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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: May 10, 2018 11:22 am 
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Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act

This just passed the US House of Representatives 340 to 72.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-enviro ... te-project


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: May 13, 2018 5:11 pm 
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Yucca Mountain’s Lone Ranger Finally Corrals House Attention

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Visiting Nevada’s Yucca Mountain in 2011 was like walking through a ghost town, Rep. John Shimkus recalled in an interview this week. It was the year after the Obama administration surrendered to fervent local opposition and halted work by the Department of Energy to prepare the site to store the nation’s commercial nuclear waste, even though Congress designated it for that purpose in the 1987 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. By the time Shimkus arrived, empty desks and cubicles sat abandoned where hundreds of people had worked on those preparations, which included submitting an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “They just locked the doors and told everyone to take their personal items and leave,” he said. “When you went back, there [were] still coffee cups on the desk.”


I've never been any great fan of Yucca Mountain but the way that the Obama Administration dealt with it was downright criminal. But like most things they did they encountered no resistance from the pliant media. Billions and billions of dollars utterly wasted.

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A military veteran and former high school U.S. government history teacher, he says his Yucca defense is also driven by his advocacy for law and order. He was furious, he said, when he perceived that the Obama administration ignored the law — the 1987 Nuclear Waste Policy Act in which Congress determined that Yucca Mountain should be the nation’s nuclear waste repository. “To have insider politics, presidential politics break the law, that’s what really got me fired up … just the total disregard for the law by the executive branch,” Shimkus said in the interview.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: May 17, 2018 2:14 pm 
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There is enough fissile material lying in once used nuclear fuel in the world to serve as nucleus for recycling of U238 and introduction of a thorium cycle. What we see is the biggest holder intent on making a problem out of an asset and UK and Japan fizzling out after separating the fissile.
It will be left to old nuclear Russia and China to carry on the work. Non-nuclear are brow beaten by nuclear haves in developing a sensible nuclear policy.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Jun 08, 2018 4:46 pm 
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Move to strip Yucca Mountain funds from Energy spending bill fails


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Yucca Mountain revival efforts appear dead – for now


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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Yucca Mountain Halted Again as GOP Aims to Retain Senate

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Heller’s legislative win was not universally celebrated by GOP lawmakers. A top Yucca advocate pointed to Heller’s race as the reason for stripping out the funding. “As we’ve allowed for a decade now, a single senator’s short-term political calculations again triumphed over long-term, bipartisan policy priorities,” Illinois Rep. John Shimkus said in a statement. The blame and disappointment for that outcome, Shimkus said, fall on House GOP leadership for failing “to stand strong on the House position, as well as the president’s position, on funding in the appropriations process.”


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Sep 15, 2018 4:51 pm 
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The inaction comes with a consequence. More than 80,000 metric tons and counting of high-level nuclear waste is stored at nuclear reactor sites in more than 35 states. The longer the waste sits, the more the government will be forced to pay to compensate nuclear power producers for its inaction. Estimates place the government’s liability from nuclear waste at $34 billion and growing.

“I ask these communities not to give up hope,” Shimkus said. “Next Congress, with a new speaker and a new Appropriations chairman, we will have another opportunity to do our job and put policy ahead of politics.”
I don't understand the ignorance. I thought the technical designation is "spent nuclear fuel" according to the original US Naval design ill-suited for terrestrial fission energy. It's not "waste". If NPPs had co-located MCSFR facilities, for example, their onsite SNF would fuel the MCSFR. SNF remains fuel. The mentality of the people in power is puzzling. Talk about an asset in negative terms is an invocation: the bad attitude converts something valuable into waste.

Yucca can be used for something else.

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Trump signals opposition to nuclear waste site in Nevada despite his budget proposals to fund it


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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Katie Tubb column: Congress dithers, Americans pay: What a (nuclear) waste

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Like many Americans, you might not have an opinion on nuclear waste policy. But when you consider what it’s costing taxpayers, that could change. How much? About $7 billion to date (yes, billion with a “b” — 12 zeroes) and years of wasted time, with the near certainty of another $27 billion to $50 billion on the line, all courtesy of the forced generosity of, well, people like you and your neighbors. Some history is helpful. In the 1970s and ’80s, Congress began the work of determining what to do with radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel — not just from commercial nuclear power reactors, but from defense activities such as powering the Navy’s nuclear submarines and cleaning up Cold War and World War II nuclear weapons sites. Congress directed the Department of Energy to collect and store waste starting no later than 1998. It chose some federal land at Yucca Mountain in Nevada to be the destination, so long as it was deemed safe by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. With that vision, the department entered into contracts with commercial nuclear power companies, whose customers in 35 states paid the DOE roughly $750 million a year to fulfill this service.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Nov 08, 2018 12:55 am 
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As merely storing of used fuel costs so much, it is better to recycle it. Till such time as better storage is available, it could be stored on decommissioned ships. A decommissioned carrier with its nuclear power could be used as floating recycling facility. Transuranics, mainly RG plutonium could be used as fissile with thorium. Recovered uranium could be stored as billets. Ways can be found in peace as in war.


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