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Why You Maybe Should Care About Yucca Mountain

The crest of Nevada's Yucca Mountain
The crest of Nevada's Yucca MountainPhotograph by U.S. Dept. of Energy via Bloomberg

Yucca Mountain, a ridge in the desert of southern Nevada and the government’s controversial pick for a nuclear wastebasket, is back in play … kind of.

A federal appeals court ruled this week that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has to keep reviewing a license application for the site, even though Nevada Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other critics effectively halted the plans in 2010.