Yucca application filed on Inauguration Day DOE document sought water rights

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While the Obama administration has been pursuing a course to kill the Yucca Mountain Project, the Department of Energy has been quietly forging ahead with its plan to obtain water rights for building a rail line across rural Nevada to haul the nation’s highly radioactive waste for burial in the mountain.

On the day Barack Obama was sworn in as president, a DOE official in Las Vegas filed a water rights application for the rail project with the state engineer’s office.

Without saying if the application will be rescinded, Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s spokeswoman said Friday that it “was submitted during the previous administration and should not be taken as any indication of the Obama administration’s policy, especially since the president’s budget announcement made it clear yet again that the administration does not consider Yucca Mountain an option for waste storage, period.”



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