March 17, 2005 |
Two federal agencies launched investigations Wednesday into evidence that government scientists had submitted phony data to help prove that a proposed nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada would be safe. The disclosure could delay the long-troubled project and undermine assurances that the waste dump would pose no harm to the public for thousands of years.
February 10, 2005 |
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told lawmakers that while the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project in Nevada would be delayed, the government was "very focused and committed" to building the facility. Bodman was questioned about the Bush administration's commitment to the program after the Energy Department said it would ask for only $651 million for it in the next fiscal year.
January 27, 2005 |
The Energy Department intends to submit a license application by the end of the year to open a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada, more than a year later than planned, according to President Bush's nominee to head the department. Samuel Bodman's comments on a timetable to use the Yucca Mountain repository came in response to questions from members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during confirmation proceedings in Washington.
August 11, 2004 |
Sen. John F. Kerry seized upon one of Nevada's longest-running controversies Tuesday, vowing to block creation of a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain and accusing President Bush of breaking his 2000 campaign promise to do the same. "This is not just a Nevada issue," Kerry said. "It's about the relationship between people who lead and people who govern and you, the citizens, the American people."
July 10, 2004 |
An appeals court on Friday upheld the government's decision to single out Nevada as the site of a nuclear waste dump but ruled that the federal plan did not go far enough to protect people from potential radiation beyond 10,000 years in the future.
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April 2, 2004 |
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday a $100,000 settlement with a dredging company for ocean dumping violations that occurred during a harbor-deepening project at the Port of Richmond in 1998. Barges used by the Manson Construction Co. of Seattle spilled more than 20,000 cubic yards of dredged material on their way to an EPA-approved ocean disposal site 50 miles west of San Francisco and 9,000 feet deep.
March 6, 2004 |
An Energy Department official had no immediate answers Friday for a congressional panel seeking details of federal plans for shipping spent nuclear reactor fuel to a national radioactive waste dump in Nevada. Gary Lanthrum, director of the department's Office of National Transportation, said the Energy Department would make public in about six weeks whether it will use trains, trucks or a combination of both to get the nation's most radioactive waste to Yucca Mountain.
November 23, 2003 |
President Bush broke his campaign promise to Nevadans and rushed ahead with plans to develop a national nuclear waste repository in the state, the speaker of the Nevada Assembly said in the weekly Democratic radio address. The decision by the Bush administration to move forward on the Yucca Mountain project has serious consequences not only for Nevada but for the 38 million Americans who live near the highways and rail lines where the waste will be hauled, Speaker Richard Perkins said.
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July 28, 2003 |
Walking through an abandoned U.S.-owned factory, Lourdes Lujan cringes at the sight of mounds of broken battery casings and corroded barrels of lead slag. She covers her nose to block the noxious smell and pulls down her sleeves to shield her skin. Lujan blames the battery-recycling plant -- just a few hundred yards from her home -- for the red welts on her arms, the swelling in her daughter's chest and the high levels of lead in her sons' blood.
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April 6, 2003 |
Contamination from a hazardous-waste dump on the former El Toro Marine base threatens to complicate the Navy's plan to auction off a portion of the base for new homes this summer. The closed 9-acre dump was used for discarded construction material, and in a recent environmental report, released in draft form, the Navy gave the dump site its worst possible rating for contamination. According to the Navy, that means the land in its present condition cannot be sold or leased.