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White House Still Backs Nevada Nuclear Repository, Perry Says

Oct. 26, 2018, 10:56 PM

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the White House still supports construction of a planned repository for nuclear waste in Nevada, despite President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he was reconsidering.

When asked if the Trump administration still supports the Yucca Mountain site, Perry swiftly said “Yes.”

“I’m making this presumption by looking at a budgeting process and there was money in the president’s budget to manage Yucca,” Perry said, after giving remarks at the department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. Trump requested $120 million in his budget proposal for the geologic repository 90 miles north of Las Vegas....

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