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ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS SET TO DISCUSS FINDINGS ON YUCCA MT., NUCLEAR WASTE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT, AT LAS VEGAS CONFERENCE

 ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS SET TO DISCUSS FINDINGS ON YUCCA MT.,
 NUCLEAR WASTE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT, AT LAS VEGAS CONFERENCE
 The complexities of nuclear waste management and disposal will undergo intense scientific scrutiny at the Third Annual International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference.
 Set for Las Vegas, April 13-16, the meeting will bring together engineers and scientists from more than 15 nations. The attendees' goals: educating, communicating and cross-fertilizing scientific research and findings on the technical elements of an issue in dire need of a feasible solution in the coming years.
 The most favored solution within the scientific community is burial of the "hot" materials in remote, deep underground repositories. Here in the United States, after nearly a decade of legal maneuvering between the state of Nevada, Congress, the Executive branch, and the federal courts, Department of Energy officials have begun tests to determine the suitability of the only American repository candidate, Nevada's Yucca Mt.
 At this meeting, answers to some important Yucca Mt. questions will finally be revealed. Reaching a definitive conclusion on those questions -- which concern factors such as seismicity, volcanism and ground-water levels -- has long been considered crucial in the scientific process surrounding the candidate site.
 At the conference, U.S. Nuclear Waste Negotiator David Leroy will shed light on at least 16 Indian tribes and communities who have expressed initial interest in hosting a proposed surface-based, temporary, nuclear storage facility (or "Monitored Retrievable Storage" site).
 A technology-oriented affair, the convening is expected to bring together more than 1,000 nuclear waste professionals. Those professionals -- civil, mechanical, environmental, chemical and mining engineers, as well as hydrologists, seismologists and geologists -- represent the various disciplines whose contributions will prove necessary to make any solution feasible.
 Hosted by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the conference is being organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), with technical program development coordinated by the American Nuclear Society.
 Founded in 1852, ASCE is the oldest national engineering society in the country and currently has over 110,000 members.
 CONTACT: Neil Gaffney of American Society of Civil Engineers, 202-789-2200, or 702-791-7111 (after April 10).
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