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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Says DOE Nuke Dump Siting Process Flawed

March 25, 1988

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ The U.S. Energy Department’s selection process was flawed in targeting Yucca Mountain as the best site for further study for the first high-level nuclear dump, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said.

The March 7 NRC report said the Energy Department relied on incomplete and ambiguous scientific data and weak quality-assurance procedures in an attempt to make the southern Nevada location look better as a site for the dump.

Commission and DOE officials were scheduled to end meetings Thursday that were set up to discuss the criticisms outlined in the report.

″The bottom line is, after technical discussions, we need to do what the NRC thinks is necessary,″ Carl Gertz, the director of the DOE waste management operations in Nevada, said Wednesday.

Yucca Mountain was picked by Congress and the president over sites in Texas and Washington state as the best place to study building a high-level nuclear waste dump.

Nevada officials have argued politics rather than strong scientific data decided the location.

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