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Washington lawsuit asks decision on Yucca site

Sat., July 30, 2011

RICHLAND – A new lawsuit to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to consider the license application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository has been filed by the state of Washington, state Attorney General Rob McKenna announced Friday.

At the first of the month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that it was too soon to decide whether the Obama administration acted illegally to abandon development of the repository in Nevada.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not ruled on whether the Department of Energy may withdraw its license application for the reactor. It has been briefed for a year.

The lawsuit seeks to compel the NRC to decide whether the license application may be withdrawn and to force it to proceed with consideration.

McKenna is concerned that high-level radioactive waste which Hanford had planned to send to Yucca Mountain, including waste treated at the vitrification plant, will be stranded at Hanford.

Other parties to the lawsuit include the state of South Carolina, a group of Tri-Cities business leaders, and Nye County, Nev.


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