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May 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
The House voted Tuesday to temporarily store commercial nuclear waste at one or more federal facilities, fearing further delays in a proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The directive was included in a $29.7-billion measure funding the Energy Department, and came over the objections of lawmakers from Washington and South Carolina, two states where the waste from commercial power reactors might be located. An attempt by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.
May 17, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The state won a victory Monday in the struggle with insurance companies to help fund the cleanup of the Stringfellow hazardous waste site in Glen Avon. A Riverside County Superior Court jury found five insurers -- out of 35 that the state purchased policies from -- liable for $16 million to $28 million. The state reached a $93-million settlement with 16 additional insurers in February. After two decades of litigation, the state has so far won $121 million for the cleanup effort.
May 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Members of two legislative committees have agreed to cut in half funding for the state's fight against Yucca Mountain, saying the federal plan to bring a nuclear waste dump to Nevada appears on the verge of collapse. Gov. Kenny Guinn recommended $2 million for the state's Yucca effort in his 2005-2007 budget. But the Senate Finance Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee voted to reduce that amount to $1 million. Republican state Sen.
May 1, 2005 | Jim Robbins, Jim Robbins is a Montana-based freelance writer. He last wrote for the magazine about the West's wild wolves.
Ghosts dwell among the living in Butte, Montana, a mining town haunted by its glory days, when the population was three times what it is now. It is haunted by the thousands of miners who died here, taking copper out of the underground tunnels with drills and dynamite. And from the viewing stand on the lip of a noxious 1,800-foot-deep mine pit that sits next to the Uptown neighborhood, it's clear that the city is also haunted by water.
April 6, 2005 | Elise Castelli, Times Staff Writer
The Department of Energy will not consider seeking a license for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada until investigations into possible falsification of water-safety surveys are complete, officials said Tuesday.
April 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Internal Energy Department memos contend that e-mails by Yucca Mountain workers talking about making up data "are not likely to discredit or bring into question" key scientific conclusions about the proposed nuclear waste dump site. But the memos, released Monday by a congressional committee, also indicate that department officials learned about the problem in early December -- more than three months before making it public.
March 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
The FBI is investigating possible document falsification by workers on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump project in Nevada, a congressional staffer said Wednesday. Chad Bungard, deputy staff director and chief counsel for a House Government Reform subcommittee, said he learned of the probe from the inspector general's office at the Department of Interior, which also was investigating. "I think they're doing the right thing by pursuing the criminal matter in this case," he said.
March 17, 2005 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
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 13, 2005 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
The federal government's campaign to put a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada is in trouble, having encountered political and legal setbacks during the last year that have raised questions about when and even if the project will go forward. The state has stunned federal officials with its tenacity, legal skill and evolving political acumen, scoring key victories in federal court and in Congress that have repeatedly stalled the project 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
February 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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