Department of Energy temporarily halts plans to shut down Yucca Mountain

April 16, 2010

Source: Chris Posey

The Department of Energy said it proposed a temporary halt to any actions aimed at shutting down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. According to a statement released by the DOE, "the parties need some time to prepare and the Court needs time to consider the issues." The DOE said it intends to continue receiving recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission for the long term management of our spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.

Once considered a possible geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste, Yucca Mountain has since been deemed an option that is not "workable" with regard to long-term storage of nuclear waste. The DOE withdrew its license application to use the site as such in March, 2010.

The DOE originally filed a license application to use the site as a possible repository for high-level nuclear waste in 2008.

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