U.S. Denies Request to Block NV Nuclear Waste Railroad
To be known as the Caliente Line, the 300-mile railroad would connect the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility to an existing line near Caliente, Nevada. According to the DOE application, the railroad would carry spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste to Yucca Mountain. The proposed Caliente Line would run through or near the Nevada towns of Tonopah, Goldfield, Beatty and Amargosa Valley.
After 20-years of environmental and engineering study, spiked by almost constant protest, the Department of Energy officially submitted its application for a license to construct the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on June 3, 2008.