Washington state, S.C. file suit on Yucca plans

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YAKIMA, Wash. --- South Carolina and Washington state filed another lawsuit Friday to compel the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume its consideration of a nuclear waste dump in Nevada, Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna announced in Seattle.

The announcement came hours after a presidential commission urged federal officials to generate local support for alternative sites to the contentious Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada and suggested building regional storage sites to warehouse spent nuclear fuel in the meantime.

This year, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., threw out a lawsuit from Washington state and South Carolina, finding it was not an appropriate time to intervene because the NRC hadn't made a final decision on the status of Yucca Mountain.

The Obama administration canceled a plan to bury waste at the repository 100 miles from Las Vegas and sought to withdraw its license application before the agency. The NRC has yet to rule.

The latest lawsuit asks the court to determine that the NRC has unreasonably delayed consideration of the license application, to compel the agency to immediately resume consideration and provide a timeline for a decision.

Washington and South Carolina are home to millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste.

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LTSkoblar 07/31/11 - 05:51 am
This entire Yucca fiasco is

This entire Yucca fiasco is the result of one man's insanity: Senator Harry Reid. The man is not a statesman; worse, he has politicized the most respected Federal agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, by forcing President Obama to appoint Gregory Jaczko (former Reid science advisor) as its Chairman. Obama was making good on a campaign promise in exchange for Reid delivering Nevada's 5 Electoral College votes. Decisons made based on science as Obama has oft stated? I think not.

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