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The Nye County NWRPO tracks issues of regulatory concern, decides which of these issues are significant to the County's health, safety and economic well being, and ensures the County's positions and policies are considered by DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB), and others.

The NWRPO is also responsible for guaranteeing Nye County can participate effectively in any licensing proceeding for a repository facility.  NWRPO's regulatory and licensing oversight activities include:

  • Monitoring EPA, DOE, NRC and other oversight agencies' regulatory and licensing activities;

  • Addressing regulatory and licensing issues with relevant agencies;

  • Working closely with the NWRPO on-site representative to assure the Independent Scientific Investigations Program (ISIP) is addressing issues of regulatory and licensing significance; and

  • Ensuring Nye County is prepared to participate effectively in any future repository licensing proceedings

License Application

In June 2008, The Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a license application to the NRC to allow construction of the Yucca Mountain geologic repository in Nye County. In September, 2008 the NRC accepted DOE’s License Application for review. The NRC’s regulations allow interested parties to participate in the Licensing Process and these potential parties must have submitted any contentions by December 22, 2008. 

On December 19, 2008 the Nye County Nevada Nuclear Waste Repository Project Office (NWRPO) submitted seven contentions to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the Yucca Mountain licensing proceedings. Two of these are joint contentions with Esmeralda, Mineral, Churchill, Lander and Inyo (CA) Counties.  A press release and summary of the seven contentions and a full text version of the document  "Nye County, Nevada Petition to Intervene and Contentions" are available.


Licensing Support Network (LSN)

The LSN is a web-based information system containing documentary material relevant to the Department of Energy's (DOE) planned license application for a high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The LSN is intended to provide public access to relevant information prior to submittal of the license application. 

All potential parties to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's licensing proceeding, including Nye County, are required to place relevant documentary material in the LSN. The NRC's regulations for the LSN are found in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2, Subpart J Procedures Applicable to Proceedings for the Issuance of Licenses for the Receipt of High-Level Radioactive Waste at a Geologic Repository”.

The Nye County LSN document collection was certified on January 17, 2008. 

Where can the public access the LSN?

You can access the LSN on the Internet at http://www.lsnnet.gov. If you do not have access to the Internet, you can find public Internet access at the following locations:

  • Pahrump Yucca Mountain Information Center

  • Most community libraries

  • Most colleges and universities


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