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Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman says he was in Paterson today to view the progress made along the new McNary-John Day power line created from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.

"We see this as really part of the front line in our effort to build a new clean energy economy," Poneman said. "We have been fortunate with Congress and the strong support of state delegation here and have 80 billion dollars to invest in new clean energy."

We also wanted to find out about his trip to Hanford, and what is being done about Yucca Mountain.

"The Yucca chapter has passed in the sense that we are now looking at other kinds of options," he said. "I think they're going to proceed with vigor but I don't think there's a fixed point."

Poneman tells us the future of Hanford waste disposal will be worked out more in the next couple of years. He also believes technology could reach a point soon where a waste drop off site won't even be needed. Instead, they hope to create a way to make the waste non hazardous.