AUTHORJohnson, Jeff
TITLEYucca Mountain: Building a Final Home for the Nations' Nuclear Waste
PERIODICAL TITLEChemical and Engineering News
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This article discusses U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans for the development of a deep geological permanent repository for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada and reviews the political issues involved with the potential repository. The author describes various characteristics of the Yucca Mountain site and how they address permanent disposal, and discusses the controversial nature of DOE's plan and its political history. He notes the dangers presented by high-level radioactive waste and its disposal, and highlights both the opponents' arguments against the potential repository and the views of those in the DOE, including Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. Additionally, the article mentions the lack of storage facilities in other countries, and specifically cites the case of France, which obtains the majority of its energy from nuclear power.

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