Yucca license application accepted for review

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators have agreed to formally review the government's application for a license to build a radioactive waste dump in Nevada.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday that the Energy Department's Yucca Mountain license application was sufficiently complete to be "docketed" for consideration.

The NRC is expected to take four years to decide whether to give the Energy Department a license to build the 77,000-ton dump.

The decision to docket the license application -- over objections from the state of Nevada -- is a step forward for the Energy Department, which submitted the 8,600-page application in June after years of delay.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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