Is the Yucca mountain storage facility experiencing earthquake activity during construction?



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    Not really, because there hasn’t been much construction going on at Yucca Mountain lately, but yes, earthquake activities in the area have had an impact on the facility and may be a key part of the decision whether it will be completed at all. The federal government has been trying to construct a facility for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel rods at Yucca Mountain in Nevada since at least 2002, despite the fierce opposition of environmentalists and local activist groups. Congress and the White House have gone back and forth over Yucca Mountain as political conditions have changed, and as of 2009 the Obama administration has said it doesn’t believe Yucca Mountain is a viable site.┬áSeismic activity is one reason. Since 1976 there have been 621 earthquakes greater than 2.5 on the Richter scale within a 50-mile radius of the proposed facility, the largest one a 5.6 magnitude quake in 1992. The potential for earthquakes means increased dangers for the operation of the facility, not just for the waste once it’s put there, but also transporting it to the site. To date $9 billion has been spent on the project and it’s not even close to opening for waste disposal.

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