Reid: Obama to zero out Yucca’s budget

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that the new president will essentially zero out funding for Yucca Mountain in the 2010 fiscal year budget being submitted to Congress in coming weeks.

President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed budget may contain only minimal funds to begin transitioning the Yucca Mountain program from a long-term nuclear waste dump north of Las Vegas to a system of on-site storage sites at existing power plants across the country. There may also be funds to help workers in Nevada adjust as the project mission is changed.

“When Obama’s budget comes out for the following year, there’ll be nothing in it for Yucca Mountain,” Reid said.


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