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    Yucca Mountain: NRC Takes First Step to Follow the Law

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) took a constructive step toward finishing the job on Yucca Mountain. Yesterday, the NRC announced its plan of action to complete the safety evaluation review of the site, calling it “an agency priority.” This comes three years after then-NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko controversially halted the … More

    Court Kicks Yucca Mountain Review Back in Motion

    Despite the politics surrounding Yucca Mountain and the Obama Administration’s policy to terminate the project, a federal court today held the executive branch to its chief role: executing the law. After 468 days of waiting, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today ruled that, despite the … More

    Georgia Leader Beats Drum for Nuclear Energy

    Georgia is riding a wave of new nuclear energy that, five years ago, many thought would be more crowded by now. Georgia Public Services Commissioner Tim Echols, a champion of using market forces to help solve our nuclear waste problems, has seen firsthand how important getting nuclear energy policy right matters. … More

    The President’s Pro-Nuclear Rhetoric vs. His Anti-Nuclear Policies

    President Obama released his Climate Action Plan this week, which laid out his vision for reducing climate change. Regardless of what one thinks about climate change policy, producing more unsubsidized, affordable, clean, reliable, emissions-free power is a laudable goal. That is why, of all the recommendations that the President puts … More

    Senators’ Nuke Waste Plan Renovates When We Really Need to Raze and Rebuild

    Senators Ron Wyden (D–OR), Dianne Feinstein (D–CA), Lamar Alexander (R–TN), and Lisa Murkowski (R–AK) finally released a discussion draft of their much anticipated nuclear waste bill this morning. It essentially accepts the assumption that the federal government should be responsible for nuclear waste management and disposal and that waste producers … More

    A Nuclear Waste Carol

    Yucca Mountain was dead—to begin with. There was no doubt whatsoever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the Senator, the Chairman, the Secretary, and the President. Now three Senators, maybe four, were left to pick up the pieces. On one bitterly cold Christmas Eve, these Senators … More

    Hope Is Not Enough: The Path to Waste Confidence

    From Yucca Mountain to reactor design certifications and post-Fukushima reforms, incoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chair Allison Macfarlane has a multitude of issues before her. One of the most critical and least understood is the “waste confidence” mess caused by the Obama Administration’s nuclear waste policies. A 1979 court decision … More

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Won't Release Unredacted Yucca Documents

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is refusing to release an unredacted version of its safety evaluation reports on Yucca Mountain, leaving the conclusions unknown to the public. The agency notified Heritage that it had rejected an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act. The NRC’s decision comes eight months after Heritage … More