No safety conclusions in report on nuclear dump via

By KEN RITTER and MATTHEW DALY , 07.21.11, 10:28 PM EDT
WASHINGTON — A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report released Thursday makes no conclusions about whether entombing the nation’s most radioactive material at the Yucca Mountain site in the desert northwest of Las Vegas is scientifically sound or safe.

The federal oversight agency released a statement acknowledging that the 733-page technical evaluation includes no findings about whether the proposed Yucca Mountain repository meets regulatory requirements. It promised two more volumes before Sept. 30.

Nevada’s top state official working to stop the Yucca Mountain project pointed to that date as the last day of the federal government’s fiscal year and noted that federal money for the stalled project has been drying up.

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