STB Denies Nev.’s Request to Halt DOE Project

WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board has denied a request by the State of Nevada to reject the application of the United States Department of Energy for authority to construct and operate an approximately 300-mile railroad line in Nevada, in the Board proceeding entitled United States Department of Energy — Rail Construction and Operation — Caliente Rail Line in Lincoln, Nye, and Esmeralda counties.

The Board found that DOE’s application was sufficiently complete for this stage of the proceeding.

The proposed rail line, to be known as the Caliente Line, would connect an existing line near Caliente, Nev., to a proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, in Nye County, Nev. The proposed line would allow the DOE to transport spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste for disposal at the proposed geologic repository, and to provide common carrier rail service to communities situated along the proposed line.