NRC Gears Up For Yucca Mountain Hearings

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is gearing up
for license hearings on the proposed federal nuclear waste repository at southern Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

The commission voted Friday to issue a formal notice for hearings on the Department of Energy's plans.

The notice will start a 60-day period for the state of Nevada and other interested parties to intervene in the case.

The challenges will be heard in courtroom-style sessions that could begin in March. Most of the sessions, which would be run by administrative judges, will be held in Las Vegas.

The NRC effort to review the DOE's 8,600-page construction applications is scheduled to take three to four years.

Nevada officials have notified the NRC that they might file up to 500 "contentions" to the DOE license application, challenging various aspects of the project. ---
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-18-08 2037EDT

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