Yucca Mountain Contractors Slashing Jobs

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Contractors for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository are slashing jobs.

Department of Energy spokesman Allen Benson says the new prime
contractor, USA Repository Service, has notified employees that it
plans to cut 500 of its roughly 600 contract workers.

Benson says Sandia National Laboratories, another participant in the program, also will be reducing staff. He did not have details on Friday.

The Yucca Mountain staff is shrinking in expectation that Congress will cut another $100 million from the controversial, proposed nuclear
waste dump 90 miles outside Las Vegas.

Federal officials say the latest round of job cuts will bring the staff to fewer than 900, from a high of about 2,750 three years ago.

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