YUCCA MOUNTAIN NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY STILL TO FACE RESISTANCE AFTER REID RETIREMENT

Those jockeying to fill the holes on Capitol Hill created by the looming departure of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are espousing opposition to a permanent Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, raising questions about the viability of pursuing the site as an option for storage as nuclear waste continues to pile up.

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Congress in 1987 designated the Yucca Mountain site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas as the location for a geologic repository for stored radioactive waste from the nation's commercial nuclear reactors, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has yet to complete the license application for the project, which involves extensive and long-term environmental and safety analyses.

Brian Dabbs has the story for subscribers in Yucca Still to Face Resistance After Reid Retirement.