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September 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Current plans for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain do not include enough space to hold all of the liquid radioactive waste to be produced by the federal government, according to an Energy Department official.
July 8, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Opponents of a plan to bury nuclear waste in Nevada rallied in Las Vegas and called on the U.S. Senate to reject the Yucca Mountain proposal during a vote that could come this week. "This is a huge public health issue for the entire country," said Deborah Huber, one of about 175 protesters. "They talk about homeland security, but transporting this across the country is a terrorists' dream come true."
June 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Jim Hodges ordered state troopers and other authorities to South Carolina's borders to stop federal shipments of plutonium that could begin arriving from Colorado as early as this weekend. Hodges, who has vehemently opposed the shipments, read a statement in Columbia declaring a state of emergency but refused to answer any questions about specific plans for roadblocks or other barricades at the Savannah River Site, a nuclear weapon complex near Aiken.
May 17, 2002 | From Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham acknowledged Thursday that a proposed Nevada waste dump will be too small to accommodate all the nation's nuclear waste and might have to be expanded. Under intense questioning from Nevada's two senators, Abraham conceded that the Yucca Mountain repository as envisioned could handle only a fraction of the waste expected to be generated by commercial power plants and the government in the coming decade.
May 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Members of the Western Shoshone tribe gathered at the entrance to the Nevada Test Site Saturday to protest the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. Nevada's Paiute and Western Shoshone tribes have staunchly opposed the government's plans to dispose of nuclear waste on their native lands. About 30 Western Shoshone members, nine of whom ran a 250-mile relay from their reservation in central Nevada to the Nevada Test Site, were joined by about 100 Yucca Mountain protesters.
WASHINGTON -- Democrats used their weekly radio address Saturday to lash out against the Bush administration's plan to store the nation's nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. "The state of Nevada has vetoed this plan ... but now the president and the Republican leadership in Congress have indicated that they are going to move ahead with the plan anyway," said Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.).
December 16, 2001 | From Associated Press
The Department of Energy has denied Nevada's request to put off new site guidelines for Yucca Mountain, saying they are appropriate measures to judge whether the site might be developed into a nuclear waste repository. Friday's denial, which came in a letter from the Energy Department's general counsel, sets the stage for a lawsuit Nevada officials expect to file in Washington on Monday seeking to halt the Yucca Mountain project. Gov. Kenny Guinn and state Atty. Gen.
June 16, 2001 | Times Wire Reports
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed listing the 252-acre Casmalia Resources hazardous waste dump as a federal Superfund site. Cleanup could cost $272 million. The dump accepted about 5.5 billion pounds of acids, cyanide, pesticides, manufacturing solvents, oil waste, heavy metals and PCBs between 1972 and 1989.
The California Coastal Commission reluctantly agreed Tuesday to allow nuclear waste to be stored at the San Onofre power plant just south of San Clemente for 20 years. The federal government's inability to find a permanent repository for used nuclear fuel makes the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station one of a growing number of nuclear power plants facing the issue of what to do with their spent uranium rods, which will be radioactive for thousands of years.
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