DOE seeks licensing for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site
A Minnesota Indian tribe is again echoing the need for
a national nuclear waste repository following the formal license application
to build an underground storage facility at Yucca Mountain. High-level,
radioactive nuclear waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants is currently
accumulating at temporary storage sites in 39 different states.
Located just 600 yards from 24 large containment units of highly radioactive
spent nuclear fuel, the Prairie Island Indian Community in Red Wing,
Minnesota is among the closest communities in the country to a temporary
waste site. According to the Department of Energy, there are 125 of these
facilities throughout the United States and more than 169 million Americans
reside within 75 miles of them.
“The recent filing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is an important
step forward in establishing a permanent storage facility for the nation’s
nuclear waste,” said Prairie Island Tribal Council President Ron Johnson.
“We urge Congress to commit to a national storage solution and continue
funding this vital effort.”