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The Associated Press March 19, 2010, 2:19PM ET

Nuclear group spent $460,000 lobbying in 4Q

The Nuclear Energy Institute spent $460,000 lobbying in the fourth quarter, focusing on legislation that promotes nuclear power as a way to reduce global warming, promote energy independence and make the transition to a more clean energy economy.

That's about $90,000 less than was spent in the third quarter and $40,000 less than what was spent in the year-ago period.

Backers of nuclear power predict a nuclear renaissance in the U.S., three decades after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident halted all new reactor orders, as the country looks to cut emissions of carbon dioxide. Last month, President Barack Obama announced the first federal loan guarantees for a project in Georgia.

The industry trade group also lobbied on legislation that would require that the Yucca Mountain site remain the designated site for the development of a repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste, according to the report filed on Jan. 20 with the House clerk's office.

The federal government has said the proposed desert mountain repository 90 miles from Las Vegas is no longer considered an option for radioactive waste storage.

Besides lawmakers, the group lobbied the Commerce, Defense and Homeland Security departments, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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