Why did the Obama administration shut down the only long-term nuclear energy waste storage facility planned for the U.S.?
Inquiries to the Obama administration by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Government Accountability Office showed that the decision to shut down the Yucca Mountain storage facility "was made for policy reasons, not technical or safety reasons." The Obama administration made this decision after the federal government spent $15 billion to evaluate and develop the Yucca facility and after nuclear power plant operators paid about $30 billion to the federal government to store the waste. The government has not taken the waste, and most of it is currently stored at nuclear power plants. Trump's 2018 budget blueprint called for "$120 million to restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and initiate a robust interim storage program." This provision was not included in the subsequent budget passed by Congress and signed by Trump.