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Rules on Yucca Mountain changed
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2001

The Department of Energy is defending a recent change in federal regulations that allow it to evaluate how to store nuclear waste at a controversial site in Nevada.

Known as Yucca Mountain, the site is under consideration for the nation's national repository. Under rules that go into effect on Friday, the DOE doesn't have to prove leakage of highly radioactive waste into the mountain could damage the environment.

That has prompted the ire of Nevada state officials who fired off a letter to the Secretary Spencer Abraham. Along with area tribes, the state opposes designation of the site.

Get the Story:
DOE Amends Rules on Nevada Nuclear Waste Site (The Washington Post 12/11)

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

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