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Yucca Mountain standards released

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JUNE 6, 2001

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it will keep strict environmental standards recommended by the Clinton administration affecting radiation exposure at the controversial Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.

The rules limit radiation exposure to humans from air and soil to 15 millirem per year. An average chest x-ray is 10 millirem.

A separate rule limits exposure to groundwater to 4 millirem per year.

Tribes in the area and Nevada officials and lawmakers oppose the site. It is being studied as the national repository for nuclear waste.

Get the Story:
U.S. Sets Safety Rules for Yucca Nuclear Waste Site (The Washington Post 6/6)

Relevant Links:
The Yucca Mountain Project, Department of Energy - http://www.ymp.gov

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