|Nevada lawmakers are being asked to commit $3.6 million per year for the next two years to fight a federal proposal to store the U.S. waste from nuclear power plants at Yucca Mountain, about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.|
State Agency for Nuclear Projects chief Robert Halstead says the fund would be for the legal and administrative fight (for lawyers).
Halstead told state Senate and Assembly members on Monday that he thinks Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings could start before 2019 on licensing the project designed, built, and paid for to accept spent nuclear fuel from plants around the U.S., as planned 25 years ago.
A commission spokesman, David McIntyre, said Tuesday that hearings will not be scheduled until Congress approves funding....? Halstead says hearings will take at least four years and could cost the federal Energy Department nearly $1.7 billion, the NRC at least $300 million, and the state of Nevada about $50 million.... all attorney fees ....???