Trump’s budget chief says funding for Yucca Mountain was his idea

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:56:57 PM. President Donald Trump’s top budget man, Mick Mulvaney, solved a mystery Tuesday. Asked who put $120 million into Trump’s spending plan to restart licensing for a Yucca Mountain nuclear…
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top budget man, Mick Mulvaney, solved a mystery Tuesday. Asked who put $120 million into Trump’s spending plan to restart licensing for a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and other interim storage, Mulvaney said he did. “Whose idea was to put it in there?” the Office of Management and Budget director replied. “I wrote the budget and I am very interested in seeing that issue explored further. We have to put this stuff someplace. So the $120 million you saw, it was actually very minor. I’m surprised it got that much attention as it did. It’s only to explore the possibility of licensing.” As a rule, Trump’s positions on issues have been aired out in the open, often exhaustively — during 2016 campaign appearances or on Twitter. Yucca Mountain is the exception. As the GOP presidential nominee stumping in Las Vegas in October 2016, Trump was asked where he stood on the controversial project located some 90 miles northwest of the city. “I’m very friendly with this area,” Trump responded. “I have a hotel here. I will tell you I’m going to take a look at it because so many people here are talking about it. I’ll take a look at it, and the next time you interview me, I’ll have an answer.” Then Trump failed to produce an answer before Nevadans went to the polls. Even after he took the oath of office, Trump’s position on Yucca was played close to the vest. The Trump administration slated $120 million for Yucca and interim nuclear waste storage...Read more
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