US Court: No Dithering on Nuke Waste Project
Nuclear Regulatory Commission told to decide on Yucca Mountain facility
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 4:51 PM CDT
This June 10, 1992, handout file photo shows the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump in Mercury, Nev.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – The plan for a long-delayed nuclear waste dump limped forward today, possibly toward its own demise. A federal appeals court told the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it must decide on whether to approve the facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, Reuters reports. But the Obama administration and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who is from Nevada, are aiming to scuttle the project and would likely block future funding.

The Yucca debate dates back some 40 years, when the US wanted a place to store its nuclear waste. That waste is now held at more than 100 sites, a solution approved by the NRC as long as a national repository is constructed within 60 years. The NRC made no comment on the ruling, but has just $11 million left for the project. Dissenting judge Merrick Garland said the ruling adds up to "little more than ordering the commission to spend part of those funds unpacking its boxes, and the remainder packing them up again."

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NorCalHal
Aug 14, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
So after the nation has invested 40 years and BILLIONS of dollars Obumbler wants to cancel the project. And WHAT does he propose to do with the radioactive nuclear waste? Oh, I forgot, He doesn't have ANY original IDEAS of his own he just blames the other party for all his screwups and problems! I guess that is why he has never fashioned himself after Truman and his "The buck stops here" philosophy.
$28919642
Aug 14, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
NIMBY-ism. Bah.
HD3822
Aug 14, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
Would have been nice if all this could have been settled a really long time ago.