DOE SHOCK: YUCCA LICENSE WITHDRAWAL DENIED

The following statement was released by NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to explain the decision to deny the license withdrawal:

“We do so because the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, as amended (NWPA),7 does not permit the Secretary to withdraw the Application that the NWPA mandates the Secretary file. Specifically, the NWPA does not give the Secretary the discretion to substitute his policy for the one established by Congress in the NWPA that, at this point, mandates progress toward a merits decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the construction permit.”

Click here for the entire ASLB order denying motion to withdraw

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

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  • White Flinter

    The ASLB decision is a true profile in courage by some unheralded and valiant civil servants. It drives a stake through the heart of DOE’s cynical ready, fire, aim Yucca strategy. It is also a huge repudiation of Chairman Jaczko personally as well as his heavy-handed attempt to jury rig this decision. Here’s to hope and change.

  • White Flinter

    The ASLB decision is a true profile in courage by some unheralded and valiant civil servants. It drives a stake through the heart of DOE’s cynical ready, fire, aim Yucca strategy. It is also a huge repudiation of Chairman Jaczko personally as well as his heavy-handed attempt to jury rig this decision. Here’s to hope and change.

  • White Flinter

    The ASLB decision is a true profile in courage by some unheralded and valiant civil servants. It drives a stake through the heart of DOE’s cynical ready, fire, aim Yucca strategy. It is also a huge repudiation of Chairman Jaczko personally as well as his heavy-handed attempt to jury rig this decision. Here’s to hope and change.

  • Capitol Dome

    How Chairman Jaczko handles this reversal of fortune will be the defining moment of his Chairmanship. Will he want to be remembered as a lap dog for Senator Reid or someone who did the right thing for the Nation? He has been out flanked by a subordinate board that has left him no clear path to overturn its well grounded decision.

  • Capitol Dome

    How Chairman Jaczko handles this reversal of fortune will be the defining moment of his Chairmanship. Will he want to be remembered as a lap dog for Senator Reid or someone who did the right thing for the Nation? He has been out flanked by a subordinate board that has left him no clear path to overturn its well grounded decision.

  • Capitol Dome

    How Chairman Jaczko handles this reversal of fortune will be the defining moment of his Chairmanship. Will he want to be remembered as a lap dog for Senator Reid or someone who did the right thing for the Nation? He has been out flanked by a subordinate board that has left him no clear path to overturn its well grounded decision.

  • Fissionable

    Well, it ain’t over until it’s over, but how sweet it is! ASLB, good government, the rule of law and the Renaissance by a slam dunk. Reid, Chu nothing.

  • Fissionable

    Well, it ain’t over until it’s over, but how sweet it is! ASLB, good government, the rule of law and the Renaissance by a slam dunk. Reid, Chu nothing.

  • Fissionable

    Well, it ain’t over until it’s over, but how sweet it is! ASLB, good government, the rule of law and the Renaissance by a slam dunk. Reid, Chu nothing.

  • Delta Oscar Echo

    Secretary Chu’s credibility, Chairman Jaczko’s leadership and Senator Reid’s re-election may be the immediate casualties of this turn-of-events but the commercial nuclear energy industry — which conveniently chose to look the other way — is a collateral victim. Whether humpty dumpty can now be put back together again is uncertain at best What a long sad trip it’s been.

  • Delta Oscar Echo

    Secretary Chu’s credibility, Chairman Jaczko’s leadership and Senator Reid’s re-election may be the immediate casualties of this turn-of-events but the commercial nuclear energy industry — which conveniently chose to look the other way — is a collateral victim. Whether humpty dumpty can now be put back together again is uncertain at best What a long sad trip it’s been.

  • Delta Oscar Echo

    Secretary Chu’s credibility, Chairman Jaczko’s leadership and Senator Reid’s re-election may be the immediate casualties of this turn-of-events but the commercial nuclear energy industry — which conveniently chose to look the other way — is a collateral victim. Whether humpty dumpty can now be put back together again is uncertain at best What a long sad trip it’s been.

  • Mr. Helge Gerhard Gran

    The Yucca Mountain area is already massively contaminated by some 960 nuclear bombs above and below the surface. Therefore, truthfully, it cannot be contaminated. This huge, desolate area is ideal for securing further nuclear fuel processing in sophisticated processing plants, eventually providing work for thousands of people at all levels. Its economic potential could rival that of the oil, gas and coal industries combined! Almost all nuclear material can be converted to fuel, leaving little final waste.

    Nuclear steam plants should replace all coal, gas and oil fired steam plants. New nuclear power plants should be built to power all rail lines and charge up our electric cars. All railway locomotives are driven by electric motors. The diesel engines should be left inside as back-up and as weight. To convert from diesel, only overhead lines and a cheap converter is required for each locomotive. By building double rail lines everywhere, the trains (using a quarter of the energy per ton-mile) will beat the truckers on time. (Truckers are only permitted to drive 10 hours/day.) So then trains will haul much more of our goods.

    New Francis water turbines can now harness 96.5 % of the potential power of a waterfall. At Niagara, 5 500 Megawatts can be extracted and split between Canada and the US, still letting the fall run for two hours twice per week at twice the current rate! That will be spectacular and draw new tourists in droves! In addition, much more power can be generated for weeks in emergencies. Both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are ocean size huge!

    To date, the combined output of all so-called green energies, wind, solar and geothermal is 0.16 % of our electric power. Its cost is roughly 25 cents per kWh, as against 6 cents for gas and coal, and 2 cents for nuclear.

    For the time being, we’re in an ice age period. We’re overdue for another 90 000 year long ice age. Then the CO2 will plummet along with the temperature and plant production. We need to conserve carbon to allow our coming generations the ability to make steel, metals, plastic, rubber and concrete. We need the desert for irrigation to make food. We cannot afford to cover the desert with power plants at five times the cost.

    Does DOE have any sensible people at all?

    Gerhard

  • Mr. Helge Gerhard Gran

    The Yucca Mountain area is already massively contaminated by some 960 nuclear bombs above and below the surface. Therefore, truthfully, it cannot be contaminated. This huge, desolate area is ideal for securing further nuclear fuel processing in sophisticated processing plants, eventually providing work for thousands of people at all levels. Its economic potential could rival that of the oil, gas and coal industries combined! Almost all nuclear material can be converted to fuel, leaving little final waste.

    Nuclear steam plants should replace all coal, gas and oil fired steam plants. New nuclear power plants should be built to power all rail lines and charge up our electric cars. All railway locomotives are driven by electric motors. The diesel engines should be left inside as back-up and as weight. To convert from diesel, only overhead lines and a cheap converter is required for each locomotive. By building double rail lines everywhere, the trains (using a quarter of the energy per ton-mile) will beat the truckers on time. (Truckers are only permitted to drive 10 hours/day.) So then trains will haul much more of our goods.

    New Francis water turbines can now harness 96.5 % of the potential power of a waterfall. At Niagara, 5 500 Megawatts can be extracted and split between Canada and the US, still letting the fall run for two hours twice per week at twice the current rate! That will be spectacular and draw new tourists in droves! In addition, much more power can be generated for weeks in emergencies. Both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are ocean size huge!

    To date, the combined output of all so-called green energies, wind, solar and geothermal is 0.16 % of our electric power. Its cost is roughly 25 cents per kWh, as against 6 cents for gas and coal, and 2 cents for nuclear.

    For the time being, we’re in an ice age period. We’re overdue for another 90 000 year long ice age. Then the CO2 will plummet along with the temperature and plant production. We need to conserve carbon to allow our coming generations the ability to make steel, metals, plastic, rubber and concrete. We need the desert for irrigation to make food. We cannot afford to cover the desert with power plants at five times the cost.

    Does DOE have any sensible people at all?

    Gerhard

  • Mr. Helge Gerhard Gran

    The Yucca Mountain area is already massively contaminated by some 960 nuclear bombs above and below the surface. Therefore, truthfully, it cannot be contaminated. This huge, desolate area is ideal for securing further nuclear fuel processing in sophisticated processing plants, eventually providing work for thousands of people at all levels. Its economic potential could rival that of the oil, gas and coal industries combined! Almost all nuclear material can be converted to fuel, leaving little final waste.

    Nuclear steam plants should replace all coal, gas and oil fired steam plants. New nuclear power plants should be built to power all rail lines and charge up our electric cars. All railway locomotives are driven by electric motors. The diesel engines should be left inside as back-up and as weight. To convert from diesel, only overhead lines and a cheap converter is required for each locomotive. By building double rail lines everywhere, the trains (using a quarter of the energy per ton-mile) will beat the truckers on time. (Truckers are only permitted to drive 10 hours/day.) So then trains will haul much more of our goods.

    New Francis water turbines can now harness 96.5 % of the potential power of a waterfall. At Niagara, 5 500 Megawatts can be extracted and split between Canada and the US, still letting the fall run for two hours twice per week at twice the current rate! That will be spectacular and draw new tourists in droves! In addition, much more power can be generated for weeks in emergencies. Both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are ocean size huge!

    To date, the combined output of all so-called green energies, wind, solar and geothermal is 0.16 % of our electric power. Its cost is roughly 25 cents per kWh, as against 6 cents for gas and coal, and 2 cents for nuclear.

    For the time being, we’re in an ice age period. We’re overdue for another 90 000 year long ice age. Then the CO2 will plummet along with the temperature and plant production. We need to conserve carbon to allow our coming generations the ability to make steel, metals, plastic, rubber and concrete. We need the desert for irrigation to make food. We cannot afford to cover the desert with power plants at five times the cost.

    Does DOE have any sensible people at all?

    Gerhard

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