The U.S. nuclear establishment in industry and government has, since
1987, focused on geologically unsuitable Western Shoshone Indian land
in Nevada for opening the world’s first permanent burial dump for
highly radioactive nuclear wastes. Yucca’s rock, fractured by earthquake
activity – not to mention nuclear weapons blasts at the nearby Nevada
Test Site – would allow radioactivity to massively leak out into
the underground drinking water supply over time. Only by undermining public
health and safety protections and weakening scientific guidelines and
environmental regulations again and again has the nuclear establishment
managed to keep the proposed Yucca dump from being disqualified from any
The Yucca dump’s opening would set in motion unprecedented numbers of high-level radioactive waste shipments on roads, rails, and waterways through 45 states and the District of Columbia, including hundreds and thousands of cities, towns and communities – probably yours! (See how close targeted Mobile Chernobyl routes are to your home, school, work place, place of worship, etc.
Go to http://www.ewg.org/reports/nuclearwaste/find_address.php type in your address and find out!)
The Bush Administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) recommended Yucca as suitable for the dump in early 2002. The very next day, despite nearly 300 unfinished key scientific studies and 15,000 public comments in opposition, George W. Bush himself rubberstamped the decision. The State of Nevada officially vetoed the “site recommendation” that spring, but both Houses of Congress overrode the veto. George W. Bush signed off on the override on July 23, 2002, giving DOE the green light to apply to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a construction and operating license for the dump.
In July 2004, NIRS and a coalition of environmental and public interest groups, along with the State of Nevada, won a tremendous victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court threw out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s woefully inadequate Yucca radiation release regulations, ruling that public health protections extending out 10,000 years post-burial are insufficient, and ordering that regulations must extend hundreds of thousands of years into the future, out to the projected peak radiation dose to the public downstream. This could mark the beginning of the end for the Yucca dump proposal, as the site cannot meet such standards. But the nuclear establishment is not giving up on its coveted scheme to turn Yucca Mountain into a nuclear sacrifice zone.
If it weren’t for NIRS and its allies at the grassroots across the country, high-level radioactive waste could already be on its way to the Yucca Mountain earthquake zone in Nevada. Yucca dump opponents are now gearing up to defend against attempts by the nuclear establishment to overturn the court decision in Congress. Please join this effort to drive the final nails in the coffin of the dangerous Yucca dump proposal.
Over 50 National and 700 Regional/State/Local Grassroots Environmental Groups Publicly Opposed to the Yucca Mountain High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump.
For more information on Yucca Mountain and nuclear waste transportation, check out NIRS factsheets. Also check our Radioactive Roads and Rails section.
March 31, 2015. PowerPoint presentation by Bob Halstead of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects on the potential impacts of large-scale radioactive waste transport to Yucca Mountain on Native American lands.
February 11, 2015. Talking points on Yucca Mountain.
February 11, 2015. A brief history of the Yucca Mountain project. NIRS factsheet.
January 12, 2015. Presentation from Steve Frishman of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects: The Role of Geology at the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.
December 4, 2014: New NIRS factsheet: Why Yucca Mountain Would Fail as a Nuclear Waste Repository
- The State of Nevada's comments
on the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's proposed licensing rule
for a Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository.
December 2, 2005.
- NIRS Comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Draft Revisions to 40 CFR Part 197, “Public Health and Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada. November 21, 2005.
- NIRS petition to EPA re: revised Yucca Mountain radiation release regulations. November 18, 2005.
NIRS oral testimony before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, D.C. re: EPA’s Draft Revisions to 40 CFR Part 197, “Public Health and Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada.”
October 11, 2005.
- Tell EPA its cancer-causing
proposed Yucca Mountain radiation regulations are outrageous! NIRS
Alert. October 5, 2005
“Take Action Against EPA’s Outrageous Yucca Mountain Radiation
Release Regulations! Go to Public Citizen’s website at http://www.citizen.org/action/ and send an email comment directly to EPA objecting to its dangerous,
group letter opposing funding for Yucca Mountain.
June 14, 2005.
- Attend important Yucca Mountain/Mobile
Chernobyl licensing proceeding meeting Wed., June 15 at 10 a.m.
NIRS Alert. June 13, 2005.
- Environmental groups ask House
Appropriations to eliminate funding for Yucca Mountain, new reactors.
May 11, 2005
- Recently-completed 2004 State of Nevada Yucca Mountain survey and the accompanying press release.
- Yucca Mountain Train Wreck 25 Years Long: the History of NIRS Fight Against a Very Dangerous Dump
- NRC licensing board rules against DOE Yucca application documents submission. September 9, 2004
- Yucca Court Decision: Dump “Still on Track” or “Derailed”? July 27, 2004
- Group letter to U.S. Senate regarding environmental coalition victory in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturning woefully inadequate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency radiation release regulations at the Yucca Mountain Project, July 15, 2004.
- Group letter to U.S. Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee urging opposition to increased Yucca Mountain Project funding, July 9, 2004.
- Group letter to U.S. DOE urging withdrawal of severely flawed submission of Yucca Mountain Project documentation to U.S. NRC Licensing Support Network in lead up to application for a construction and operating license, July 2, 2004.
- Group letter to U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee urging opposition to ploy to take Yucca Mountain Project “off budget,” June 24, 2004.
- Group letter to U.S. House of Representatives urging opposition to taking Yucca Mountain Project “off budget,” June 15, 2004.
- NIRS comments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alignment, Construction, and Operation of a Rail Line to a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada” [Federal Register,Vol. 69, No. 68, Thursday, April 8, 2004, pages 18565 to 18569], submitted June 1, 2004.
- Yucca Dump Battered by Worker Illness, Project Management. May 3, 2004
- Yucca's day in court. NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, January 9, 2004.
- The Top Ten Points on Yucca Mountain, NIRS fact sheet, translated into Italian and presented by Linda Gunter to nuclear dump opponents at the protests against the dump targeted at Scanzano Jonico, Italy in December, 2003.
- The Science and Politics of the Proposed High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, USA, translated into Italian and presented to Italian radioactive waste dump opponents by Linda Gunter during the Scanzano Jonico protests in December, 2003. NIRS Factsheet, November 28, 2003.
- Group letter to U.S. House-Senate Energy and Waters Appropriations Conference Committee urging opposition to Bush Administration’s excessive budget request for Yucca Mountain Project, November 4, 2003. Go to
http://www.citizen.org/cmep/energy_enviro_nuclear/nuclear_waste/hi-level/yucca/articles.cfm?ID=10294 to see Public Citizen’s “Escalating Total System Life Cycle Cost Estimates” chart for the Yucca Mountain Project.
- Information for Yucca Mountain whistleblowers. December 2002
- Harassment of Yucca Mountain whistleblowers, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, December 6, 2002
- Tribal Concerns About the Yucca Mountain Repository. November 2002.
- Senate approves Yucca; fight is far from over, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, July 19, 2002
- Committed Environmental Resistance Needed to Stop Yucca Nuclear Dump after Senate Approval, NIRS article,West Michigan Environmental Action Coalition (WMEAC) newsletter, July 16, 2002.
- Senate Approves Yucca Mountain, 60-39. The fight is not over! NIRS press release. July 9, 2002. Also find out how they voted.(Y = yes, bad vote in favor of Yucca dump, N = no, good vote against Yucca dump)
- Fact sheet handed to U.S. Senators as they walked through the U.S. Capitol lobby on their way to vote urging them to sustain the State of Nevada’s veto of the high-level radioactive waste dump targeted at Yucca Mountain, July 9, 2002
- NIRS letter sent to U.S. Senators from Great Lakes states on the day of the vote to sustain or override Nevada’s veto against the Yucca Mountain dump, July 9, 2002. (see also Great Lakes United Resolution on Yucca Mountain. June 2002.)
- National Environmental Groups Urge U.S. Senate to Uphold Nevada’s Veto of Dangerous Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump. July 8, 2002.
- NIRS opinion/editorial to Michigan newspapers regarding U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s praiseworthy decision to oppose the Yucca Mountain dump, July 8, 2002
- NIRS action alert to Michigan on impending Yucca Mountain vote in US Senate, June 29, 2002.
- Yucca Mountain Showdown, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, June 28, 2002
- Bush Administration Stops One Dirty Bomber, But Targets U.S. Cities With Largest Dirty Bomb Program In History. NIRS Press Release. June 11, 2002.
- National environmental group letter to U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in opposition to the Yucca Mountain dump. June 2, 2002.
- Great Lakes United Resolution on Yucca Mountain. June 2002.
- Energy Companies Trying to Pull a Fast One on Nuclear Waste Dump, NIRS and Michigan environmental coalition press release, May 22, 2002
- Debunking the Myths: Rebutting Detroit Edison's and Consumers Energy's Facts' About Yucca Mountain, May 22, 2002.
- NIRS action alert: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Michigan's Nuclear Utilities Steamroll Anti-Environmental Resolutions through County Commissions without Concerned Citizens' Knowledge. May 20, 2002
- U.S. House of Representatives says yes to Yucca, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, May 17, 2002.
- NIRS holds press conference on Michigan State Capitol Steps in Opposition to Yucca Dump. May 13, 2002.
- Yucca Mountain a Real Radioactive Waste. NEIS Factsheet on Yucca Mountain's severe technical woes. May 8, 2002
- House Approves Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site and Votes to Override the Nevada Governor's Veto 306 -117. May 8, 2002.
- Contact Your Senators Today, Urge Them to Vote Against the Yucca Mountain Dump and Uphold the Nevada Governor's Veto!
- Please write your Senator before it's too late!- Sample letter to Senate
- Get your local community to pass a resolution opposing nuclear waste shipments through it! - Sample Resolution.
- Public Citizen's Sample Letter to the Editor on Yucca Mountain. May 1, 2002.
- Imminent Vote in U.S.House of Representatives on Yucca Dump. NIRS Action Alert. April 30, 2002.
- NIRS letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging that Nevada’s veto against the Yucca dump be sustained. April 30, 2002.
- "Mobile Chernobyl” to Circle Nation’s Capitol on 16th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Catastrophe; Protest of Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump and Risky Atomic Waste Transportation through 45 States and the District of Columbia Marks Impending Vote in U.S. House of Representatives, NIRS press advisory, April 25, 2002.
- Public Citizen report: “Yucca Bought and Sold: Science Smothered Under a Mountain of Nuclear Lobbyists.” April 2002
- National environmental group letter to U.S. Senate in opposition to Yucca dump. March 26, 2002.
- Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to EPA Rule for Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump. NIRS and a coalition of environmental groups suing EPA over woefully weak water protection standard. NIRS-Public Citizen Press Release. March 18, 2002.
- Yucca Mountain Update, March 8, 2002
- When It Comes To Atomic Waste Transportation, We All Live In Nevada. March 4, 2002.
- Gambling on Yucca Mountain, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, February 1, 2002.
- President George W. Bush approves national high-level nuclear waste dump targeted at Yucca Mountain, Nevada! Despite a Presidential campaign promise to Nevadans that "sound science" would decide Yucca, not politics, Bush hastily approved Yucca relying on scientific studies characterized by a panel of experts as weak and incomplete. February 15, 2002
DOE recommends Yucca Mountain, Nevada for permanent high-level dumpsite.
NIRS press release, 1/10/02; Copy of letter from DOE Secretary Abraham ( ) to Nevada Governor Guinn, January 10, 2002.
- National call-in day to George W. Bush: Oppose the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump and the Mobile Chernobyls it Would Launch! February 8, 2002.
- Factsheets from State of Nevada on Yucca Mountain issues (February 2002):
Note on the Difficulty of Obtaining Nuclear Waste Transport Route Maps from DOE, January 23, 2002
- Spencer Abraham says yes to Yucca Mountain, NIRS/Wise Nuclear Monitor article, January 11, 2002
- NIRS meeting request directly to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham himself upon learning of his intention to officially recommend Yucca Mountain as suitable for repository development, January 10, 2002. NIRS request was never answered, much less approved.
- NIRS comments to U.S. Department of Energy on its last second changes to its 17 year old repository site suitability guidelines because Yucca Mountain could not live up to them, December 14, 2001.
- Protest U.S. Chamber of Commerce to dump atomic waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, NIRS Alert, December 6, 2001.
- Yucca Heats Up, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, November 23, 2001.
- NIRS Action Alert: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) changes its own rules in the middle of the game, public comments due Dec. 14th on Final Yucca Mountain Siting Guidelines. Nov. 30, 2001.
- NIRS/WISE newsletter article: Yucca Heats Up: fast and furious battles swirling around Yucca Mountain dump proposal. Nov. 21, 2001.
- Submit public comments to DOE on its Preliminary Site Suitability Evaluation for Yucca Mountain, NIRS Alert, October 10, 2001.
- NIRS comments on the Secretary of Energy’s "Possible Site Recommendation for Yucca Mountain," Nevada, for Development as a High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository, October 4, 2001.
- Despite new fear of terrorism, DOE railroads Mobile Chernobyl decision toward approval. NIRS article on the terrorist threat to high-level radioactive waste shipments, Sept. 20, 2001
- U.S. Dept. of Energy says “speak now or forever hold your peace”. Only two and half weeks left to say NO!!! to Yucca Mountain. NIRS action alert on DOE Preliminary Site Suitability Evaluation Review (PSSER) for Yucca Mountain, Sept. 17, 2001.
- Citizen Alert's general comments on the Supplement Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Citizen Alert. July 9, 2001.
- NIRS' Comments to the DOE on the Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain. July 6, 2001.
- The State of Nevada today filed suit in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA's recently promulgated rule governing allowable releases of radiation for a Yucca Mountain repository. The State's brief can be found at the here June 27, 2001
- Yucca Mountain Nuke Dump Update, NIRS/WISE Nuclear Monitor newsletter article, June 28, 2001.
- Healing Ourselves & Mother Earth's Comments on Supplement to Draft EIS for Proposed Yucca Mountain Repository. HOME, June 25, 2001
- A coalition of national and Nevada-based environmental, consumer advocacy, and public interest groups filed a lawsuit today, challenging the weakest aspects of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that establishes radiation protection standards for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. June 27, 2001.
- EPA Radiation Standards Offer Inadequate Protection from Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump: Important Precedent for Groundwater Protection Undermined by Rule's Deficiencies, NIRS and environmental coalition press release, June 6, 2001.
- Yucca Mountain: DOE bias to be investigated, WISE News Communique article, January 12, 2001
- 160+ U.S. organizations urge DOE to disqualify proposed Yucca Mountain waste site; state outrage over leaked contractor memo stating that DOE documents are intended to "sell" Yucca Mountain project. December 19, 2000
- NIRS communication to Clinton Administration White House Council on Environmental Quality regarding EPA radiation release regulations for Yucca Mountain, December 15, 2000.
- NIRS letter to Robert Perciasepe, Assistant Administrator at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air & Radiation, urging stringent radiation release regulations at Yucca Mountain, November 8, 2000.
- Protest Against Dumping Nuclear Wastes on Native American Lands Held at University of Michigan, NIRS press release, October 26, 2000.
- Letter about Yucca Mountain by Western Shoshone spiritual leader Corbin Harney of the Shundahai Network, October 24, 2000.
- Nuclear Waste + Native Lands= Environmental Racism. NIRS Alert. October 24, 2000.
- Why Yucca Mountain will fail as a nuclear waste repository, NIRS letter to U.S. Senators urging that President Clinton’s veto of S. 1287, the Mobile Chernobyl bill, be sustained, April 28, 2000.
- NIRS memo to U.S. Senators comparing the most outspoken pro-dump Senators’ League of Conservation Voters scores (all 0%!) with the anti-dump Senators’ LCV scores (a wee bit better), urging Senators to block S. 1287, the Screw-Nevada-Again bill that would gut EPA’s radiation release regulation setting authority, April 27, 2000.
- If You’re For Dumping Nuclear Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, You Must Be for Weakening the Safe Drinking Water Act, Too. NIRS Update, April 27, 2000.
- U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth request to U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw proposed rule change to 10 CFR 960 “General Guidelines for the Recommendation of Sites for Nuclear Waste Repositories; Final Siting Guidelines,” as well as the proposed new rule, 10 CFR Part 963, specific to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository, March 20, 2000.
- NIRS action alert: Further Update on Deadline for Comments on Proposed Changes to Yucca Mountain Siting Guidelines (10 CFR Parts 960 and 963); DOE Attempting to Weaken the Rules on Yucca Mountain and Future High-Level Nuclear Waste Repositories; March 7, 2000.
- NIRS action alert for group sign on letter to DOE Secretary Richardson urging withdrawal of proposed gutting of Yucca Mountain site suitability guidelines, March 4, 2000.
- Last chance to submit public comments to DOE on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Yucca Mountain. NIRS action alert. February 25, 2000.
- NIRS talking points on DOE Draft EIS for Yucca Mountain, February 16, 2000.
- NIRS comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Yucca Mountain. February 2000
- NIRS comments on DOE Yucca Mountain proposed guidelines. February 2000.
- NIRS sponsored “People’s Hearing on High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation,” held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, January 29, 2000.
- Why Yucca Mountain Will Fail as a Nuclear Waste Repository. NIRS fact sheet (written by Mary Olson, NIRS Southeast), January 10, 2000.
- Why We Call It Mobile Chernobyl. NIRS fact sheet, January 2000.
- Concerned Citizens Protest Plans to Transport High-Level Nuclear Waste Through Utah, NIRS press release, January 7, 2000.
- New developments at Yucca Mountain, WISE News Communique newsletter article, December 10, 1999
- State of Nevada testimony on Draft EIS for Yucca Mountain. December 1999
- NIRS comments on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule – Environmental Radiation Standards for Yucca Mountain, Nevada (40 CFR 197), November 24, 1999.
- Comment on EPA's proposed Yucca Mountain radiation standards! NIRS action alert, November 19, 1999.
- Mock nuke waste cask protest featuring Members of Congress against congressional efforts to ram through Mobile Chernobyl shipments to Yucca Mountain, outside U.S. DOE Draft Environmental Impact Statement public hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 1999.
- Members of Congress To Speak Out Against Proposed Nationwide High-Level Nuclear Waste Transportation and Disposal. NIRS press advisory, October 21, 1999.
- American Public Health Association resolution opposing nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, October 19, 1999.
- "The Pen Is Mightier than the Radioactive Fuel Rod,” submit public comments to EPA (on its radiation release regulations) and DOE (on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement) regarding Yucca Mountain, NIRS alert, October 19, 1999.
- Bad nuclear waste bill looming in U.S. Senate. Contact your Senators! NIRS alert. September 10, 1999.
- Enviro Groups say NO COMPROMISE! Murkowski Nuke Waste Bill Same Old Story, NIRS press release, September 9, 1999.
- Oppose S. 1287, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1999, September 1999
- Yucca Mountain Draft Environmental Impact Statement, WISE News Communique newsletter, August 27, 1999
- Comment on DOE Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Yucca Mountain, NIRS action alert, August 25, 1999.
- DOE Yucca Mountain Draft Environmental Impact Statement public hearings, NIRS alert, August 10, 1999
- NIRS comments on NRC's proposed Yucca Mountain licensing rule rule. June 30, 1999
- Comments by Dr. Arjun Makhijani of IEER on NRC's Draft Yucca Mtn. licensing rule, June 30, 1999.
- NIRS legislative update on the Mobile Chernobyl bill, June 22, 1999.
- An excerpt from the Statement of Michael Mariotte, Executive Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, on S. 608, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1999, Before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, March 24, 1999: “YUCCA MOUNTAIN IS UNSUITABLE AS A PERMANENT NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY.”
- Yucca Mountain viability assessment released,WISE News Communique newsletter article, January 22, 1999
- NIRS alert on HR 45, the Mobile Chernobyl bill of 1999, January 16, 1999
- 219 groups issue petition demanding disqualification of Yucca Mountain as waste site. Cover letter and signatories; copy of final petition. December 1998.
- Radioactive Contamination of the Drinking water supply beneath Yucca Mountain that Would Happen if High-Level Radioactive Waste is Buried There, NIRS Factsheet, November, 1998.
- Dump Yucca Mountain! Nation’s Environmental Groups Agree: Yucca Mountain is a terrible place to mind atomic waste, NIRS press release, November 18, 1998.
- Environmental Groups Petition DOE to Abandon Yucca Mountain as Site for High-Level Nuclear Waste Dump; Recent Scientific Findings Trigger Disqualification, Media Advisory, Nov. 17, 1998.
- NIRS letter to U.S. Senate urging support for President Clinton’s veto of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act Revisions, May 29,1998
- Urge your Senators to oppose the Mobile Chernobyl bill, S. 104! NIRS action alert. April 28, 1998.
- NIRS alert opposing Mobile Chernobyl/Screw-Nevada-Again bill in Congress on the 12th anniversary of Chernobyl, April 26, 1998.
- Stop Mobile Chernobyl Action Day. NIRS Alert. March 26, 1998.
- Senator Trent Lott an International Nuclear Waste Expert?—NOT! News from NIRS. April 21, 1998.
- New Revelations Prove Folly of Yucca Mountain as ‘Interim’ Dump, NIRS press release, March 27, 1998
- Stop Mobile Chernobly Action Day. NIRS Alert. March 26, 1998.
- Americans Agree: Mobile Chernobyl Bill is a Bad Idea, NIRS press release, March 10, 1998
- NIRS Legislative Update on the Mobile Chernobyl Bill (Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1997, HR1270 and S104). February 13, 1998
- January 31 1998--So What? Arrival of Atomic Waste‘Deadline’ Proves only that Sound Science and Politically-Derived Dates Don't Mesh, NIRS press release, January 26, 1998.
- The Top 11 Reasons to Oppose H.R. 1270, the Mobile Chernobyl Bill, October 20, 1997.
- Earthquake could cause flooding of Yucca Mountain repository, WISE News Communique article, July 4, 1997.
- NIRS alert to students, “Stop a Mobile Chernobyl!” April 4, 1997.
- NIRS concerns about S 104, The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1997, April 4, 1997.
- ALERT! DOE attempting to change (yet again!) rules for Yucca Mountain. Your comments are needed! (1/16/97) NIRS comments on this proposed rule change delivered to DOE in Nevada, January 23, 1997, on behalf of NIRS and several dozen other organizations.
- DOE Guts Nuclear Waste Regulation: Proposes Exemption of Yucca Mountain Site From Any Specific or Verifiable Disqualifying Factors in Evaluation for Permanent Repository, NIRS alert, January 16, 1997.
- Mary Olson of NIRS testifying on behalf of 43 organizations at DOE hearing in Las Vegas, Nevada against the gutting of site suitability rules for the Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository, January 23, 1997.