Yucca Mountain HLRW Disposal Site:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was supposed to have an operational, permanent, deep-geologic HLRW disposal facility in operation in 1997. It failed to do so. As a result, HLRW continues to be created and is stored at all nuclear reactor sites, with no place to go currently. One site was designated by Congress and President George Bush in 2003 to serve as the nation’s HLRW permanent dumpsite: Yucca Mountain, Nevada (See Yucca Mountain factsheet). However, the site has serious flaws making it unsuitable for the safe, long-term, permanent disposal of HLRW. The site also sits on land belonging to the Western Shoshone First Nation, who contest the DOE’s right to operate the facility there as a violation of the 1868 Treaty of Ruby Valley with the U.S. Government.
Re-starting and funding for this flawed site are proposed in current legislation, H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (see fact sheets below), opposed by most safe-energy groups.