Yucca Mountain costs stir lawmakers

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CARSON CITY, Nev.—State lawmakers raised questions Monday about how much money Nevada may need to provide for legal costs in the fight against federal efforts to open a high-level nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto told the Senate Finance Committee she needs about $5 million for legal costs in dealing with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a licensing application for the dump.

The state’s NRC-related costs could eventually double that amount, Cortez Masto added. The state’s petition to the NRC listed more than 200 reasons to keep a federal nuclear waste dump out of the southern portion of the state.



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