Nuclear Waste: Questions and Proposals


Martin A. Wooten (Editor)
Bernie C. Huber (Editor)

Series: Nuclear Materials and Disaster Research, Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: NAT011000

Almost 30 years ago, Congress addressed increasing concerns regarding the management of the nation’s growing stockpile of nuclear waste by calling for the federal collection of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level nuclear waste (HLW) for safe, permanent disposal. Passed in 1982, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) was an effort to establish an explicit statutory basis for the Department of Energy (DOE) to dispose of the nation’s most highly radioactive nuclear waste. The NWPA requires DOE to remove spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants, in exchange for a fee, and transport it to a permanent geologic repository or an interim storage facility before permanent disposal. This book explores the effects of a termination of the Yucca Mountain Repository Program with a focus on the need for a comprehensive DOE strategy that supports environmental cleanup decisions. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Closing Yucca Mountain: Litigation Associated with Attempts to Abandon the Planned Nuclear Waste Repository
(Todd Garvey, CRS)

Background Paper on Commingling of Defense and Commercial Waste
(Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future)

Commercial Nuclear Waste: Effects of a Termination of the Yucca Mountain Repository Program and Lessons Learned

DOE Nuclear Waste: Better Information Needed on Waste Storage at DOE Sites as a Result of Yucca Mountain Shutdown

Nuclear Material: DOE’s Depleted Uranium Tails Could Be a Source of Revenue for the Government

Nuclear Waste: DOE Needs a Comprehensive Strategy and Guidance on Computer Models that Support Environmental Cleanup Decisions


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