Transport plan puts Yucca back to 2020

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Plans to transport used nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain repository would not be enacted before 2020, according to a new filing by the US Department of Energy (DoE).

As part of its obligations under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, the DoE is responsible for developing and implementing a system to transport US used nuclear fuel and high-level waste (HLW) from where the material is generated or stored to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository.

The facility was supposed to be complete by 1998, but a multitude of delays have put the earliest operating date at 2017. Now the proposed start of transport to the site in 2020 indicates storage operations would be further delayed.


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