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EDITORIAL: Obama appeals to a higher power - Washington Times - 0 views

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    "President Obama is looking for help in collaring American nuclear power. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to reconsider its refusal to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste storage project. In doing so, Mr. Obama continues his relentless quest to throttle this politically incorrect form of clean energy while pretending to sustain it.

    In June, a three-judge NRC panel said the Obama administration cannot halt the licensing of the facility without approval from Congress. Now the administration hopes the full five-member commission will overturn the earlier ruling and end the project once and for all. Americans should hope that doesn't happen."
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Atomic waste is wasting taxpayer dollars | lancastereaglegazette.com | Lancaster Eagle ... - 0 views

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    "Thirty years ago, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board selected Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as the nation's only permanent storage site for the radioactive waste from our nuclear power plants. Work proceeded during this period to secure walls and ceilings from possible earthquakes, paving interior roads and installing more extensive infrastructure. All of this added up to expenditures of $10 billion.

    This past March, the U.S. Energy Department notified the board they intended to abandon the Yucca site because it was "too small."

    This must be government at its worst.

    An Energy Department spokeswoman said that the president was establishing a blue-ribbon commission to find a "safe, long term solution" within 18 months."
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NRC sets schedule for Yucca Mountain appeals - News - ReviewJournal.com - 0 views

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    "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission set ground rules Wednesday for appeals of this week's ruling that sidetracked plans to scrap a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste license.

    The agency issued a one-page order setting a July 9 date for appeals and arguments on why the decision issued by an agency legal panel should not be overturned. Follow-up briefs are due July 16.

    Attorneys and officials who follow the Yucca Mountain case interpreted it as a sign that the commission wants to address the issue sooner rather than later. It was widely expected that the leaders of the regulatory agency would have the final word after the initial ruling.

    Based on the schedule for legal briefs and the amount of time taken for the commission to resolve a matter last year in the Yucca case, it is possible that a final decision could come around mid-August, according to Charles Fitzpatrick, an attorney representing Nevada."
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Judges say DOE can't withdraw Yucca application; setback for state, administration - Po... - 0 views

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    "That's what a panel decided today, granting petitions from other states and saying the federal law does not grant authority to DOE to abandon application.

    Surely will be appealed.

    The decision is at right."
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Panel: Yucca Mountain waste dump process continues - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 11:10 a.m... - 0 views

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    "A Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel says the federal Department of Energy can't withdraw its application to build a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

    The NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled Tuesday that Congress directed the DOE to file an application for the Yucca Mountain repository, and directed the NRC to consider it.

    It says letting the department "single-handedly derail" the process would be "contrary to congressional intent."

    The NRC legal panel held hearings on the issue earlier this month in Las Vegas."
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Oasis Near Death Valley Fed By Ancient Aquifer Under Nevada Test Site - Science News - ... - 0 views

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    "Every minute, 10,000 gallons of water mysteriously gush out of the desert floor at a place called Ash Meadows, an oasis that is home to 24 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world.

    A new Brigham Young University study indicates that the water arriving at Ash Meadows is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site.

    The U.S. government tested nuclear bombs there for four decades, and a crack in the Earth's crust known as the "Gravity Fault" connects its aquifer with Ash Meadows."
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NRC panel to begin Vegas hearings on nuclear dump - Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 6:56 a.m. ... - 0 views

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    "A Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel is hearing arguments in Las Vegas about whether the federal Energy Department can withdraw its application to build a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

    Local officials say a decision by the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and Construction Authorization Board will be pivotal to the fate of the Yucca Mountain project.

    A public hearing was expected to take all day Thursday at an NRC hearing facility near McCarran International Airport.

    The panel of administrative judges are also considering which petitioners can be admitted as parties in licensing proceedings, and how millions of documents generated during more than 25 years of study could be archived, maintained and preserved."
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Nevada files motion for Yucca application withdrawal - Monday, May 17, 2010 | 4:12 p.m.... - 0 views

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    "The state of Nevada filed a motion Monday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, asking it to approve the application of the Department of Energy to pull out of Yucca Mountain.

    The regulatory commission will hold hearings in Las Vegas on June 3-4 on the application to withdraw.

    The petition, signed by Texas attorney Charles Fitzpatrick, says the regulatory commission "cannot second-guess an applicant's decision to withdraw a license application.""
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Court gives DOE green light to continue Yucca shutdown - News - ReviewJournal.com - 0 views

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    "The Department of Energy has been given the green light to move full speed ahead with its shutdown plans for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste program.

    A federal appeals court late Monday dismissed a request to freeze termination activities until later this year, after judges have weighed lawsuits challenging the shutdown.

    The order clears the way for the DOE to resume dismantling the Nevada waste repository program that the Obama administration wants to shelve. Remaining federal employees were given pre-layoff notices earlier this year, and the DOE was scheduled to issue a termination letter to the project's management contractor.

    "We welcome the court's decision," DOE spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller said. "It means the court agreed that the department can proceed with winding down the Yucca project responsibly while the litigation proceeds so as not to needlessly waste taxpayer money."

    Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the repository's leading opponent, said the DOE "will resume shutting down the Yucca Mountain Project almost immediately.""
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NRC will render decision on dump license by June 1 - Politics: Ralston's Flash - Las Ve... - 0 views

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    "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, reversing a decision not to act until the courts have, issued an order today that says it will rule on the DOE's motion to withdraw the Yucca Mountain repository license application.

    The order is at right."
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Yucca Mountain nuclear dump locked in court battle - Monday, April 12, 2010 | 2:58 p.m.... - 0 views

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    "President Obama has told his Department of Energy to stop developing the high-level nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain, but it's not that simple.

    A legal battle has developed with three locations filing suit to stop the withdrawal, arguing the Department of Energy doesn't have the authority to close down the proposed dump in Southern Nevada.

    Nevada and the Energy Department have joined to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to withhold any rulings on the suits until the administrative issues are settled before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission."
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Courthouse News Service: DOE Appeals Yucca Mountain Decision - 0 views

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    "The Department of Energy on Thursday served notice that it will appeal a decision that could delay plans to officiallly kill the Yucca Mountain project, a proposed nuclear waste facility just outside Las Vegas that was axed by President Obama shortly after taking office.
    The department challenges an order by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission earlier this week that a federal appeals court rule on legal issues involving the shut-down, including whether the department had the authority to pull the plug on the controversial project."
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Measurements show Mesquite has low levels of radiation | dvtonline.com | Mesquite DVT O... - 0 views

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    "Mesquite Community Environmental Monitoring Program monitor Christopher Vogel says he has measured "a whole lot of nothing" in three years, and that's the way he likes it.
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    Vogel, a science instructor at Virgin Valley High School, and Larry Hathhorn, also a VVHS teacher, both routinely check radiation levels through two different measuring instruments in Mesquite's Community Environmental Monitoring Program station.

    The Mesquite station is one of 29 CEMP outposts ringing the Nevada Test Site. The stations measure ambient or "natural background" radiation levels, continuously monitor gamma radiation exposure rates and contain a radiation badge monitor. The stations are located at far-flung locations in Beatty, Indian Springs, Alamo and Rachel as well as in 20 other Nevada spots, plus others in four Utah communities and one in California."
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OpEdNews - Diary: Las Vegas Radiation Monitors Going Haywire - 0 views

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    "Is an 'area of haze of unknown composition' that crossed into California last week the remnants of a radioactive dust storm from China? Is another on the way?

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    On March 17 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) noted that "an area of haze of unknown composition and origin has entered the US along the central California coast and stretched northeastward across southeast Oregon and into southwest Montana.' The next day, the NOAA tracked the progress of this alien air mass to southwest Nevada: 'Areas of blowing dust are spreading S[outh] across parts of the western US....In Nevada blowing dust can be seen moving S[outh]across the counties of Mineral, Lyon and Churchill." As you keep going east from Lyon and Churchill counties to Mineral county, and then over two more counties, you get to the city of Las Vegas where at 10:00 A.M. that day (March 18) a radiation monitoring station outside the Atomic Testing Museum began to go haywire. "
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Nuclear waste? Not in Yucca's backyard - SmartPlanet - 0 views

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    "After decades of research and debate, Nevada's Yucca Mountain will not become the country's long-term nuclear waste storage facility.

    By long-term, I mean for the next million years or so.

    Due to the high radioactivity of some of the waste, the Supreme Court has ruled that any nuclear repository must be certified geologically stable for one million years."
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Yucca Mountain foes hail historic step to kill nuclear waste depository - Thursday, Mar... - 0 views

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    "The moment that Nevadans had awaited for decades arrived in a flash.

    There, popping up on computer screens in offices in Washington and Carson City, was the news that a slim, 15-page legal document had been filed, taking the biggest step yet - one in a series of giant leaps this year - in dashing long-running government plans for a nuclear waste dump in the desert 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

    "The United States Department of Energy hereby moves ... to withdraw its pending license application for a permanent geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev.," reads the opening line."
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Energy Department withdraws application for Yucca Mountain - Wednesday, March 3, 2010 |... - 0 views

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    "The U.S. Department of Energy today filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to withdraw its application for a license to build Yucca Mountain.

    The agency filed the motion "with prejudice," which means it believes the site is unsuitable and that it has no intention to reopen the license application process."
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Washington state to intervene in Yucca Mountain case - Monday, March 1, 2010 | 7:09 p.m... - 0 views

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    "Washington state announced Monday it would intervene in the federal government's decision to withdraw its license application for a Nevada nuclear waste repository.

    The move marks the latest show of the state's angst over the Obama administration's decision to abandon the Yucca Mountain project as an option for permanently storing high-level radioactive waste.

    Waste and spent nuclear fuel from south-central Washington's Tri-Cities, site of the highly contaminated Hanford nuclear reservation and the Northwest's only commercial nuclear plant, had long been intended to go to Yucca Mountain."
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Book Review - 'About a Mountain,' by John D'Agata - Yucca Mountain, Nevada - Review - N... - 0 views

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    "The mountain that John D'Agata is ostensibly concerned with in his slim but powerful new book, "About a Mountain," is Yucca Mountain, located approximately 100 miles north of Las Vegas. And he's not the only one interested in it: since the mid-1980s, the United States government has been doing back flips to bury the country's entire reservoir of spent nuclear waste - some 77,000 tons of apocalyptic yumminess - deep inside Yucca. In the summer of 2002, the summer after D'Agata helped his mother move to a Vegas suburb, Congress was proceeding with plans to make the mountain a nuclear dump. Also that summer, 16-year-old Levi Presley jumped to his death from the observation deck of a third-rate Vegas hotel. These subjects, disparate though they are, animate D'Agata's sprawling narrative."
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Former Test Site workers closer to cancer compensation from government - Thursday, Feb.... - 0 views

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    "Former Nevada Test Site workers who are seeking compensation from the federal government for cancer they contracted while working on underground nuclear tests are one big step closer to achieving that goal.

    The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health has granted "special exposure cohort status" to individuals who worked at the Test Site from 1963 through 1992, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced today.

    Reid hailed the unanimous vote as great news for workers who served the nation during the Cold War."
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