House spending bill thwarts Obama on Yucca nuke waste site

The Obama administration’s decision to walk away from the long-planned (and long-delayed) site — a project fiercely opposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — has come under fire from Republicans.

A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel, which is investigating the decision, will delve into the issue at a Wednesday afternoon hearing that will feature renewed criticism from Republicans.

They’re armed with a recent Government Accountability Office report they requested that found the decision to walk away from Yucca could “restart a costly and time-consuming process” to find another waste storage site.

The White House last year created an expert commission to study options for managing the nation’s spent nuclear fuel.