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Friday, January 7, 2011 - 12:43pm

Senators Want Nuclear Waste Site

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future was created after the Obama administration decided not to peruse a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain near Las Vegas.

At a meeting in Augusta representatives from Congressman Paul Broun and both of the state’s senators spoke to the panel about the need for a centralized repository.

Spokesperson Tricia Chastain read a statement on behalf of Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isaakson urging the commissioners to bring back Yucca Mountain.

"We believe the DOE must recognize the letter and spirit of the law and halt all efforts to reprogram funds or terminate contracts related to Yucca Mountain."

The cancelled project has already racked up a price tag of more than $10 billion with more than $700 million coming from Georgia in the form of fees collected from waste producing utilities.

The commission has until June to make its recommendations on what to do what the more than 70,000 tons of nuclear waste the country has amassed.