Obama scales down Yucca Mountain

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US President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget request has scaled back funding for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

Although it does not specify numbers, the budget, published on February 26, says: “The Yucca Mountain program will be scaled back to those costs necessary to answer enquiries from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, while the Administration devises a new strategy toward nuclear waste disposal.”

The Department of Energy applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to begin construction on Yucca Mountain in June 2008. Yucca Mountain’s 2009 budget is $495m, to ‘continue development of the nuclear waste repository and support defense of the license application while under Nuclear Regulatory Commission review.’



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