Yucca budget facing big cuts over 2009-10, Reid says

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A few weeks after Sen. Harry Reid declared that the Yucca Mountain project was going to “bleed real hard” in the coming year, he said Monday that the already reduced budget for the controversial nuclear waste plan will be cut “significantly” for the remainder of 2009, and that a 2010 White House spending request will contain “little if anything at all.”

“The budget for Yucca Mountain, this time we are going to cut it by a significant number,” Reid said. “And I think for next year the budget we get from the president will have little if anything at all. I have no doubt this is true.”

The comments ratchet up Reid’s drive to end the repository project now that he will have an ally in the White House.


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