The Nuclear Waste Policy Act Amendments of 1987 designated Yucca Mountain in
Southwestern Nevada as the site for a national geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste.
The Department of Energy assigned management of the program to the Office of Civilian
Nuclear Waste Management (OCRWM). Bechtel SAIC Company, LLC (BSC) was the
management and operating contractor for OCRWM's Yucca Mountain Project from April 1,
2001, until its contract with the Department ended on March 31, 2009. In early 2009, the
Department indicated that it intended to terminate the Project and is moving to shut down all
activities by September 30, 2010.