Will Yucca licensing still continue if dump dies?

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WASHINGTON — The paper of record weighs in today on the Yucca Mountain debate, insisting the licensing process must go forward even if the dump is to be killed.

In an editorial in today’s editions, the New York Times worries that President Barack Obama’s proposed steep budget cuts to the nuclear waste repository project may leave the Energy Department unable to fully defend its application before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to license the facility.

Even with Obama’s stated intention to terminate the Yucca Mountain endeavor and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying the dump is dead, the paper reasons licensing should continue — and Congress should make sure adequate funding is there to do so.



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