Obama Slashing Yucca Mountain Funding in 2010

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - President Barack Obama's 2010 budget is seeking $197 million for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, the lowest level of funding since the federal Energy Department began studying the site in 1983.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid's office disclosed the amount Wednesday. Reid office says the proposed budget also contains language reiterating the Obama administration's plan to kill the project and seek alternatives for nuclear waste disposal.

Reid spokesman Jon Summers says the spending plan also designates $56 million for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the body that is currently reviewing an application to license the Yucca Mountain site.

Summers says additional details on the budget will be made public Thursday.

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