Natural Resources and Federal Facilities

The Nye County Nuclear Waste Project Office (NWRPO) serves to protect the interests of the citizens of Nye County regarding the federal government's Yucca Mountain Project.

Yucca Mountain, located in Nye County, is the sole candidate site for the nation's first high-level civilian nuclear waste repository. Although Nye County did not request such status, it is federally mandated as the candidate site for the Yucca Mountain repository.

Because Nye is the host county for the project, it has legal standing as the unit of local government with limited jurisdiction over the site. Based on this fact, Nye County has certain rights of participation, funding, and on-site representation related to Yucca Mountain policies and activities.

September 15, 2022

A new report is now available that summarizes and analyzes input to DOE’s December 2021 request for information (RFI) on “Using a Consent-Based Siting Process to Identify Federal Interim Storage Facilities.” DOE received 225 submissions in response to the RFI from a wide variety of commenters, including Tribal, State, and local governments; non-governmental organizations; members of academia and industry; other stakeholders; and individual commenters.