Quakes Still Rocking Yucca Mt. Waste Site

LAS VEGAS - After spending more than $6.5 billion, the DOE has yet to declare its radioactive waste project at Yucca Mountain, NV suitable for long-term, (hundred of thousands of years) storage of irradiated reactor fuel rods.

Between May 14 and 17, another 16 earthquakes, ranging between 2.8 and 4.3 on the Richter Scale, shook Yucca Mountain.  Quakes are so common in the area that hardly a week goes by when it is not listed on the U.S. Geologic Survey's earthquake site.  Public Citizen, NIRS and other DOE critics said in February that the government's own analysis should finally disqualify the site.

-Department of Energy Challenges, GAO/OCG-99-6; U.S. Earthquake Service, http://civeng.carleton.ca/cgl-binz/quakes