Wed., June 30, 2010 3:51pm (EDT)

Yucca Mountain Debate Renewed
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
 Waste stored at Savannah River Site near Augusta was scheduled to be sent to the Yucca Mountain repository if the facility had been licensed. (Image courtesy DOE)
Waste stored at Savannah River Site near Augusta was scheduled to be sent to the Yucca Mountain repository if the facility had been licensed. (Image courtesy DOE)
The decision from the U.S. Atomic Safety & Licensing Board says the Department of Energy overstepped its authority when pulling the application for the Yucca Mountain facility.

The site was supposed to house nuclear waste being temporarily stored at Savannah River Site near Augusta. It would have also held spent nuclear fuel from Plant Vogtle in Burke County.

Tom Clements with the environmental group Friends of the Earth says the decision probably won’t be enough to resurrect the project.

"DOE and the state of Nevada can appeal this decision directly to the full Nuclear Regulatory Commission and I would expect that it’s likely it would be overturned," Clements said.

The Obama administration has assembled a panel of experts to look into other possible sites for nuclear waste storage.