Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress debates terrorism overseas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is finding time for an issue closer to home. Reid is working to ensure that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even though the government has spent $15 billion on it.

The Senate confirmed two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday. That ensures a majority of its commissioners have been appointed by Democrats.

Some Republicans are talking about trying to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump if their party takes control of the Senate in November.

The Obama administration abandoned work on the project at Reid's urging, and Reid says it won't happen. He says, quote, "As long as I'm around there's no Yucca Mountain."