Administration's "Skinny Budget" for FY '18 Proposes Money for Yucca/Interim Storage

On March 16, The Trump Administration released its "skinny budget," which details its plans for defense and non-defense discretionary spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. A more detailed budget document is not expected before early May. Of interest, the budget proposes to spend $120 million to "restart licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and initiate a robust interim storage program." The document does not provide any indication about how that money will be split between the two efforts, but notes that the effort is intended to "accelerate progress on fulfilling the Federal Government's obligations to address nuclear waste, enhance national security, and reduce future taxpayer burden."