September 9, 2011 / 5:26 PM / 8 years ago

US nuclear regulator says split on Yucca waste dump

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear regulator on Friday said it “finds itself evenly divided” on the contentious issue of what to do with its work on licensing the proposed Yucca Mountain waste dump.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission neither overturned nor upheld the decision by its licensing board, which told the Energy Department that it could not withdraw is application for a license for the Yucca Mountain waste dump even though the Obama administration has rejected the Nevada site.

In its written decision, the NRC directed the licensing board to tie up its loose ends on the project by Sept. 30.

The NRC also said it would continue to consider license applications for new nuclear power plants even as it reviews regulations in light of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Andrea Evans and David Gregorio)

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