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Yucca Mountain

Yucca Mountain, located 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, is the only site under consideration for a proposed repository to store 77,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste from U.S. weapons sites and commercial nuclear reactors. Although Congress capitulated to the nuclear industry's powerful pro-Yucca lobby and voted to overturn Nevada's veto of the dangerous dump in 2002, numerous scientific, economic and policy problems continue to plague the Yucca Mountain Project. In addition to the proposed dump's uncertain future in upcoming regulatory, legislative and legal processes, it also faces opposition by the Obama Administration.

On the campaign trail, President Obama promised that Yucca Mountain would not be an option for nuclear waste storage. His 2010 fiscal budget dramatically cut funding for the project. Shutting the door on Yucca Mountain has given new urgency to the debate on the future of nuclear waste management. The Obama Administration intends to assemble a blue-ribbon panel to examine the options.

Read the organizational group letter to President Obama regarding Yucca Mountain and the re-evaluation of U.S. nuclear waste policy and management.

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