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President Obama Pulls Funding for Yucca Mountain

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Bill Brown
Channel 2 News

Nevada officials say President Obama killed the funding for Yucca Mountain in his proposed budget. They also say the Department of Energy is planning to pull the license application for Yucca within 30 days which would effectively kill the project for good.

Senator Harry Reid calls it a victory for the Silver State. "To have the President zero it out of his budget and pull the license application is a dream come true for so many thousands and thousands of people in Nevada."

Yucca Mountain supporters call the decision short sided and political and say Nevada will lose jobs in the long run.

Governor Gibbons says he is taking a wait and see attitude. Only after the DOE pulls the license application will he believe the project is dead and buried.

The proposed site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas has been targeted for 20 years to house the nation's high level nuclear waste.

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