$460 million for Yucca Mountain

7 March 2003

DoE's $20.9 billion appropriation is $920 million above FY '02. Although it provides $130 million less than the administration sought for the nuclear waste management programme - which is developing the Yucca Mountain repository - it is substantially higher than last year's $336 million.

The bill granted the state of Nevada £2.5 million to conduct scientific oversight and participate in licensing activities at Yucca Mountain. An additional $7 million was provided to local governments for similar repository-related oversight.

Funding for the nuclear waste management programme will be provided by the Nuclear Waste Fund ($145 million), and by the DoE defence waste account ($315 million).

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