Yucca on death row, nearing if not already ascending the scaffold

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WASHINGTON — The proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump is going more rapidly nowhere at all, as Sen. Harry Reid is seeing to it that it receives the smallest budget in its decades-long history.

The Obama administration’s budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year released yesterday “follow through on its commitment to end the failed Yucca Mountain proposal and instead pursue other alternatives for storage of the nation’s nuclear waste,” according to a release from Reid’s office.

The proposed budget figure of $197 million marks a reduction of more than $90 million from last year’s.



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