Nevada will get 60 days for nuclear-dump filings
August 14, 2008
LAS VEGAS – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is doubling to 60 days the time Nevada has to file challenges to a license application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste dump. But that was less than the 180 extra days the state sought.
An NRC ruling Wednesday granted 30 extra days for the state to file “contentions” to the federal plan to build and operate the repository once the NRC decides whether it will docket and hold hearings on the Energy Department’s application.
The Energy Department puts the price tag on entombing more than 77,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas at more than $90 million over 100 years.
The plan has been beset by lawsuits and controversies. The repository was originally supposed to open in 1998, but officials now say it’ll be 2020 or later.