Yucca Mountain. Just a mountain you may think, but not just any mountain. A mountain that our Congressmen decided would be a great repository storage facility for spent nuclear reactor fuel and other radioactive waste. 196 billion dollars were spent towards this project. Back in 1987, this project was the ideal project to store radioactive waste. As the 1990’s and 2000’s crept in, Nevada’s residents were against this idea big time. Funding for the Yucca Mountain Repository was discontinued by Congress in February 2010. I disagree with this discontinuation.
There are many advantages supporting Yucca Mountain’s Repository idea. Like I stated in the previous paragraph, this project has been cut off. Although 196 billion tax dollars has been spent towards this project, Nevada doesn’t want it. Many taxpayers are probably ranting and raving over what their tax dollars have been going towards in the past nineteen to twenty years, a project that is not only thought of, but a project that has been built. Why not just use it if it’s already built? You are probably asking that same question. I say we just use the facility after spending money and building it. It’s built, but we can’t use it? That’s nonsense.
Nevada feels that it is unsafe for its communities and tourism. Research shows that Yucca Mountain is located within the ridge line in the south-central part of Nevada. This ridge is composed of volcanic material(mostly tuff) ejected from a now extinct caldera-forming super volcano. The Department of Energy was to begin accepting spent fuel at Yucca Mountain Repository by January 31, 1998, but as you can see we are in the year 2010 and Yucca Mountain is still not open. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a statute time limit of three to four years to complete its safety and analysis and public hearings. The earliest estimated date for starting construction is 2013. The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management’s current projected...
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