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Yucca Mountain Back on the Senate's Plate

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WASHINGTON- The Department of Energy is asking the Senate for help getting construction up and going on the nuclear waste repository.

Waste from Hanford's vitrification plant is supposed to be stored at Yucca. 

Without the repository, the glass logs would have to be stored at a temporary site at Hanford.

"It's really important for us to get a deep geological repository done, because we need to take our high level waste there after it's gone through our waste treatment plant and been vitrified into glass, that's the disposal pathway," said Jane Hedges, Nuclear Waste Program Manager for the state Department of Ecology.

The new legislation comes only two weeks after Nevada Senator Harry Reid declared the project "dead." 

Reid is vowing to block this new proposal.