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November 18, 2017

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Yucca Mountain
Last Featured: 5/19/2003

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Overview

Mobile Chernobyls. That is how opponents of the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada describe the transport of tons of radioactive waste from more than 100 temporary storage sites at nuclear power plants across the nation. Over the objections of Nevada’s Governor and its citizens, Congress recently voted to locate a permanent facility at Yucca Mountain, a 90 minute drive northwest of Las Vegas. Proponents say long-term underground storage at a central location is the best and safest solution to the nuclear waste problem, but opponents warn that the mass movement of radioactive material creates ready targets for terrorists and endangers millions of Americans. Is Yucca Mountain a reasonable solution or a nuclear nightmare in waiting?


Guests
Angie Howard is executive vice president of policy, planning and external affairs for the Nuclear Energy Institute. Before joining NEI, Ms. Howard was vice president and director of industry relations and information services for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and worked for Duke Power Company from 1969 to 1980. A graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, Ms. Howard has completed the Reactor Technology Program for Utility Executives sponsored by MIT and the National Academy for Nuclear Training.

Joan B. Claybrook is the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit public interest advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader that works on issues of health and safety, civil rights, clean and safe energy sources, and accountability in the marketplace. Prior to joining Public Citizen, Ms. Claybrook was an administrator with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a lobbyist for Public Citizen's Congress Watch. She has received honorary doctor of law degrees from Goucher College and Georgetown University as well as an honorary doctor of public service from the University of Maryland.

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"Change is one thing; progress is another. Change is scientific; progress is ethical. Change is indubitable whereas progress is a matter of controversy."

— British philosopher, Bertrand Russell

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Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (with amendments and additions from 1992)
Resolution approving the Yucca Mountain Site: H. J. RES. 87
Yucca Mountain Project Home Page
Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
EPA Yucca Mountain Site
Nuclear Energy Institute
Public Citizen
Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Photo and location of Yucca Mountain
The Sierra Club
Representative Shelley Berkley (NV)
Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force
Western Shoshone Nation
Sacred Land Film Project
National Safety Council
Citizen Alert
State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects
Nuclear Reactions: The Politics of Opening a Radioactive Waste Disposal Site
by Chuck McCutcheon
The Tainted Desert: Environmental and Social Ruin in the American West
by Valerie Kuletz
Are Current Water Policies Leaving Us High and Dry?
The Future of the Oceans
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming