Administration Cannot Drop Bid for Nuclear Waste Dump in Nevada: NRC

"In a setback for the Obama administration, a panel of judges at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled on Tuesday that the Energy Department could not withdraw its application to open a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Making good on a campaign pledge by President Obama, the Energy Department had formally sought to drop its plan for Yucca Mountain, a volcanic structure about 100 miles from Las Vegas. But states with major accumulations of waste from nuclear weapons production had petitioned to prevent the department from doing so."

Matthew L. Wald reports for the New York Times June 29, 2010.

Source: NYTimes, 06/30/2010