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LAS VEGAS (AP) — These days, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prefers nothing so much as a one-word description for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository long planned for his state: dead.
And President Barack Obama has made clear he is looking elsewhere to solve the nation’s nuclear waste problem.
But that doesn’t mean people aren’t still paying for it. Sometimes not even a president with the Senate majority leader at his back can easily kill a project 25 years and $13.5 billion in the making. Not quickly or cheaply, anyway.