KEVIN FREKING

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Obama administration will seek to eliminate funding for a review needed to open a nuclear waste respository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

The loss of funding, beginning with the 2011 budget, would sap the agency of its ability to continue with a review that began last year.

President Barack Obama promised to oppose the use of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository, but the 1987 law requiring that waste be stored at the site remains on the books, so the project could in theory be revived.

The Bush administration Energy Department submitted a license application with the NRC last year seeking approval to construct the repository. On Wednesday, the Senate voted to cut next years' funding for the review to $29 million. The president had requested $56 million.