Spending to Date
Through September 2000, the Nuclear Waste Program has spent $6.7
billion. Of this, $3.6 billion has been spent characterizing the
site at Yucca Mountain and $276.4 million has been spent by the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, Nuclear Waste Technical
Review Board, and the Nuclear Waste Negotiator. The remaining
$2.8 billion has been spent on characterizing other potential sites,
Acceptance and Transportation, and Program
Funding is appropriated from the Nuclear Waste Disposal
Fund, which is accrued in the form of a rate payer fee from
those people who use electricity generated by nuclear power plants.
Additional dollars come from taxpayers through the Defense Nuclear
Waste Disposal Account which Congress established to provide for the
disposal of high-level radioactive products from defense facilities.
To date, $5.5 billion has been spent from the Nuclear Waste Fund and
$1.2 billion has been spent from the defense account.