Chu calls nuclear waste ‘thorny’ issue

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WASHINGTON — Steven Chu said Tuesday that as energy secretary he will pursue the “best possible scientific analysis” to chart the disposal of the nation’s nuclear waste, without saying what he plans to do about the proposed Yucca Mountain repository.

Appearing at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Chu was asked how he plans to approach nuclear waste management, where the government’s preferred disposal site in Nevada is more than 10 years behind schedule.

Chu, a Chinese-American who has been director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2004, said he hopes science will provide answers, including nuclear waste recycling “in the long term.”


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