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Reid: U.S. needs post-Yucca nuke plan

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If America's nuclear waste is not going to be stored at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, then the country needs a new plan and the money to pay for it immediately.

That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's reaction Friday to a draft report from the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, which suggested local options may be the best way to deal with nuclear waste.

"The Yucca Mountain project is dead and it is not coming back," Reid said in a statement. "The responsible next step is charting a realistic path towards solving the problem, not trying to resurrect a costly failed nuclear waste policy. "

Yucca Mountain, located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, had long been suggested as the storage site for the country's spent nuclear fuel.

After years of protest, Nevada's congressional delegation eventually won enough support to have the project shelved, and the Department of Energy withdrew its license application for Yucca Mountain last year.

While the site's future is still being debated in courts, Friday's report could put states on a path to a new solution for storing nuclear waste.

Among other suggestions, the commission said $25 billion in funding designated for Yucca Mountain should be diverted to alternate storage programs.

The commission's final report is due in January.

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