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Obama budget cuts Yucca Mountain funds.

President Barack Obama's 2010 federal budget proposal recommends phasing out funding to the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility.

"The Yucca Mountain program will be scaled back to those costs necessary to answer inquiries from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, while the administration devises a new strategy toward nuclear waste disposal," according to a budget summary released in March.

Under its policies, APHA opposes the creation of the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility and calls for research into alternative methods to safeguard and manage the nation's high-level nuclear waste. In 2002, then-President George W. Bush endorsed plans to create the centralized nuclear waste disposal site in Nevada. While the Department of Energy has submitted an application and plans for the repository, it has not yet been built.

"Both the president and I have made clear that Yucca Mountain is not a workable option and that we will begin a thoughtful dialogue on a better solution for our nuclear waste storage needs," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a March 11 statement to the Senate Budget Committee.

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Title Annotation:NATION IN BRIEF
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
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Date:May 1, 2009
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