PROPOSED NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP: Yucca might be cut more

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WASHINGTON — The already scaled back federal funding to bury nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain would drop by close to $100 million more through the rest of fiscal 2009, continuing a steep downward spiral that raises new questions about the future of the project.

The office of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., disclosed new spending cuts Wednesday for the unpopular Nevada project that he once vowed to make “bleed real hard” and that he says he is trying to end altogether.

The annual spending level of $288.4 million would be a record low or close to it for the 26-year-old nuclear project, Department of Energy managers said.

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