LAS VEGAS -- A Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel is set to hear arguments in Las Vegas about whether the federal Energy Department can withdraw its application to build a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
Local officials are calling a decision by the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and Construction Authorization Board pivotal to the fate of the Yucca Mountain project. A public hearings is expected to take all day Thursday at an NRC hearing facility near McCarran International Airport. The panel of administrative judges will also consider whether several petitioners can be admitted as parties in licensing proceedings.
They're also hearing how millions of documents generated during more than 25 years of study of the site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas could be archived, maintained and preserved.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)