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Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal


Management of civilian radioactive waste has posed difficult issues for Congress since the\r beginning of the nuclear power industry in the 1950s. Federal policy is based on the premise that\r nuclear waste can be disposed of safely, but proposed storage and disposal facilities have\r frequently been challenged on safety, health, and environmental grounds. Although civilian\r radioactive waste encompasses a wide range of materials, most of the current debate focuses on\r highly radioactive spent fuel from nuclear power plants. The United States currently has no\r disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel.\r The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA) calls for disposal of spent nuclear fuel in a deep\r geologic repository. NWPA established the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management\r (OCRWM) in the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop such a repository, which would be\r licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Amendments to NWPA in 1987\r restricted DOE\'s repository site studies to Yucca Mountain in Nevada. DOE submitted a license\r application for the proposed Yucca Mountain repository to NRC on June 3, 2008. The state of\r Nevada strongly opposes the Yucca Mountain project, citing excessive water infiltration,\r earthquakes, volcanoes, human intrusion, and other technical flaws.


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Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Aug 30,2011  Pages: 24]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Jun 22,2011  Pages: 23]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Jul 16,2010  Pages: 23]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Apr 09,2010  Pages: 22]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Sep 04,2009  Pages: 21]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Oct 07,2008  Pages: 23]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Oct 01,2008  Pages: 22]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Apr 16,2008  Pages: 20]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Nov 26,2007  Pages: 21]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Jul 09,2007  Pages: 20]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Mar 14,2007  Pages: 20]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Dec 20,2006  Pages: 21]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Sep 19,2006  Pages: 20]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Aug 08,2006  Pages: 20]

Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal  [Order No: RL33461  Release Date: Jun 09,2006  Pages: 19]