cuts Yucca Mountain funds
Las Vegas Sun, July 23, 2002
Washington - A Senate subcommittee voted Monday to cut one-third of
money President Bush requested for work at the proposed nuclear waste
burial site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
The panel, headed by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., a foe of the storage
would provide $336 million for preliminary work at the location, which
is 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The president, a supporter of the
plan, proposed $525 million, the same amount a House version of the
Two weeks ago, advocates of the proposed $58 billion project won a
pivotal victory when the Senate voted 60-39 to block Nevada from vetoing
the plan. The House voted its consent in May.
Reid and other opponents have pledged to keep fighting the project
the courts and at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The plan envisions burying 77,000 tons of highly radioactive materials,
mostly from power plants in 31 states, under Yucca Mountain.
Supporters hope it will be ready by 2010. The site has been studied
two decades at a cost of nearly $7 billion.
A Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee included the money in
$26.3 billion measure financing next year's energy and water projects,
which are widely popular among lawmakers. The overall bill is $800
million above Bush's request and $1.1 billion over this year's total.