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In July 2002, after 24 years of scientific studies, much of which Los Alamos researchers have headed, Congress accepted DOE's recommendation to prepare a license application for Yucca Mountain to be the nation's first long-term geologic repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The site, located approximately 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas in Nye County, Nevada, has become one of our Laboratory's primary geotechnical research areas.

Core science data collection and long-duration testing results from the Yucca Mountain Project have provided a scientific basis for the repository's site recommendation. Our geotechnical staff is coordinating and integrating testing activities throughout excavation. Los Alamos also is helping to ensure that continuity is maintained from design and construction through testing.

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