Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska has been named a member of the White House administration's new blue ribbon commission on managing nuclear waste.
Hagel is a Republican who served 12 years in the Senate.
The commission will provide recommendations for developing safe, long-term solutions to managing the nation's used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
President Barack Obama singled out nuclear power in his State of the Union address last month, and his spending plan for the next budget year is expected to include billions more dollars in federal guarantees for new nuclear reactors.
Obama has pledged to close Yucca Mountain, the planned burial ground in the Nevada desert for high-level radioactive waste.
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