Historical background on the Yucca Mountain and Nevada Test Site with information on Native cultural areas and practices in the region. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office.
DOE's Proposed Action is to construct, operate, monitor, and eventually close a geologic repository at Yucca Mountain for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Under the Proposed Action, spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in storage or projected to be generated at 72 commercial and 4 DOE sites would be shipped to the repository by rail (train), although some shipments would arrive at the repository by truck. The Repository SEIS evaluates (1) the potential environmental impacts from the construction, operations, monitoring, and eventual closure of the repository; (2) potential long-term impacts from the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste; (3) potential impacts of transporting these materials nationally and in the State of Nevada; and (4) potential impacts of not proceeding with the Proposed Action (the No-Action Alternative).
This paper discusses the history, status, and plans for land use and withdrawals of Yucca Mountain for the purpose of site characterization, the construction of the Exploratory Shaft (ES), and a high-level nuclear waste repository should the NNWSI Project be selected for one or both projects. Actions for protecting and acquiring land have been formulated to meet the requirements of 10 CFR 60.121, which states that "The geologic repository operations area shall be located in or on lands that are either acquired lands under the jurisdiction and control of DOE or lands permanently withdrawn and reserved for its use."
The purpose of this hearing is to solicit comments on the nomination of Yucca Mountain for site characterization, to solicit issues to be included in an Environmental Assessment, and to solicit issues to be addressed in the Site Characterization Plan which would subsequently be issued, prior to proceeding with site characterization. This hearing took place in Las Vegas.
Quantitative predictions based on understanding of the processes and parameters potentially affecting the long-term behavior of the potential Yucca Mountain disposal system are used to assess the ability of the site and its associated engineered designs to meet regulatory objectives set forward by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
This publication includes an incoming correspondence log for the Reynolds Electrical & Engineering Co, Inc. and other correspondence and requests for oral presentations for a 1983 public hearing regarding the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.
The Viability Assessment of a Repository at Yucca Mountain describes the nuclear waste problem and explains why the United States and other nations are considering deep geologic disposal as the solution. The overview describes why the Unites States is considering Yucca Mountain and how a monitored geologic repository would work in the mountain. It presents a repository design, an assessment of its expected performance, and an evaluation of the possible effects on people living near Yucca Mountain. Also presented is the work remaining to be completed prior to a license application, along with the estimated cost of building and operating a geologic repository at Yucca Mountain. Finally, based on the information in the viability assessment, the overview concludes with DOE's assessment of whether work at Yucca Mountain should proceed.