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Advice to the Blue Ribbon Commission

June 16, 2010 by Dan Yurman
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  Management of spent nuclear fuel would be a good ideaSince the dawn of the era of commercial nuclear power, the prevailing paradigm has been the “once-through” model which assumes after fuel bundles have cooled off, they can be shipped to a geological storage site for permanent burial. It’s a 19th century idea that like...[read more]

New interest in doing more with spent nuclear fuel

April 15, 2010 by Dan Yurman

President Obama’s nuclear summit and DOE’s retreat from Yucca Mountain bring them out The combination of an meeting of international leaders and a high profile ‘blue ribbon commission’ are bringing out ideas to be taken seriously about what to do with spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors. Similar ideas are getting parallel...[read more]

Tamar’s Law – Dale Klein

March 21, 2010 by Dan Yurman
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Outgoing NRC Commissioner says Yucca license was withdrawn for all the wrong reasons Guest Column by: Tamar Cerfici* I spoke with Dale Klein (left) at the NRC’s Regulatory Information Conference, or RIC, last week just before he left for IAEA meetings in Europe and the Middle East. The Senate approved President Obama’s slate of...[read more]

A tale of two speeches

March 11, 2010 by Dan Yurman
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NRC Commissioners talk about Yucca Mountain The New York Times has excellent coverage this week of two speeches by NRC Commissioners Gregory Jazcko (right) and Dale Klein.  What’s significant about them is that both proceed from the point of view of the chairman’s role.  Jazcko is the current chair and Dale Klein is the past...[read more]

DOE’s Non-Performance On Permanent Storage Of Spent Nuclear Fuel Costs Billions

November 17, 2009 by Tim Hurst

With the Obama administration passing on nuclear reprocessing and the hopes of storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain all but gone, the future for spent nuclear fuel in the U.S. remains uncertain. This is a guest post by Kimberly R. Reome, Vice President and Krista M. Haley, Principal, The Kenrich Group As the U.S. electric industry...[read more]

William Ramsey on emerging nuclear markets

November 10, 2009 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Becomes ‘A Real Business Opportunity’ For China and IndiaThis is the full text of an interview with William Ramsay, (right) director of the energy program at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. He talked Nov 9 to NucNet about emerging nuclear markets in China and India, and the future of Yucca Mountain. [...[read more]

Shed No Tears for Yucca Mountain

March 9, 2009 by William Tucker

“White House Buries Yucca,”read the headlines on Friday after Secretary of Energy Steven Chu told a Senate hearing that the Nevada repository is “no longer an option” for long-term storage of nuclear waste.Instead, Chu said, the Obama Administration will cut all but the most rudimentary funding and be content to allow spent fuel rods to...[read more]

The other Yucca numbers

August 6, 2008 by Lou Grinzo

Yucca Mountain is the epitome of a radioactive topic (no pun intended), and it’s in the news again, thanks to a big jump in its projected cost: The Yucca Mountain program, which began in 1983 and is expected to close in 2133, is expected to cost $96.2 billion in 2007 dollars over its 150-year life cycle, up 67 percent from a 2001...[read more]

McCain Obama square off over nuclear energy

June 24, 2008 by Dan Yurman
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Nevada is the place to go if you want an anti-nuclear crowd Republican presidential candidate John McCain made lots of news last week in an speech about energy policy in which he called for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, predictably, saw this as a chip on McCain's...[read more]

YFeds file license for Yucca to open in 2020

June 8, 2008 by Dan Yurman

Opponents say it will never happen.NRC's Klein says a delay at Yucca is unlikely to stop the nuclear renaissance The U.S. Department of Energy submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeking the authority to build the nation's first geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel and high level waste...[read more]