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WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain continues to stake his claim as the go-to supporter of nuclear energy and Yucca Mountain.
At a Senate energy hearing today, McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate, grilled Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about including nuclear power as part of the renewable energy equation.
President Barack Obama supports nuclear power, but has proposed significantly scaling back funding for the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in the upcoming fiscal 2010 budget. Congress has consistently reduced funds to study the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, a technology some see as an alternative to storage but others dismiss as decades from fruition.