Officials warn budget cuts might delay Yucca license review

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WASHINGTON — The license review to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is on schedule so far but federal officials warned today that further budget cuts could kick it off track.

There already are signs that tight spending might be having an impact, even before Congress finishes Yucca Mountain bills for 2009 and 2010 that many expect will contain reduced spending.

Chris Kouts, deputy director of the Energy Department’s repository program, said there might be a delay in completing a groundwater study the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had ordered as part of its license examination.


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