US DOE, Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future
[Global Security Newswire] The United States should designate one or more long-term atomic waste storage locations to replace canceled plans for an underground repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., a blue-ribbon task force said in a preliminary report issued on Friday (see GSN, July 6).
The blue-ribbon group’s report does not recommend where to establish a replacement site. Still, a significant number of the group’s members think New Mexico, which is already home to a waste site, could be more amenable than Nevada to hosting a national repository, the Washington Post reported on Thursday…
The assessment says a new waste storage project should be managed by a new federal entity rather than the Energy Department. It suggests principles for a new site designation scheme, including limiting to local jurisdictions the authority to reject a proposed location.
The panel is overseen by former Indiana Democratic lawmaker Lee Hamilton and former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft. It failed to achieve consensus on whether to press for nuclear fuel recycling in the United States, which was seen as having little impact on the necessity of storing used nuclear material in the coming 30 years, the Post reported (Steven Mufson, Washington Post, July 28).