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Susanne Vandenbosch
May 25, 2008

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Careful consideration should be given to the recommendation of some to host a reprocessing facility in Nevada. The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future did not recommend reprocessing of spent fuel after listening to the testimony on both sides of the issue at meetings. Testimony on this issue is available in the transcripts and videocasts of the Blue Ribbon Commission. One should also consider the report of the BRC issued in January 2012.

(Suggest removal) 10/22/12 at 2:31 p.m.

There are scientific concerns about Yucca Mountain: volcanism, seismicity and water infiltration. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the legal responsibility to determine whether these concerns are sufficiently serious to withhold a license from the repository. The Department of Energy has attempted to withdraw the Yucca Mountain license application. The federal DC Court of Appeals will begin to hold hearings in May about whether the DOE has the authority to withdraw the license.

(Suggest removal) 3/21/12 at 3:34 p.m.

Onsite spent fuel storage costs at the present time are borne by taxpayers, not ratepayers. As Abe Van Luik points out these costs will mount the longer the waste is stored. One way to reduce the costs is to have centralized storage for waste from decommissioned reactors assuming one can find a state willing to host an interim storage site. Also, although storage in dry casks may be safe, the National Academy of Sciences has raised questions about the security of spent fuel stored in spent fuel pools. The amount varies from site to site but a significant amount of spent fuel is stored in spent fuel pools at the present time.

(Suggest removal) 9/18/10 at 11:26 a.m.

If the State of Nevada is going to attract top scientists with families to work on development and commercialization of solar energy and other renewble sources of energy it will have to improve the quality of public education. Also, in my opinion, the pervasiveness of gambling in Nevada does not make Nevada attractive to many families. Have some facilities without those one-armed bandits.

(Suggest removal) 9/9/10 at 9:46 a.m.

The Yucca Mountain ball is still up in the air. On June 29 the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission denied DOE the right to withdraw the Yucca Mountain license application. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the power to overrule the ruling of the ASLB. Even that is not the end of the matter. No matter how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules there will be appeals to the Federal DC Court of Appeals which plans to hold hearings in September. Susanne E. Vandenbosch

(Suggest removal) 7/1/10 at 1:35 p.m.

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