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Eye On Olympia

Two major rulings out of the 9th Circuit this morning…

HANFORD INITIATIVE: The federal appeals court said this morning that despite an overwhelming vote by Washington voters in 2004, the resulting state law requiring the feds to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservatin before dumping any more waste there is pre-empted by federal law.
Former state Rep. Toby Nixon, who joined the lawsuit to try to preserve the state law, is urging Attorney General Rob McKenna to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Unless this appeal is pressed," he said, "every state that hosts disposal sites for radioactive waste is at risk of losing its ability to regulate those sites" due to the ruling.

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL: And Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt appears to have won a partial victory in her challenge to her dismissal from the service for being a lesbian. I'm still working my way through the ruling...developing story...

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