But Bob Halstead, executive director of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects and the state's point man in the battle to block the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
, said the incident illustrates the risks of shipping potentially deadly radioactive waste by rail or truck.
Nuclear waste disposal is also costly, and Brown points out that the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
in the United States is billions of dollars over budget and almost 20 years behind schedule.
In the wake of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) submittal in June 2008 of an 8,600-page application for the licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee held a July 15 hearing to assess the program's future.
Members from the state of Nevada asked the committee to review a resolution they had proposed regarding the transportation of hazardous waste to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository
These critics opposed the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
on grounds that transporting nuclear waste to Nevada from around the country would be inherently dangerous.
Last week's Trump administration "skinny budget" proposal, which calls for boosts in defense spending but cuts in domestic funding and federal agencies, found $120 million for starters to "initiate a robust interim storage program" while also looking at reviving the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
Opponents say that's a terrifying plan fraught with risks to public health and the environment, and they're accelerating efforts to kill the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
When the Obama administration came into power, one of its first actions was to end work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
The NWF is a pot of money exceeding $30 billion that consists of fees from nuclear customers and was intended to be used to build the controversial and now-stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
, which would sit 100 miles outside of Las Vegas, was long thought to be dead, given Sen.
The multibillion-dollar Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
project has languished for years in the Nevada desert because of opposition from the Obama administration, environmentalists and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
Department of Energy (DOE) construction authorization application for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository