There was instant political reaction to President Trump’s renewed US$120m bid to restart work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository, dividing opinion in Nevada. The budget bid is included in the Department of Energy’s $30.6 billion budget request for 2019, which was published 11 February as part of Trump’s proposed US$4.4 trillion federal budget. The US$120m would restart the licensing process, and establish an interim storage program to address the US’ growing stockpile of nuclear waste. Announcing the Yucca funds request, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said: “We have a legal responsibility. We have this waste out there. We need to have this issue addressed.” The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which must determine whether Yucca Mountain is safe for long-term storage, is also seeking more than $47.7 million for the licensing process at Yucca Mountain. The site was designated by Congress in 1987 as the sole site to permanently store nuclear waste, but was halted by the Obama administration as part of a deal with then US Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid to pass the Affordable Healthcare Act (‘Obamacare’). The announcement once again pitted urban and state representatives against rural communities and their local representatives.
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposed budget for fiscal 2019 includes nearly $50 million for work related to the proposed Yucca Mountain repository. President Donald Trump’s FY2019 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE) includes $120 million for Yucca Mountain and an interim storage programme for used nuclear fuel.
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