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NRC's Yucca Mountain Licensing Activities

As Congress outlined in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA), as amended, the role of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to serve as the independent regulator for the design, construction, operation, and eventual decommissioning of a geologic repository for permanent disposal of high-level waste (HLW) at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Toward that end, the NRC has issued a variety of environmental and radiation safety regulations pertaining to the proposed geologic repository. Specifically, these regulations establish the requirements that the NRC staff will use to evaluate the proposed design of the repository, determine whether to adopt the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and render decisions to deny or grant the necessary construction authorization and/or license to receive and possess waste at Yucca Mountain. If DOE is granted the construction authorization and/or receipt license, the NRC will also oversee and inspect any construction, waste emplacement, and/or repository closure activities. In addition, the NRC is responsible for licensing the design, construction, use, and maintenance of any shipping casks that may be used to move commercial HLW by truck or rail to Yucca Mountain. For additional information, see the following related pages:

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