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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is launching an investigation into a decision by the Obama administration to abandon plans to build a repository for nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., is leading the probe into the decision to stop the project. He and John Shimkus, R-Ill., chairman of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, sent letters March 31 to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko asking questions about the decision to halt the repository. The two House leaders said a review of the available evidence indicates that "there was no scientific or technical basis for withdrawing the application."

In their letters to Chu and Jaczko, Upton and Shimkus asked for replies to their questions within two weeks. 

Last summer, 91 members of Congress asked the Department of Energy to halt all operations to dismantle the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. In a July 6 letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the group of House and Senate members said they were "deeply troubled" that DOE continued to move forward with terminating the project . 

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