Yucca Mountain Panel Says DOE Lacks Data

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Science  26 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5406, pp. 1235-1237
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5406.1235

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A panel of experts says major questions remain about the suitability of Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a permanent home for spent nuclear fuel from U.S. power plants. The new report casts doubt on current plans by the Department of Energy to make a final decision on the repository site in 2001, now targeted to open in 2010. The report questions a recent DOE assessment that concluded the site would safely store the waste for thousands of years, saying that more data are needed to make such a prediction.