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In another blow to the Yucca Mountain project, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission today decided to allow 299 of the 318 challenges to the repository license to be heard. The Department of Energy submitted its license application for Yucca Mountain last year, but since President Obama took office, the federal government has changed its stance on the project. Already this year, the Obama Administration has slashed funding for Yucca Mountain and commissioned a blue-ribbon panel to explore alternatives to the repository