Maybe, if enough people say Yucca Mountain is dead, it will go away. Why not? We’ve tried almost everything else, save for the one thing that would actually end the idea of shipping the nation’s high-level nuclear waste to be buried about 90 miles from Las Vegas. President Donald Trump has included $120 million in his budget for the project, a lawsuit from the attorney general of Texas seeks to force the government to license the repository and a 2013 court ruling ordered the government to proceed or reject the Yucca project. It sure doesn’t seem dead. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to most of Nevada’s officials. Here’s the problem: No matter what else Yucca Mountain is, it’s also still the law of the land, approved by Congress and signed by then-President Ronald Reagan. No matter what you think of the process — Nevada’s tiny congressional delegation got rolled — it’s still the law. And when you simply ignore the law — as President Barack Obama did, trying to chart a new “consent based” approach to storing nuclear waste — you run the risk that somebody, someday will come along and follow it. That’s why the only sure way to kill Yucca for good is to change the law. Former Sen. Harry Reid said more than once that Yucca was a fenced-in, shut-down hole in the ground that would never be used. He dismissed concerns about Yucca remaining on the books with a pithy remark. Reid is gone from the Senate, but Yucca is still there. And whatever else it may be, it most certainly is not dead.
Las Vegas Review Journal 18th March 2017 read more »