Resources on Yucca Mountain

Short NIRS fact sheet (2014) Why Yucca Mountain Would Fail as a Nuclear Waste Repository

December 2014 blog post on GreenWorld by Michael Mariotte: Oops. Not So Fast on Yucca Mountain. Includes links pertaining to the current smoke due to NRC releasing pieces of the Staff’s Safety Evaluation Report on the license application for a repository at Yucca. (more links on that below)

Slides from talk given by Steve Frishman of Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, The Role of Geology at the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

An extensive report on nuclear waste from the perspective of Citizens in the State of South Carolina was published in 2013 by our own Suzanne Rhodes. There is a chapter on Yucca that was up-to-the-minute in late 3013.

A short document from the State of Nevada comparing what has been done already with what would have to be done in the future in order for Yucca Mountain to take any waste (there is no waste there now).

One of the most comprehensive “news wires” on radioactive waste is maintained by the State of Nevada – daily!

Nevada has a huge archive of work it has done on Yucca and HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE WASTE TRANSPORT – much of which is still up to date.

The source document from NRC – VOLUME FOUR of the Safety Evaluation Report posted by NRC Staff

This section of NRC’s SER allows that:
1) DOE does not control the land at the site
2) State of Nevada has denied water rights for construction or operation.

We add that:
The State of Nevada has OPPOSED this site (no “consent”) AND
The Yucca proposal cannot meet the safety regulations it claims to meet (EPA radiation standard) unless the Titanium Drip Shields are, in fact installed – See: this article by former NRC Commissioner Victor Gilinski.

DOE claims the drip shield installation would happen 100 years out when there is no budget, there is no technology for robotic installation and the radiation levels would be too high for workers. Since when does such a thin story constitute “Fact” that an NRC decision to license could rest on… talk about “waste confidence!”

Mary Olson
maryo@nirs.org
NIRS Southeast www.nirs.org
828-252-8409 / 828-242-5621 cell

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