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Panel selected to review nuclear waste options

Panel selected to review nuclear waste options

The Obama administration has appointed former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft to oversee a commission that will recommend alternatives to Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for storing spent nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
The commission will have 15 members, including scientists, industry representatives and former elected officials, the Energy Department said Friday.
Congress had designated Yucca Mountain as the site for the nation's first permanent nuclear waste repository. Nevada lawmakers, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have opposed the site strongly, which is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas.
President Barack Obama also said he does not view Yucca Mountain as a workable option. He and Congress have cut spending drastically for developing the repository, providing just enough to keep the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission moving forward with a license application in favor of the project.
The commission will recommend alternative solutions in an interim report within 18 months. A final report will be completed within two years.
One thing is clear from Thursday's announcement: Yucca Mountain will not be considered as an option, officials said.
"As the president has said many times, we're done with Yucca. We need to be about looking at alternatives," said Carol Browner, an Obama adviser on energy and climate change.


Updated : 2021-04-22 05:03 GMT+08:00