Development of Rail Access to the Yucca Mountain Site: Technical and Publc Issues

by W. B. Andrews, SAIC, United States,
P. E. Seidler, SAIC, United States,
J. J. Tappen, SAIC, United States,
P. N. Standish, SAIC, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The Yucca Mountain site, located on the southwestern edge of the Nevada Test Site (NTS), is an undeveloped area under investigation as a potential site for high-level nuclear waste (HLW) disposal by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The site currently lacks rail service and an existing rail right-of-way. If the site is found suitable and is selected for development as a HLW disposal site, rail service is desirable to the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) Program because of the potential of rail to reduce number of shipments and costs relative to highway transportation. It is anticipated that the rail spur will be operational after the year 2000. This paper discusses the scope of studies conducted to date to identify and evaluate potential rail routes from major rail carriers in the region to the Yucca Mountain site.

Subject Headings: Site investigation | Rail transportation | Radioactive wastes | Recycling | Highway and road management | Waste disposal | Federal government | Routing (transportation) | Nevada | United States

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