Nuclear Waste: Yucca Mountain Project Behind Schedule and Facing Major Scientific Uncertainties (Google eBook)

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DIANE Publishing, Jun 1, 1993 - 56 pages
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Reviews whether (1) the funding for the scientific investigation of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential site for a nuclear waste repository is sufficient to permit the Department of Energy (DoE) to meet its schedule and (2) initiatives by DoE to streamline the investigation could affect the investigation's scientific quality. Graphs and charts.
  

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Page 11 - The services to be provided by DOE under this contract shall begin, after commencement of facility operations, not later than January 31, 1998...
Page 57 - Jim Wells. Associate Director. Energy and Science Issues. Resources. Community, and Economic Development Division...
Page 12 - Board is composed of scientific and technical experts nominated by the National Academy of Sciences and appointed by the President.
Page 2 - Testimony before the Subcommittee on Nuclear Regulation, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Nuclear Waste Management, Washington, DC., April 4, 1978. 1 (a) USEPA, "Workshop on Issues Pertinent to the Development of Environmental Protection Criteria for Radioactive Wastes
Page 48 - Congress defer consideration of legislation that would change how funds are provided to DOE from the Nuclear Waste Fund for use on the disposal program until (1) the Secretary of Energy has completed the review of the program that we recommended; (2) an independent review of the program, such as that recommended by the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, has been completed; and (3) appropriate legislative policy, and/or programmatic changes to the program have been implemented.
Page 11 - ... the Federal government has the responsibility to provide for the permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste and such spent nuclear fuel as may be disposed of in order to protect the public health and safety and the environment...
Page 2 - DOE to characterize three potential repository sites, and upon formal selection of one, apply to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a license to construct a repository. The owners and generators of...
Page 10 - ... high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel have become major subjects of public concern, and appropriate precautions must be taken to ensure that such waste and spent fuel do not adversely affect the public health and safety and the environment for this or future generations.
Page 3 - GAO: ...DOE recently compressed the time permitted for various scientific studies, and to reduce costs, is considering similar reductions in the project's scope. This initiative could increase the risk that the site investigation will be inadequate and comes at a time when unanticipated technical issues have emerged that could lengthen the...
Page 64 - SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION ON THE NUCLEAR WASTE TECHNICAL REVIEW BOARD The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (the Board) was established as an independent agency of the Federal government on December 22, 1987, in the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (NWPAA). The Board is charged with evaluating the technical and scientific validity of activities undertaken by the Secretary of Energy, including (1) site-characterization...

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