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Title: Nuclear Waste Disposal bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would revise the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.


  • Establishes the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management within the Department of Energy.
  • Requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to set safety guidelines for handling of wastes.
  • Authorizes the Department of Energy to build a temporary storage facility for the nation's nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.
  • Designates Yucca Mountain a permanent radioactive waste dump.


Calls for the President : 

  • To designate a site for an interim storage facility if the current Yucca Mountain site is deemed unsustainable.
  • To exempt the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Savannah River, and the Oak Ridge sites from consideration as interm storage facilities.


Calls for the Secretary of Energy: 

  • To develop and operate a management system for the storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste.
  • To store sent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste in an interim storage facility no later than 18 months after an interim disposal site has been designated.
  • To use components and manufactured in the U.S. to transport nuclear wastes and incorporate private sector participation in implementing the Act.
  • To mandate public education and training for jurisdictions where waste materials will be transported.
  • To make grants to affected Indian tribes or local governments to monitor and review the impact of the Yucca Mountain site.