Commentary August 26, 2020

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca Mountain is off the table and for the United States to begin to consider realistic alternatives for safely managing spent fuel.
Energy Department representatives presented the Yucca Mountain license application to the NRC on June 3, 2008
Energy Department representatives presented the Yucca Mountain license application to the NRC on June 3, 2008 NRC

Believe it or not, there is an issue on which Donald Trump and Joe Biden agree: Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. With the presidential candidates on record, it is time for everyone else to accept that Yucca Mountain is finally off the table, and for the United States to begin to seriously consider realistic alternatives for safely managing the more than 80,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel currently sitting at 72 operating and shut-down commercial nuclear reactor sites across the country.

Read the rest at Bulletin of Atomic Scientists