucca Mountain licensing review — WASHINGTON: The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asked Congress on Wednesday for $30 million and staff to review the expected restart of the license application to permanently store nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada. NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki is seeking the money for Yucca Mountain as part of the agency’s $952 million budget request for fiscal year 2018. Svinicki said the 2018 budget is an increase over this fiscal year and due to $30 million for ”Yucca Mountain activities“ — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF]

    Nevada Sen. Dean Heller answers a question during a town hall at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. on April 17, 2107. (Andy Barron/Reno Gazette Journal via AP) June 06, 2017 — Heller issues warning to Trump administration over Yucca Mountain — WASHINGTON: Nevada Sen. Dean Heller delivered a warning Tuesday to the Trump administration over its plan to restart the licensing process on the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. Heller, a Republican, demanded that Dan Brouillette, the administration’s nominee for Department of Energy deputy secretary, answer questions about those plans. Brouillette’s nomination was advanced by a committee to the full Senate for consideration and a confirmation vote — Las Vegas Review Journakl [Print PDF]

    June 05, 2017 — Bryan Says Yucca Budget Request Shows Nuke Waste Fight Continues — Richard Bryan, who fought the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository as Nevada’s governor and in the U.S. Senate, says the Trump administration wants to make a down payment on restarting work on the site 100 miles from Las Vegas — NPR

    June 04, 2017 — SUN EDITORIAL: From sea to glowing sea: Yucca Mountain a threat to 44 states — Some people richly deserve to be called NIMBYs – Not In My Backyarders, or jerks who oppose practically anything being built near their home regardless of how much it will benefit their community. A bicycle path and walking trail? Reroute it. A soccer complex? Make those noisy kids play somewhere else. A shelter for victims of domestic violence? Take it down the road. But objecting to Yucca Mountain doesn’t make anybody in Nevada a NIMBY, as evidenced by the map [presented below] — Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

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