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The House voted 340-72 last month to direct the Department of Energy to resume the licensing process for a nuclear waste facility in Yucca Mountain, a remote section of the Mojave Desert that sits about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
In his first initial budget proposal, Trump designated $120 million to restart licensing activities for the permanent and interim storage of waste at Yucca Mountain, although Congress ultimately will determine what happens.
Fulfilling a campaign promise to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has long fought location of the storage site in his home state, Obama established a new policy that any nuclear waste site needs the consent of the local and state governments, effectively blocking further work on the Yucca Mountain project.
Yucca Mountain is no answer to this short-term threat: even if all went well, it would take much more than a decade to build and load.
House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Environment and Energy, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz named Mississippi as a top contender to replace Yucca Mountain as the location at which the nation would dispose of its nuclear waste.
Seven hydrology and geochemistry studies form a companion volume to the 2007 Geology and Climatology of Yucca Mountain and Vicinity.
Among its provisions, the bill requires that within 30 days of passage, the president must certify that Yucca Mountain remains the preferred choice to serve as the federal repository for spent nuclear fuel and defense-related nuclear waste.
The Yucca Mountain site has several geographical, structural, and geophysical characteristics that may be relevant in considering potential alternative uses.
Although the nuclear industry supports the Yucca Mountain licensing process, it must be recognized that the program is bigger than Yucca Mountain itself and that there are advantages associated with ongoing efforts such as the development of a centralized interim storage facility.
My qualifications for writing this letter are that I wrote extensively on environmental economics in the 1960s and 1970s and that I was a member of the first Department of Energy committee to investigate Yucca Mountain during the 1970s.
Yucca Mountain may not only fail to mask our destructive activity; it also seems destined to exacerbate it.