The Nuclear Waste Policy Act as amended (NWPA), designated the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada as the only site to be considered for a geologic repository for disposal of spent fuel and high-level nuclear waste. The NWPA also provided for the Affected Units of Local Government (AULG) within the vicinity of Yucca Mountain to oversee and participate in the Yucca Mountain Project. By affording AULG participation rights, Congress sought to increase public confidence in the scientific integrity of the repository program, provide citizens the means to interact with the federal government, and demonstrate a commitment to external oversight.
The following is a list of Counties with "Affected" Status - Affected Units of Local Government (AULG) and links to their Nuclear Waste Oversight websites.
Affected Units of Local Government
Churchill County Nuclear Waste Oversight
Their web site informs the public about issues relating
to the potential nuclear waste site planned at Yucca Mountain.
The Yucca Mountain site is located in Nye County, Nevada, approximately
100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1978, the Office of
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) began studying Yucca
Mountain. In the past 20 years OCRWM has conducted scientific and
engineering investigations at the site to determine its suitability
as a nuclear waste repository.
|Churchill County Courthouse
County Nuclear Waste Program of Comprehensive Planning
The Nuclear Waste program of Comprehensive Planning was created
in 1988 to provide program oversight, impact assessment studies
and provide public outreach regarding the proposed high-level nuclear
waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The Federal funds received
for the program prohibits Clark County from participating in lobbying,
litigation and coalition efforts.
Clark County, Nevada Courthouse
Esmeralda County Repository Oversight Program
Esmeralda County has been overseeing the site characterization of
Yucca Mountain since 1988 even though Esmeralda County was not granted "affected" status
by the U.S. Department of Energy until 1991 after successful joint
petition with Inyo County, California, to the Ninth Circuit Court
Esmeralda County, Nevada Courthouse
Nuclear Waste Office
As one of the designated Affected Units of Local Government,
Eureka County maintains this web site to keep citizens informed
about the decisions concerning the potential transportation and
storage of nuclear waste that will affect their lives.
Eureka County, Nevada Courthouse
Inyo County Yucca
Mountain Repository Assessment Office
Yucca Mountain is located in the drainage basin of the Amargosa
River. The Amargosa River is a large drainage that in the extreme
desert heat, only comes to the surface in a few places. The river
surfaces around the Inyo County communities of Death Valley Junction,
Shoshone, and Tecopa before reaching its terminus in Death Valley
National Park near Badwater. Potential impacts caused by the siting
of high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain could affect the
waters of this drainage and a lower carbonate aquifer that drains
south from Yucca Mountain into the Amargosa Valley and west into
Death Valley. Inyo County is actively involved in studying the
characteristics of this lower carbonate aquifer, which is thought
to come to the surface in many springs on the western edge of Death
| Inyo County Courthouse in
Nuclear Projects Office
Mineral County, Nevada's oversight program informs the county
residents about the repository project, monitors the site characterization
activities taking place at the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear
Waste Oversight Repository project and prepares the County to review
and comment on documents, study plans and progress reports generated
by the Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste
Management and other entities who are involved in the processes
at Yucca Mountain.
Mineral County Courthouse, Hawthorne, NV
Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office
The Nye County Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office (NWRPO)
works to protect the interests of the citizens of Nye County in
activities and negotiations related to the transport, disposal
and storage of nuclear waste in and through the County.
County Yucca Mountain Oversight Program
As one of the designated Affected Units of Local Government, Lander
County maintains their web site to inform citizens about issues
related to the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.
This web site contains documents, photos, maps, and more about
the history and current developments concerning the Yucca Mountain
Lander County Courthouse
County Yucca Mountain Oversight
Since 1988, when Lincoln County received status of Affected Unit
of Local Government, the County's Joint City/County impact Alleviation
Committee (JCCIAC) has commissioned a series of independent studies
from respected researchers at technical consulting firms and institutions.
These studies were designed to inform the resident of Lincoln County
on the range of impacts that might be expected if the state of
nevada designates a heavy-haul or legal weight truck reroute through
Lincoln County, if the DOE builds a rival line between the City
of Caliente and the Yucca Mountain repository and/or if the DOe
sites a intermodal transfer facility near the City of Caliente.
Lincoln County Courthouse
White Pine Nuclear Waste Project
The White Pine County Nuclear Waste Project Office
monitors the Yucca Mountain Project activities, especially in regard
to potential shipments of high-level radioactive waste through
White Pine County and its communities.
U.S. Highway 93 passes directly through McGill and
Ely in very close proximity to residences, businesses and schools.
It is a primary route through White Pine County for tourists traveling
to and from the Pacific Northwest. Although this route is not currently
identified as an alternative for transporting high-level waste,
it is used for transporting low-level waste to the Nevada Test
Site, and there is concern that high-level waste could potentially
be transported via this route.
White Pine County Courthouse