Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Porter Asks GAO to Review Yucca Schedule

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jon Porter on Monday asked congressional auditors for a second opinion on the Energy Department's new schedule to develop the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

The Nevada Republican asked the Government Accountability Office whether DOE's self-set deadline of June 30, 2008, to finalize a license application for the proposed repository was realistic in light of persistent shortcomings the GAO outlined in a report in March.

"I am concerned that DOE will rush submitting its application without adequately addressing these challenges," Porter said in a letter to GAO Comptroller General David Walker.

Porter, chairman of a House subcommittee watching the Yucca project, also asked GAO to estimate repository costs based on the new schedule, which projects nuclear waste arriving at the site in March 2017.
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