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.Technorati tags: Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power, Used Fuel, Energy, Technology, Electricity, Yucca Mountain, Nevada
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.