Nevada nuclear watchdogs will meet today to discuss the current status the long-term storage of the nation’s radioactive waste. The Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects will discuss its biennial report on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and recommendations to the governor and Legislature at 1 p.m. at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in downtown Las Vegas. Yucca Mountain, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, was designated as the nation’s only permanent nuclear waste repository in 1987, but the Nevada congressional delegation and state officials have railed against the federal plan for decades. The site is not currently in use. Bob Halstead, executive director of the state’s Agency for Nuclear Projects, said the state would fight back if any form of licensing on Yucca Mountain starts again.
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Shorter-term risks from climate change for US nuclear power plants include events such as hurricanes, flooding, drought and wildfires, while longer-term risks include sea level rise, coastal erosion and associated siting concerns, a researcher said Tuesday. “Our research depicts a global challenge with nuclear being one area of power generation that could be impacted by climate change, which means there should be a focus on adaptation and mitigation measures,” Sarah Jordaan, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, said in a phone call. Although some international agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, are starting to publish studies on climate impacts to nuclear power plants, the researchers argue there should be a comprehensive standard for existing and new plants, Jordaan said.
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