The United States Department of Energy is trying to change the rules on nuclear waste disposal – for the better. Instead of the old top-down decision-making, DOE is going to implement a consent-based strategy. This means that instead of ordering some individual state like Nevada to take all of the Nation’s high level nuclear waste, whether they like it or not, we’ll instead ask “Who would like to take this waste? It will create fantastic jobs, will bring huge economic benefit to the region and, contrary to popular opinion, it’s safer than putting in a Mall.” This new strategy comes from the failure of our previous disposal program that ended in the suspension of the Yucca Mountain site, the proposed nuclear repository that came out of the 1987 Amendment to the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. This suspension was not a bad thing since the Yucca Mountain tuff really is such a lousy rock that the level of re-engineering required would make the project way too expensive, about $100 billion too expensive.
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