Thursday, June 05, 2008

Yucca Mountain Application Submitted To Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) submitted its application for licensure of the Yucca Mountain Spent Nuclear Waste Repository to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on June 3, 2008. Yucca Mountain is the site selected to store the nation's spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants. In 2002, President Bush and Congress approved the DOE’s proposal of Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The Center was the leading environmental group supporting Yucca Mountain.

The proposal now requires NRC approval. The NRC has principal oversight of the facility and will employ the same license process it uses to regulate nuclear power plants. It will take three to four years to get approval of the application. DOE submitted a 2009 fiscal year budget of $494.5 million for the project. The DOE has already spent over $10 billion conducting scientific evaluations on the feasibility of using the Yucca Mountain site.

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