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NRC: Obama Can’t Close Yucca Mountain

Filed under: Environment,Government,Obama — DRJ @ 4:26 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A 3-judge Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel has ruled the Obama Administration can’t unilaterally close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository site:

“Unless Congress directs otherwise, DOE may not single-handedly derail the legislated decision-making process by withdrawing the (Yucca repository) application. DOE’s motion must therefore be denied,” the judges wrote, adding that the DOE had weakened its arguments by “conceding that the application is not flawed nor the (Yucca) site unsafe.”

I doubt this will help Senator Harry Reid’s re-election chances unless the appeal lasts past November.


16 Responses to “NRC: Obama Can’t Close Yucca Mountain”

  1. Arizona immigration law–Congress pre-empts.
    Yucca Mountain–Congress? What Congress??
    Yes, this is an oversimplification, but I wanted to make sure the Chris Matthews-types of the world understood the general concept.

    kyle (9d9e73)

  2. But… but… but, I thought Obama was all for the use of nuclear energy and the contruction of new power plants. Is that not the case?

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  3. @#2: Well, he seemingly is OK with Iran’s forthcoming “use” of nuclear energy.

    Old Coot (082c44)

  4. Only if they use it in Israel!

    AD - RtR/OS! (1087df)

  5. Nevada has an unemployment rate of 14%… Yucca Mountain means jobs, long term jobs. Why don’t Nevada people get this??

    JFH (73f181)

  6. come November turn
    Reid into nucular waste
    dump name jackass flats

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  7. harry Reid toxic
    to nevada no one need
    the Yucca suckah

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  8. I work in the nuclear industry. I was horrified by Obama’s action to shut down Yucca Mountain. Terribly naive he is. You won’t believe how much extra money this has cost ratepayers for a decision that was beyond moronic. Gotta love his incapability at leading. I was very happy to hear about this decision. However, DOE has to include funding to review the license application, so the project is still on hold, which is causing more and more lawsuits and waste of funds.

    G (e2ce4b)

  9. jobs…It’s a long commute from Las Vegas, but not bad from Pahrump.

    AD - RtR/OS! (1087df)

  10. Obama always knew that he could safely lie about being agreeable to construction of new nuclear plants knowing full well that the leftwing environmental lobby would litigate it to death.

    In that respect, he does have a transparent presidency.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  11. With respect to Obama and Secretary Chu, they have been very pro-nuclear. Georgia Power is building a new reactor at Plant Vogtle via a long anticipated loan guarantee. Hopefully progress like that will continue, as that brings a lot of jobs and money. Not to mention that loan guarantees are paid back. That is the sort of government spending that should be done, not just rampant entitlement stuff.

    G (9285b2)

  12. Georgia Power is building a new reactor at Plant Vogtle via a long anticipated loan guarantee.

    I’ll believe it when it goes on line.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  13. O really does act like a dictatorial condo association president much of the time

    elissa (75bb70)

  14. O really does act like a dictatorial condo association president much of the time

    Comment by elissa — 7/6/2010 @ 8:11 pm


    People's Front of Judea (44bf37)

  15. Wait a moment — hold everything! They failed to identify him as Nobel Prize-winning Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Isn’t that like when the cop gets your address wrong on the ticket? Betcha that Bambi already has Holder on the case. This thing will be rescinded by morning.

    Icy Texan (5b976b)

  16. G #11 – it is indeed good news that President Obama’s administration is continuing that was started under President GW Bush’s administration – details here

    Then again, that’s what has been happening with a number of the things which Bush encouraged which Obama decried or temporised about as a Senator … and which now make sense with Obama as President …

    Alasdair (205079)

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