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Bill Would Fund Yucca Authorization Activities

A fiscal 2013 spending bill backed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday would allocate $10 million for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to pursue activities related to authorizing an underground nuclear-waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, despite the Obama administration's withdrawal of a prior request to approve the site, the Tri-City, Wash., Herald reported (see GSN, May 1).

Lawmakers backed including the funds in the $32.1 billion House energy and water appropriations bill in a floor vote of 326-81. The House voted 255-165 to approve the entire bill (see GSN, June 7).

"This continues to show House support for completion of the Yucca Mountain review process within NRC," Representative John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who submitted the allocation measure, said in released remarks. "After having spent 30 years and $15 billion, the NRC refuses to follow the law and complete the review process."

Shimkus said the move would preclude any argument that no NRC funding is available for the authorization effort (Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, June 7).

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