First nuclear weapon tests were officially conducted.
Nevada Test Site
January 1951 - December 2012
Nuclear tests have been conducted in Nevada, spreading significant amounts of radiation throughout huge areas around the country.
October 1958 - September 1961
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.
Nuclear Waste Policy Act
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.
Obama stops Yucca
President Obama stops the Yucca project indefinitely by withholding funding (Wald).
Washington, SC Sue
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.