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Nuclear Firms see Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel as a Money Making Proposition

September 8, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Fuel Storage

For years spent nuclear fuel has been pilloried as a “waste” on the assumption that once it has been used, it is done, once and forever. The only thing left to do is to find someplace safe to dispose of it. That “place” was going to be Yucca Mountain in Nevada.[read more]

Yucca Mountain and Vermont: Scofflaws in High Places

August 21, 2013 by Meredith Angwin

Yucca, Laws, and the Constitution

Last week saw two court decisions that favored the nuclear industry. Both were about groups that had taken actions that were illegal for them to take. The first was the appeals court victory for Vermont Yankee. The second was a Writ of Mandamus about Yucca Mountain.[read more]

Marriage and Nuclear Waste Management

April 17, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

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In terms of interest bargaining, the nuclear waste issue is a key platform for building trust and collaboration in the near term, and enabling growth in the long term.[read more]

DOE's Spent Fuel Strategy: Disappointing for Nuclear Advocates

January 17, 2013 by Steve Skutnik

There is a hallowed tradition in Washington known as the "Friday Document Dump," in which news and announcements the government wishes to bury are strategically timed for Friday afternoons. The Obama Administration's Blue Ribbon Panel response, released on Friday, seem to "lay out the next set of milestones for the nation's spent fuel management program to miss." What a disappointment.[read more]

Yucca Mountain is Dead. Long Live Yucca Mountain!

December 4, 2012 by Steve Skutnik

Last October, during the Republican primaries, I made a prediction regarding the future of Yucca Mountain - namely, don't bet on it. Not, of course, because it's particularly deficient on a technical level (it's not perfect, but you can judge the science that went into it for yourself.) But rather, the battle for Yucca mountain left its...[read more]

Court’s Waste Confidence Ruling

June 29, 2012 by Dan Yurman

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It Bolsters Nuclear Opponents’ CauseTwo recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia show just how much time, money, and political capital have been wasted on developing a rational solution to the political problem of managing the nation’s spent fuel.The first ruling, handed down by the Court of Appeals on...[read more]

Jaczko Must Go

December 14, 2011 by Rod Adams

My professional work habits and standards were formed by 33 years in the US naval service, an organization with a proud tradition of developing independent decision makers who could be entrusted with billions of dollars worth of national assets and thousands of lives. Our tradition includes demanding training, strong mentoring programs,...[read more]

White House Issues Apology By Jaczko

December 13, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Chief of Staff Bill Daley breaks White House silence over escalating conflicts about the NRC The shouting may be over in the long simmering dispute that broke out into the open last Friday at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko has issued an apology via the White House to the other four commissioners...[read more]

Jaczko Explains Yucca Shutdown and Discouraging License Applicant

November 8, 2011 by Rod Adams

On November 3, 2011, Thalia Assuras of EnergyNow conducted an extended interview with NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko regarding Yucca Mountain, used fuel storage, the lengthening process of getting a license from the NRC, the reasons why nuclear license applicants are getting discouraged, and the possibility that the courts might direct the NRC...[read more]

The GOP Debate: Don't Bet on Yucca Mountain

October 21, 2011 by Steve Skutnik

The Obama administration's controversial decision to zero-fund (and effectively cancel) the Yucca Mountain spent fuel repository - in violation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act - was generally regarded as a decision which would only be reversed by a subsequent administration. (One can argue about whether the 1987 amendment to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act mandating Yucca mountain was a good or fair idea, but it still is the law, bad law as it may be.)[read more]

Spent Fuel Draft Report Has Few Surprises

July 29, 2011 by Dan Yurman

The Blue Ribbon Commission calls for interim storage and finding a new geologic repository, but nixes reprocessing as a near term strategy A council of wise men and women is Washington is almost always called a “Blue Ribbon Commission,” which may make its members feel like a slice of prize peach pie at the county fair. This one,...[read more]

Strange Feeling – I Never Even Liked The Yucca Mountain Project

June 16, 2011 by Rod Adams

Circumstances sometimes create some rather strange alliances. This week, despite being a proud liberal who proudly supports public education, comes from a family of union school teachers, appreciates the value of being covered by a single payer medical plan and voted for President Obama, I find myself cheering for a group of...[read more]

Jaczko Decided To Halt Yucca Review By February 2010, Not October 2010

May 12, 2011 by Rod Adams

Chairman Gregory Jaczko testified recently that the NRC decided to begin closing down the agency’s effort to review the Yucca Mountain license application in early October, 2010. Some of his fellow commissioners testified that they did not agree with the decision and they do not agree that the commission has made the policy decision to...[read more]

Unhappy About Management Of Spent Fuel?

March 31, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Blue Ribbon Commission says that applies to just about everyone A government special study group that is looking at the future of management of spent nuclear fuel has released a summary of testimony it has heard over the past year. The staff report, which makes no recommendations, is a set of talking points about the things people have...[read more]

Russia. Yucca Mountain. Serious Subjects. Silly Videos.

November 30, 2010 by Meredith Angwin

I'm not quite sure why I think these videos go together, but somehow I feel they do.The first video is real. Vladimir Putin teasing Germany about not building new nuclear plants.The second video is a satire about Jaczko and Yucca Mountain, shamelessly stolen from Dan Yurman's blog yesterday. Dan found it on a Wall Street Journal blog....[read more]