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The Trump administration is now 0-2 in its efforts to persuade Congress to fund the long-proposed, still-unrealized nuclear waste repository under Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 92-5 in favor of the fiscal 2019 “minibus” appropriations bill covering the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other agencies. The House followed on Thursday with a 377-20 vote in favor of the $147.5 billion measure.

The bicameral consensus bill unveiled Monday would provide over $85 million for nuclear waste-related activities at DOE, but not a cent of that would be directed to licensing the disposal facility in Nye County, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

“Once again, I was able to stop funding for #YuccaMountain in the conference agreement the Senate just passed,” Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) tweeted Wednesday, shortly after the Senate vote.

https://www.exchangemonitor.com/congress-blanks-yucca-mounta...

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