ANS Commends NRC on Moving Forward with Safety Evaluation Report for Yucca Mountain
Calls for continued work toward long term storage solution
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) commends the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on its decision to move forward with issuing the safety evaluation report on the Yucca Mountain geological repository for used nuclear fuel and encourages the NRC to move forward with the remaining funds available as expeditiously as possible.
ANS believes that used nuclear fuel can be managed with current available technology safely and efficiently, but supports the development and use of geological repositories for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste.
ANS encourages the NRC to continue to move forward on this issue in an open manner while thoroughly reviewing the scientific information available. In order to do so, ANS strongly encourages the NRC to submit a reasonable, enumerated licensing activity plan in its proposed FY15 Congressional Budget Justification.
The Society has long advocated for the U.S. government to create a permanent repository in order to complete the nuclear fuel cycle and remains committed to this path forward.