Washington (AP) - The Senate has passed an energy spending bill that backs up President Barack Obama's promise to close the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Facility.
The $34.3 billion measure passed by an 85-9 vote. The bipartisan bill has money for a wide variety of programs, including clean energy research, and covers hundreds of water projects. It includes more than 600 earmarks for lawmakers, mostly for Army Corps of Engineers projects.
Unlike most other spending bills moving through Congress for the 2010 budget year, which contain spending increases well beyond inflation, this measure amounts to a freeze on spending for the programs it covers.
The Yucca Mountain Project was designed to hold 77,000 tons of nuclear waste.
Located 90 miles from Las Vegas, it's been strongly opposed by Nevada's congressional delegation.
The vote leaves the country without a long-term solution for storing highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.
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