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NATIONAL BRIEFING | WASHINGTON: High Cost Seen on Nuclear Dump

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: August 5, 2008

Even if no new reactors are built, getting rid of the countrys nuclear waste will cost $96.2 billion and require a major expansion of the planned Nevada waste dump beyond limits imposed by Congress, the Energy Department said. The government now says the Yucca Mountain project, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, will cost $38.7 billion more than was anticipated in 2001, when the department estimated the life cycle cost of the program at $57.5 billion. Ward Sproat, the Energy Department official in charge of the federal nuclear waste program, said $16 billion of that increase was pegged to inflation. The estimates cover waste only from existing reactors and from the military.

A version of this article appeared in print in the August 6 2008 New York edition on page A19.

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