a brief history
First nuclear weapon tests were officially conducted.
Nuclear tests have been conducted in Nevada, spreading significant amounts of radiation throughout huge areas around the country.
A "moratorium" or stoppage of nuclear test announced by president Eisenhower with the expectation that the Soviet Union would follow (secret testing would resume due to the Cold War).
Jimmy Carter announced a ban on nuclear reprocessing fueled by fear of "nuclear weapons proliferation" brought on by the ongoing Cold War. This ban was a major setback for nuclear energy and it's growth.
Called for Department of Energy to research possible waste repository sites.
Amended Nuclear Waste Act to make Yucca Mountain the only candidate site for a repository.
President Obama stops the Yucca project indefinitely by withholding funding (Wald).
In an attempt to free up the project and get rid of their waste, the states of Washington and South Carolina filed suit (Wald).
Department of Energy issued a statement that it would begin a 35 year plan to search for a new repository.