Should Congress stop the Energy Department from closing the proposed nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain?
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is facing increased criticism about the administration's plans to end development of the Nevada-based facility for radioactive waste. At a House hearing last week, lawmakers questioned Chu about White House plans to yank funding for the Yucca Mountain project, withdraw the license application at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and forbid the new nuclear waste commission from considering Yucca as a potential solution. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., went so far as to question the legality of President Obama's decision to terminate the project, and a group of House members have introduced a resolution aimed at stopping the administration.
Should DOE's new commission consider Yucca as an option for long-term nuclear waste disposal? How should the Energy Department handle such critical inquiries? Whether or not Yucca remains off the table, what are some viable options for nuclear waste?