12 May '11, 4pm

Yucca Shutdown Was Political, Federal Watchdog Says: The Government Accountability Office says that neither tech...

The nation’s vast stockpiles of nuclear waste never made it to Yucca Mountain, but the now-defunct $15 billion project is still radioactive — politically, that is. In 2009, the Obama administration withdrew a construction license to complete the Nevada repository, then zeroed out funding for the site, laid off workers and shut down the project’s offices in Las Vegas. Republicans challenged the move, calling it driven by short-term political calculations, not concern over the site’s suitability for waste storage. Grilled by Congressional inquisitors earlier this month , Gregory B. Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission — and a former top aide to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, an ardent opponent of the project — denied that the decision was driven by politics. “It was in no way a political action intended to reference any political figure or direction from any ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/yucca-shutdown-...

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