Bush's Yucca budget request of $650 million

9 February 2005

President Bush has asked Congress for $651 million for the 2006 fiscal year for Yucca Mountain, due to begin in October. The figure is considerably less than in 2004, but around $73 million more than this year.

The DoE has designated around $85 million for transport, including cask designs and a new rail line in Nevada, and a further $427 million for the repository itself.

In a separate move, Bush requested $69 million to begin reviewing the license, to hold hearings and to conduct full-scale testing of a high-level nuclear waste rail shipping container by the NRC.

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