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Yucca Mountain Research Collection: Yucca Mountain Project Timeline

Information and resources for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Yucca Mountain Research Collection

Yucca Mountain Timeline Background

Work on the Yucca Mountain Project began in the early 1980s and lasted about three decades. In 2017, the project was again added to President Trump's proposed budget, breathing life into repository work that had been essentially dead since 2009. In this timeline you will find the dates of historical building blocks to nuclear waste in the United States, and the selection of Yucca Mountain as the nation's only high-level nuclear waste site. You will also find dates of major landmarks in scientific work for the Yucca Mountain Project, with the legislation and legal battles that followed it through the years.