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What is Yucca Mountain?
Over the past 15 years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been studying a site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, to determine whether it is a suitable place to build a geologic repository for the Nation's spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste
Yucca Mountain is located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. Yucca Mountain is on the edge of the Nation's nuclear weapons test site, where more than 900 nuclear tests have been conducted. This unpopulated land is owned by the federal government.
Yucca Mountain is a flat-topped ridge running six miles from north to south that has changed little over the last million years. Based upon what is known about the site, disruption of a repository at Yucca Mountain by volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, or other geologic processes and events appears to be extraordinarily unlikely.
Yucca Mountain has a desert climate. This is important because water movement is the primary means by which radioactive waste could be transported from a repository to the accessible environment. On average, Yucca Mountain currently receives about seven inches of rain and snow per year. Nearly all the precipitation, about 95 percent, either runs off or evaporates. Geological information indicates that the regional climate has scarcely changed over the past million years, and the long-term average precipitation has been about 12 inches per year (comparable to that of present - day Santa Fe, New Mexico). Even if this were to be the case in the future, it is believed that most of the water would run off or evaporate rather than soak into the ground and possibly reach the repository.
A repository would be built about 1,000 feet below the surface and 1,000 feet above the water table. Any precipitation that does not run off or evaporate at the surface would have to seep down nearly 1,000 feet before reaching the repository and through another 1,000 feet of solid, dry rock before reaching the water table. The groundwater in the region is trapped and does not flow into any rivers that reach the ocean.
PROPOSED RULES: Nuclear waste repositories: Yucca Mountain Site, NV; suitability guidelines, 67053-67089 [FR Doc. 99-30668]
Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game:
The Story of the Proposed Yucca Mountain High-Level Nuclear Waste Dump
Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Not a Good Place for Nuclear Waste
Yucca measure loses backing of lawmakers- March 23, 2001
It has been in the interests of the nuclear weapons and nuclear power industries to downplay the health effects of radiation. Open Letter About Yucca Mountain and Nuclear Waste
Why Nevada is Opposed to Yucca Mountain
PLUTONIUM MIGRATION HAS SIGNIFICANT IMPLICATIONS FOR WASTE ISOLATION AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN : In September, 1997, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories reported that plutonium from an underground nuclear weapons test at Pahute Mesa on the Nevada Test Site had migrated almost a mile from the where the test took place. This finding contradicts DOE predictions about how fast plutonium can move through the underground rock. Until now, DOE and its scientists had contended that plutonium movement would be very slow - several inches or feet over hundreds of years. The discovery that plutonium has moved almost a mile in less than 30 years has major implications for DOE's plans to isolate spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, since such wastes contain nearly 1,000 tons of plutonium that remains extremely dangerous for tens of thousands of years.
Tribe asks why waste piling up
Petition to DOE: Drop Yucca Mountain as Nuclear Dump
NUCLEAR WASTE - YUCCA MOUNTAIN -
NEVADA UPDATE: 29 July, 1998
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Yucca Mountain, Nevada
Geologically Young Hydrothermal Activity and its Implication to the
Problem of the High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository
Cross-Section of Yucca Mountain
YUCCA MOUNTAIN SITE CHARACTERIZATION PROJECT
The Siting of Radioactive Waste Storage Facilities
Where I Stand: DOE Assessment of Yucca Mountain a Deceptive Move
Ground Water at Yucca Mountain: How High Can It Rise?
STUDIES OF POTENTIAL YUCCA MOUNTAIN HEALTH EFFECTS
SEEK TO LEARN FROM PAST EXPERIENCE By Marie I. Boutt_
Earthquake could cause flooding of Yucca Mountain repository
September 2, 1997 Courtesy of the University of Colorado
Inside Nevada's Yucca Mountain, a five-mile-long loop tunnel is being
bored for what would be the nation's first permanent nuclear-waste
repository. The state wants construction stopped and Congress might
Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal (Congressional Research
Service Report #92059)
Welcome to the Inyo County Yucca Mountain Repository Assessment Office
NUCLEAR POWER & WASTE
The Yucca Mountain Environmental Impact Statement Process
A Citizen Alert Factsheet
The Yucca Mountain Project:
NukeNet Anti-Nuclear Network
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