Should President Obama restart the nuclear waste repository site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada?
The administration is standing firm in its 2009 decision to yank funding for Yucca Mountain and look for another solution to store America' nuclear waste for the long term. But bipartisan criticism of the factors that went into the decision is growing. A House subcommittee holds a hearing this week to examine a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General report submitted to Congress and the commission last week.
Should the administration reverse course on Yucca Mountain? Is that even possible at this stage of dismantling the project? What are alternatives for storing America's long-term nuclear waste? What does the fight over Yucca Mountain mean for the nuclear industry's future in the United States? What are the environmental and safety concerns that Obama's blue-ribbon commission on nuclear waste should consider as it prepares to release its interim report next month?