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Yucca Mountain

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Transcript of Yucca Mountain

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Storage
By:Amelia McCauley, Joe Bowman, and Kylee McCracken
Plate Tectonics
Early Yucca Mountain
In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which required a mandatory construction of a deep geologic repository for nuclear waste and isolation. In 1983, the U.S. Department of Energy chose nine locations in six states for contemplation as possible repository sites. The suggestions were based off of data collected over those last ten years. One of those nine locations was Yucca Mountain. 1987 is when the studies were focused on Yucca Mountain, because it was the most promising site.
Yucca Mountain Today
Yucca Mountain's nuclear waste storage area is completely unused, and marked only by it's fenced of entrance. Since the site is now shut down, there is no nuclear waste being stored in the facility. And also because Yucca Mountain is shut down, it was safe for producers to film a scene there, in the 2014 Godzilla movie; the scene when they were looking for the MUTO egg. Sorry, but there are no MUTO eggs waiting to hatch and destroy Las Vegas in the abandoned repository.
Yucca Mountain Recommendation
We do not recommend Yucca Mountain as it is because it is currently unused, has no funding, has many political issues, protests, and there are too many risks involved. We think that scientists should find a way to reuse nuclear waste/power. But if it was still up and running, it would still pose too many threats. You'd have to travel through forty-three states to get the nuclear waste it the repository. Yucca Mountain is also located near seven dormant volcanoes, and if any of those volcanoes were to erupt, or even just a tiny leak in a storage container, nuclear waste could contaminate ground water, and poison it. Earthquakes are another big problem, for Nevada has the fourth largest amount of earthquakes per year in the U.S. And if the rain caused the mount
ain to weather and erode,
it could pose a danger of falling sediments/chunk
s

of rock.
For many years, scientists and the government have debated on where to put a permanate high-level nuclear waste storage plant. Some people believe that one of the best places to store this nuclear waste would be Yucca Mountain, located in The Great Basin within Nevada, approximately 80 miles from Las Vegas.
Introduction
Yucca Mountain
Formation of Yucca Mountain
Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_Mountain_nuclear_waste_repository
http://www.landercountynwop.com/historical.htm

Yucca Mountain was formed by several large eruptions from a caldera volcano. Yucca Mountain is made up of alternating ignimbrite (welded tuff), non-welded tuff, and semi-welded tuff. The tuff around the repository is said to protect human health and pose as a natural barrier for raditation.
Vocabulary
Caldera volcano
- a cauldron-like volcanic feature on large, central volcanoes, formed when a magma chamber is emptied. It can range from one to several kilometers wide.
Tuff
- a light, porous rock formed by consolidation of volcanic ash.
Consolidation
- combine a number of things into a single more effective or coherent whole.
Ignimbrite
- a volcanic rock consisting essentially of pumice fragments, formed by the consolidation of material deposited by pyroclastic flows.
Pyroclastic
- relating to, consisting of, or denoting fragments of rock erupted by a volcano
http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/Top-10-Facts-About-Yucca-Mountain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_Mountain
http://www.nei.org/Master-Document-Folder/Backgrounders/Fact-Sheets/Yucca-Mountain-Myths-and-Facts-Opponents-Distort-o

Interesting Facts
Yucca Mountain is remote, arid, and geologically stable.
The odds of an eruption at Yucca Mountain is 1 in 70 million.
The U.S. Department of Energy designed the repository to limit public radiation exposures for one million years.
Even though it's shut down, Yucca Mountain is a state-of-the-art facility.
Yucca Mountain is 6,706 feet high.
Yucca Mountain gets about 19 centimeters of rain per year, while the average rainfall per year in the US is 87.6 centimeters.
Welded
- to combine and form an effective whole.
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Extra Information
There is no water sources near Yucca Mountain. Well, nothing but an occasional rain.
There are no other nuclear waste storage sites in Nevada.
No one lives at/ in Yucca Mountain.
Yucca Mountain has three aquifers.
The last very destructive earthquake at Yucca Mountain was about 50,000 years ago, but, there have been many dangerously close to Yucca Mountain.
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