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Title: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes locations for storage and disposal facilities for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
- Establishes an interim storage facility for nuclear waste near Yucca Mountain, Nevada until a permanent facility is developed.
- Establishes a permanent storage facility for nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
- Allows the President to find an alternative interim site before January 1, 1999.
- Starts the transfer of nuclear waste by truck and rail before November 30, 1999.
- Requires the Secretary of Energy to use routes that minimize the transportation of nuclear waste through populated areas.
- Authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to establish standards for public protection.
- Establishes the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management within the Department of Energy to oversee the bill's enactment.