Trump Sparks Fight Over Nuclear Mountain

13 Jul 2017   Nuclear

Nuclear power experts have proposed taking the disposal and storage of nuclear wastes out of the hands of the Federal government and placing it with a new corporate entity. The federal government has for decades received in essence nuclear “tipping fees” amounting billions of dollars from nuclear power generators but still has no waste storage facility in place. Technically the government has several high level nuclear waste disposal sites: Hanford (WA) with its recently well publicized difficulties; the relatively new salt cavern facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico which in 2014 experienced a fire caused in part by kitty litter (yes, that kitty litter); and the planned but dormant site for commercial nuclear spent fuel at Yucca Mountain (NV). In recent weeks, Energy Secretary Perry and other administration officials have discussed the need to push on with the development of the Yucca Mountain site as the nation’s principal repository for […]

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