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Nevada Officials Watching Federal Yucca, Plutonium Proposals


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials postponed until at least January submitting an end-of-year report to the governor about state efforts to fight federal proposals to bury the nation's nuclear reactor waste north of Las Vegas.


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The state Commission on Nuclear Projects cited uncertainty Wednesday about whether Congress will allocate any funds in coming days for the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository.


Agency officials also reviewed a lawsuit filed recently to block a separate plan by the Energy Department to ship weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a U.S. radioactive materials handling facility at the former Nevada nuclear proving ground.


The Yucca Mountain project was shelved in 2010 under pressure from then-Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama. They said nuclear waste should be stored in a state that wants it.