Nevada officials watching federal Yucca, plutonium proposals

Published: Dec. 12, 2018 at 3:29 PM PST
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Nevada officials postponed until at least January submitting an end-of-year report to the governor about state efforts to fight federal proposals to bury the nation's nuclear reactor waste north of Las Vegas.

The state

cited uncertainty Wednesday about whether Congress will allocate any funds in coming days for the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository.

Agency officials also reviewed a lawsuit filed recently to block a separate plan by the Energy Department to ship weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a U.S. radioactive materials handling facility at the former Nevada nuclear nuclear proving ground.

The Yucca Mountain project was shelved in 2010 under pressure from then-Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama. They said nuclear waste should be stored in a state that wants it.

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