Energy Department Withdraws Yucca Mtn. License Application
Source: The Wall Street Journal, Siobhan Hughes (3/4/10)
"[The department] hopes to develop a new plan for long-term disposal of nuclear waste."
The Obama administration's Energy Department has said that it hopes to develop a new plan for long-term disposal of nuclear waste. The Energy Department has established a blue-ribbon panel to make recommendations.
The application has been pending with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission since June 2008, when the Bush administration applied for a license for the first national repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The Environmental Protection Agency later set radiation standards for the proposed facility, and the government awarded a $2.5 billion contract to a URS Corp. unit to manage the facility.