Mineral County Nevada
Yucca Mountain Oversight Program:
Mineral County Yucca Mountain Oversight Program was created when the Nuclear Waste Policy Act as amended NWPA, designated the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada as the only site to be considered for a geologic repository for disposal of spent fuel and high-level nuclear waste. The NWPA also provided for the Affected Units of Local Government (AULG) within the vicinity of Yucca Mountain to oversee and participate in the Yucca Mountain Project. By affording AULG participation rights, Congress sought to increase public confidence in the scientific integrity of the repository program, provide citizens the means to interact with the federal government, and demonstrate a commitment to external oversight.
November 21, 2013 - MEMORANDUM AND ORDER On August 13, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision granting a writ of mandamus, and directing the NRC to resume the licensing process for the Department of Energy's Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository construction authorization application. "We issued an order seeking comment from the participants in this adjudication as to how the agency should continue with the licensing process. Today we detail the course of action we have selected. "
August 13, 2013: A federal appeals court ordered that the licensing process for a nuclear waste storage facility in southern Nevada to resume.The Yucca Mountain project in Nye County, NV, 100 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada, was built as a nuclear waste storage facility, and was originally slated to open in 1998. However, legal challenges and a cut in federal funding has delayed the project indefinitely.
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh sided with petitioners by granting an order (Petition for Writ of Mandamus) that would move the licensing process for the facility, which has been stalled since 2011, forward.
"Our more modest task is to ensure, in justiciable cases, that agencies comply with the law as it has been set by Congress," Kavanaugh said in the ruling. "Here, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has continued to violate the law governing the Yucca Mountain licensing process."
Kavanaugh referenced the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which was passed by Congress and then signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The law calls for the NRC to consider an application to store nuclear waste at the mountain site and issue a decision within three years of the submission. He said that application was submitted in June 2008, but the NRC's deadline on a decision has passed.
United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT
United States Government Accountability Office, Congressional Requesters
Report on: COMMERCIAL NUCLEAR WASTE Effects of a Termination of the Yucca Mountain Repository Program and Lessons Learned
NEI - The Economic Impact of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository on the Economy of Nevada According to a study of the economic impact of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository on Nevada undertaken by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the project will add $228 million annually to Nevada's economy during construction and $127 million annually during operation. Source: NEI
Mineral County's programs on-going task and goals:
We review activities of:
- The Department of Energy (DOE), Yucca Mountain Project (YMP),
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC),
- Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB),
- Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (ACNW), and;
- Other related agencies to analyze any potential economic, social, public health and safety impacts the proposed repository might have on Mineral County residents under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.
We continue to review and analyze project activities which include tracking national transportation routes and modes of transportation and any other transportation activities that have potential impacts to Mineral County residents and/or visitors regarding the possible shipment of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel through Mineral County along the U.S. 95 highway corridor.
We are conducting analysis with respect to property value impacts and other potential land use impacts that have probable economic and health and safety issues related to the DOE EIS supplemental for, and environmental impacts regarding high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel that may be shipped through Mineral County en route to Yucca Mountain. (Please see our publications page)
We are preparing optimal land use analyses utilizing the Mineral County’s GIS data that will incorporate findings of the risk perception and property value impacts regarding high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel that may be shipped by truck through Mineral County and provide this information to the Mineral County elected officials and the public.
Funding provided to Mineral County and all the Affected Units of Local Government (AULG) is paid by users of electricity generated by nuclear power plants. Under a general contract with nuclear generating utilities, the federal government collects a fee of one-mill (one-tenth a cent) per kilowatt-hour from utility companies for nuclear generated electricity. The money goes into the nuclear waste fund which is used to fund all program related activities.