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Yucca Mountain: A Hotter Case to Handle

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Science  12 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5408, pp. 1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5408.1627

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As the world's first approved radwaste site prepares to open for business in New Mexico (see main text), another high-profile proposed repository, Yucca Mountain in Nevada, faces continued obstacles on the road to successful licensing. Part of the difference is scientific--Yucca Mountain is slated to accept more highly radioactive wastes, and the mountain's geology is more complex. But part of the Yucca Mountain site's difficulties also lies in its troubled political history.