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Low Level Radioactive Policy Act

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  • Enacted in 1980, amended in 1985.
  • Events/Situations: Pressure from the state governments of Washington, South Carolina, and Nevada forced the U.S. Congress to pass the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act to ease the burden on those states.
  • No controversies, but there was a big argument about storing high-level radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain due to its frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
  • The act gave each U.S. state the responsibility of developing a method of disposing of their own waste by 1986.
  • Amendments set a series of penalties for states who did not follow the policy
  • By 1993, Nevada had completely closed its waste disposal site, Washington was only accepting waste from the Northwest, and by 1994 South Carolina was accepting waste solely from the Southeast Compact.
  • It also set a limit on the federal government and how efficiently it disposes of waste.

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