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t has already been dumped, but the the long-running Yucca Mountain waste disposal plan has now been officially ‘terminated’ in the US Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) 2010 budget request.
Although energy secretary Steven Chu requested $197 million for the USA’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, the money is only enough to keep the office ticking over and liaise with regulators who are examining the license application for the project.
The DoE said that under its budget proposal: “All funding for the development of the Yucca Mountain facility would be eliminated, such as further land acquisition, transportation access, and additional engineering.