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Trump budget request for 77 lawyers for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump project

Yucca Mountain budget request includes funds to hire 77 lawyers  By Gary Martin March 11, 2019 – 

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration request to revive the licensing process at  Yucca Mountain includes funds to hire 77 lawyers and staff for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to adjudicate “contentions” to the Energy Department’s application to build the facility in Nevada, officials said Monday.

The Trump administration blueprint for fiscal year 2020, which begins Oct. 1, includes $116 million for the Department of Energy and $38.5 million for NRC to restart the process that was stalled in 2010 when the Obama administration withdrew money to stop the legal proceedings.

Those requests are similar to Trump administration requests the past two budgets, which were rejected in the Senate.

Energy’s request for $116 million for nuclear waste storage includes reviving the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain application and funding an interim storage program. Details on the proposed spending are expected to be released next week…….https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/yucca-mountain-budget-request-includes-funds-to-hire-77-lawyers-1615667/

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March 14, 2019 - Posted by | USA, wastes

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