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For over two decades, the Yucca Mountain Project has conducted an extensive scientific effort to determine whether Yucca Mountain, Nevada is a suitable site for a deep underground facility called a repository. The purpose of a repository is to safely isolate highly radioactive nuclear waste for at least 10,000 years. On July 9, 2002, the U.S. Senate cast the final legislative vote approving the development of a repository at Yucca Mountain The Yucca Mountain Project is currently focused on preparing an application to obtain a license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to construct a repository.
Scientists have long considered Yucca Mountain a promising site for a repository due to the area’s dry climate, remoteness, stable geology, deep water table, and closed water basin.