Report Given by Nuclear Regulatory says Closure Plan of Yucca Mountain Meets Safety Objectives
On Thursday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a report regarding a high-level radioactive waste facility which has been in the pipe line for long. The commission said that the facility fulfils all the requirements that are needed post closure. The facility which is planned in Yucca Mountain, northwest of Las Vegas awaits a permanent closure.
The document which runs for 781pages says that several natural as well as man-made barriers will be sufficient to protect the ground water and public health in the area. It will also be enough to guard against any sabotage or human interference.
Yucca is a volcanic formation that lies next to the Nevada Test Site where earlier the government had tested hundreds of nuclear bombs. It was never depicted as the most suitable place for dumping nuclear waste but was only an suitable one for which an agreement could be attained.
Yucca Mountain was chosen as one of the five best suited sides in 1986 by the Energy Department under a procedure that was laid out by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act passed by the Congress in 1982. However the Congress amended the act in 1987, and chose Yucca to be the prime site.