Court sets date in Yucca nuke dump suit

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 1:02 PM
Last updated 1:28 PM
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A Washington, D.C., appeals court plans oral arguments March 22 in a lawsuit filed by Aiken County and others aimed at blocking the federal government from pulling the plug on plans to bury the nation's nuclear waste in Nevada.

Aiken county, the state of South Carolina, Washington state and three Washington state business owners claim the Obama administration overstepped authority in cutting funding for the Yucca Mountain project.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported Tuesday the date was set in the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Columbia Circuit.

Plaintiffs argue the shutdown leaves states dealing with tons of radioactive material that should be buried in the proposed repository 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The Energy Department argues the administration has the right to change federal nuclear waste policy.

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