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Engineered Materials Characterization Report for the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project Volume 1: Introduction, History, and Current CandidatesThis three-volume report serves several purposes. The first volume provides an introduction to the eng

This three-volume report serves several purposes. The first volume provides an introduction to the engineered materials effort for the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project. It defines terms and outlines the history of selection and
characterization of these materials. A summary of the recent engineered barrier system materials characterization workshop is presented, and the current candidate materials are listed. The second volume tabulates design data for engineered


Nuclear Waste Management: Key Attributes, Challenges, and Costs for the Yucca Mountain Repository and Potential Alternatives

The Yucca Mountain repository is designed to provide a permanent solution for managing nuclear waste, minimize the uncertainty of future waste safety, and enable DOE to begin fulfilling its legal obligation under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to take custody of commercial waste, which began in 1998. However, project delays have led to utility lawsuits that DOE estimates are costing taxpayers about $12.3 billion in damages through 2020 and could cost $500 million per year after 2020, though the outcome of pending litigation may affect the government’s total liability.


DOE letter responding to Governor Bryant of Mississippi

Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy DOE, responds to the letter by Governor Bryant of Mississippi by noting that a consent-based approach to siting will require achieving acceptance at multiple levels of government: local, state and tribal. Consultation and cooperation will be required to successfully site a disposal system. DOE will be mindful of Governor Bryant's opposition to siting a disposal system in Mississippi.

An Updated Perspective on the US Nuclear Fuel Cycle

There has been a resurgence of interest in the possibility of processing the US spent nuclear fuel, instead of burying it in a geologic repository. Accordingly, key topical findings from three relevant EPRI evaluations made in the 1990-1995 timeframe are recapped and updated to accommodate a few developments over the subsequent ten years. Views recently expressed by other US entities are discussed.


Evaluation of a Spent Fuel Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

In June 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the construction of a geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The license application was accepted for formal NRC review in September 2008. Throughout the more than 20-year history of the Yucca Mountain project, EPRI has performed independent assessments of key technical and scientific issues to facilitate an understanding of overall repository performance.