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Now that President Obama has put Yucca Mountain on the shelf, it’s time to call the bluff of the project’s supporters in Congress.
The need remains for a long-term solution to storage (or reprocessing) of dangerous, high-level radioactive waste. Congress still is on the hook legally for the promises it made decades ago to the nuclear-power industry.
In the interest of fairness — something Nevada never received in the selection of Yucca Mountain as the proposed site for nuclear storage — this would be a good time to rethink and reopen the process of determining the best means of dealing with radioactive waste.