US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
[From Heritage Foundation blog, The Foundry] As a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, The Heritage Foundation today obtained the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Yucca Mountain Volume III Safety Evaluation Report (SER). This document is critical because it contains the NRC’s conclusions regarding the scientific and technological merits of the Department of Energy’s application to construct and operate the high level nuclear waste repository.
The NRC’s assessment should be the final word on the whether or not the Yucca facility could be safely built and operated; hence its conclusions have been much anticipated. Therefore, we were terribly disappointed that both the executive summary and the report’s conclusions have been redacted.
The NRC defends its decision to redact this information on the basis that the document is predecisional and not commission policy. That is because NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko ordered a stop to all review activities last year, so the NRC staff’s work and conclusions never had the opportunity to be vetted.
[From Las Vegas Review Journal article]…One of the documents [released] was a 700-page study in which NRC scientists aim to evaluate whether tunnels carved in the Nevada mountain might safely store radioactive materials from decaying nuclear fuel for up to a million years… [H/T: E&E News]