The government’s continuing inability to arrange for the safe, permanent disposal of that waste is costing taxpayers billions of dollars. So far, taxpayers have shelled out $7.4 billion in settlement fees because of the Energy Department’s failure to meet its disposal responsibilities. But those fees are just the tip of the iceberg. Taxpayers can expect to pay anywhere from $28 billion to $50 billion. So what has Congress done to fix the problem? Precious little. For decades, the conversation has focused on where to establish a long-term repository for nuclear waste. Congress thought it had resolved that question in 1987 when it decided Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert was the best site. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found plans for a repository at Yucca Mountain technologically feasible and safe. But Yucca Mountain has turned into a political football and a litmus test for many politicians. Parties have dug their trenches deep: “Yucca or bust” on one side, and “over my dead body” on the other.
Washington Times 13th May 2019 read more »
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said he provided a timeline to remove weapons-grade plutonium from the Nevada National Security Site and agreed to brief the state’s U.S. senators on milestones related to that removal. Perry and Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, who heads the National Nuclear Security Administration, toured the Nevada security site on Friday with Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen. The senators and other state officials raised concerns earlier this year about the unannounced shipment of one-half metric ton of plutonium into the state.
Las Vegas Review Journal 13th May 2019 read more »