Nevada Public Radio Listen Live

"All Things Considered"
Facebook Twitter Follow Nevada Public Radio

Support Nevada Public Radio
KNPR's State of Nevada About SON Archives Participate Specials
TODAY
Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration
Boycott Las Vegas Say Social Conservatives
How Safe Is Your Food?
Robert Coover And The Return Of The Brunists
UPCOMING
Council Votes For Horse-Drawn Carriages
The Progressive Bluegrass Sounds Of The Infamous Stringdusters
The Good Foods Of Lent
RECENT
Behind The Bundy Ranch Standoff
Can 'Serious' Reading Happen Online?
Lynne Jasames On Why 'It's Okay To Cry'
BASE Jumping: The Allure And The Danger
Anti-Government Protesters Win Round Against BLM
Tax Advice For The Alternative Economy
The Secret History Of Las Vegas
Bryan Ferry (Of Roxy Music) Brings His Orchestra To Vegas
Deal Reached Between North Las Vegas And Labor Unions
Is Tipping Obsolete?
Being Oscar
The Life Cycle Of A Mall
Bundy Family Says Local Officials Need to Step In To Stop BLM Dispute
The Future Of Space Tourism
Fixing Nevada's Mental Health System
UNR President Seeks To Restore Funding
The Brass Tacks Of The Education Initiative

GOP Favors Yucca Mountain, But Are There Alternatives?
GOP Favors Yucca Mountain, But Are There Alternatives?

Listen
AIR DATE: July 9, 2013

GUEST

Amy Harder, Energy and Environment Correspondent, National Journal

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- A new federal agency would set up a temporary repository for nuclear waste while a more permanent solution is found. Conspicuously absent from the discussion? The storage facility at Yucca Mountain.

“It is the elephant in the room in this conversation,” says environmental reporter Amy Harder.

There’s a reason, of course, that Yucca is off the table.

“I am pleased that this is a bipartisan effort and I look forward to learning more about the legislation,” is what Sen. Harry Reid had to say about the new agency, according to Harder.

“It’s key that the legislation doesn’t present an opportunity for Yucca Mountain to come back into the conversation, because if that was the case, then Reid would not even give this bill a second look, and the sponsors of the bill know that,” says Harder.

Harder says nuclear energy faces obstacles both at the creation end and the disposal end of the production process. It’s both expensive to build new plants given how inexpensive natural gas is, and then of course no one is interested in storing nuclear waste.

“You have the problem of NIMBY-ism,” says Harder. “Las Vegas does not want a nuclear repository in its back yard.”

Harder says that a lack of interest in storing nuclear waste is a political stance that crosses party lines.

    comments powered by Disqus
    © 2013 NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO   
    Web hosting facilities provided by Switch.