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Waste builds at S.C. reactors as new opposition forms for Nevada disposal site via Greenville online

The federal government has spent $7 billion studying the abandoned Yucca Mountain project, a site in the Nevada desert seen for decades by its backers as the best hope for a permanent graveyard for toxic nuclear waste stockpiling at the Oconee Nuclear Station and across South Carolina.

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Republicans in South Carolina are convinced that the project still has breath. They point to what they say is a government agency — driven by partisan politics — hiding key information that would prove Yucca Mountain is scientifically sound.

Nuclear watchdogs say the court ruling is “only a symbolic gesture” and “will have no impact on the status of the project.”

One longtime South Carolina Democrat — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Orangeburg — has dropped his support for Yucca Mountain as a permanent disposal site and has instead shifted his focus to New Mexico.

Meanwhile, more and more spent fuel is created each day as the government is on the hook for the millions spent in court over its broken promises to store the nation’s waste permanently.

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