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Sen. Reid Eyes Cuts to Yucca Mountain Budget

Kellene Stockwell
Channel 2 News

One budget cut that isn't likely to get too many people wound up is Yucca Mountain.

Thursday Nevada Senator Harry Reid said he is working on cutting funds for the project. He says a $100 million cut may be the final blow for Yucca Mountain, bringing its budget down to $288.4 million.

(Former President George Bush had initially requested $500 million for the project.)

The proposed cuts could mean lost jobs at Yucca Mountain. "Those jobs will be replaced with renewable energy. That's good for Nevada and good for America."

Reid hopes that the money Nevada receives from President Obama's stimulus package will create more jobs in renewable energy.

On top of proposing budget cuts, Reid's latest move has been to direct $5 million to the Nevada Attorney General to lead the fight against Yucca Mountain.

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