Nuclear Waste Debate Stalls Defense Bill in Senate Senate action on a defense spending bill is stalled by a debate over a provision buried in the bill that would reclassify South Carolina's nuclear waste as low level. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican sponsoring the bill, says it would save billions of dollars and decades in cleanup efforts. Critics -- including South Carolina Democrat Sen. Fritz Hollings -- denounce the move as an attempt to bypass debate on an important scientific issue. Hear NPR's David Welna.
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Nuclear Waste Debate Stalls Defense Bill in Senate

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Nuclear Waste Debate Stalls Defense Bill in Senate

Nuclear Waste Debate Stalls Defense Bill in Senate

Nuclear Waste Debate Stalls Defense Bill in Senate

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Senate action on a defense spending bill is stalled by a debate over a provision buried in the bill that would reclassify South Carolina's nuclear waste as low level. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican sponsoring the bill, says it would save billions of dollars and decades in cleanup efforts. Critics — including South Carolina Democrat Sen. Fritz Hollings — denounce the move as an attempt to bypass debate on an important scientific issue. Hear NPR's David Welna.