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Yucca Mountain Remains Critical to Spent Nuclear Fuel Management

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jack Spencer; Nicolas Loris

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Energy (Nuclear power)
Environment (Radioactive and dangerous substances)

Keywords: Energy and environment; uranium; nuclear power; Nuclear renaissance

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Nuclear energy can be clean, safe, and affordable, but managing spent nuclear fuel has been a political sticking point for the advancement of nuclear energy in the United States. Yucca Mountain is crucial to resolving the issue of spent nuclear fuel, but a more practical and comprehensive approach would include a combination of interim storage, recycling, and geological storage.