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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nuclear Waste: A Compendium

Nuclear waste disposal is vital to the continued operation and expansion of the nuclear power industry. The U.S. Department of Energy submitted a license application in June 2008 for the nation’s first repository for high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel, planned for Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The inventory of high -level waste and spent fuel would likely exceed the repository’s 70,000 metric ton limit set by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 by the time the repository could begin operation. The repository’s capacity, environmental compliance, and other nuclear waste issues have been the subject of numerous legislative proposals. President Obama took steps to halt the Yucca Mountain project and plans to establish a “blue ribbon” commission to develop alternative waste management options.

Date of Report: June 4, 2012

Number of Pages: 221
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