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Obama to zero out Yucca Mountain funding, pull license - Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 | 11:50 ... - 0 views

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    "President Barack Obama plans to zero out funding for Yucca Mountain and "take steps" to withdraw the project's pending license application, according to a preview of the 2011 budget that will be announced Monday.

    The president's intention to pull the license application -- a promise he made while campaigning in Nevada -- would be one of the most critical moves yet in stopping the proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada."
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Budget cut could trash Yucca data - ReviewJournal.com - 0 views

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    "A panel weighing the Energy Department's license application for building a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain wonders what will happen to 80 million pages of supporting documents if funding to keep track of them is slashed after September.

    "If the system doesn't work and those documents can't be retrieved, that's roughly akin to tossing it in the waste basket," said Administrative Judge Thomas Moore of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Construction Authorization Board.

    His comment Wednesday during a hearing in Las Vegas was aimed at preserving more than two decades of scientific work about the site, 100 miles northwest of the Las Vegas Valley. That's where the Department of Energy had planned to bury 77,000 tons of highly radioactive waste and used reactor fuel.

    After the license application was submitted in the waning months of the Bush Administration, the Obama administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have said the site now is not an option for a national nuclear waste repository. Nevertheless, the agency's effort to seek a license is continuing, at least through the end of the 2010 fiscal year."
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White House, Energy Department clash over Yucca Mountain cuts - Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010... - 0 views

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    "The Department of Energy and the White House are at odds over how steep to cut the Yucca Mountain budget for fiscal 2011, according to reports.

    Energy Secretary Stephen Chu is balking over the White House plan to slash the budget for the nearly-doomed nuclear waste dump north of Las Vegas, according to reports in Energy Daily and the Wall Street Journal.

    Apparently, the White House wants to zero out the $46 million in the Energy Department's request in the president's new budget due next month.

    Chu sent a letter to White House budget director Peter Orszag last month arguing that at least $25 million was needed to close out the Yucca Mountain office, including for the retention of "critical knowledge and data.""
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The end of Yucca, according to Obama - Las Vegas Sun - 0 views

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    For those of you want to read it for yourselves, this is what the end of Yucca Mountain looks like, straight from President Barack Obama's proposed 2010 budget released today.

    It starts with the heading, "Termination: Yucca Mountain Repository Program".

    Then it's downhill from there.

    But you can read it for yourself.

    Here is the full text from the president's proposed budget (minus the chart):
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AFP: Obama's energy chief announces nuclear waste panel - 0 views

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    US Energy Secretary Steven Chu backed a new generation of nuclear power Wednesday, and said a panel of experts would report back this year on the best long-term storage of radioactive waste.

    The Nobel laureate scientist, chosen by President Barack Obama to lead an ambitious drive for renewable energy, said nuclear power was also an "essential part of our energy mix" along with cleaner coal and carbon capture.

    Chu said he was convening a "blue-ribbon panel" of experts to "develop a long-term strategy that must include the waste disposal plan," after Obama's budget ruled out a proposed national repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.
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ReviewJournal.com - Chu: Keep Yucca license on track -- for now - 0 views

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    Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a group of state officials this morning he favors moving forward toward licensing a nuclear waste repository in Nevada, although whether it would ever be built is another thing altogether, according to officials familiar with the meeting.

    Nuclear waste was one of the topics on the agenda when Chu met with 12 to 15 state public service leaders attending an annual conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

    Regarding the Yucca Mountain Project, "it sounds like what he said was positive in that (DOE) wants the process to continue. It made our guys happy," said Rob Thormeyer, the association's communications director.

    But according to several people who were in the 20-minute session, Chu stressed that President Obama doesn't want the Yucca repository, "and I work for the president."
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ReviewJournal.com- DOE distances secretary from Yucca Mountain Project comment - 0 views

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    he Obama administration on Thursday sought to put distance between Energy Secretary Steven Chu and a published report that suggested he favored keeping the Yucca Mountain Project alive for a while longer.

    A remark attributed to Chu in the New York Times prompted Nevada lawmakers to do a double-take at what appeared to be an off-message comment.
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