Ferguson, Hastings cheered by court ruling on Nevada nuclear waste site

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

RICHLAND, Wash.  -- Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says an appeals court decision on a nuclear repository in Nevada is good news for people who want a permanent place for Hanford waste.

Ferguson says the ruling requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to act on the Energy Department’s application to license the Yucca Mountain site. It was abandoned by the Obama administration, after $15 billion in spending, because of opposition from Sen. Harry Reid.

Congressman Doc Hastings told KONA that despite the administration, Yucca Mountain is still the preferred site for Hanford waste.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the NRC was Gary Petersen of the Tri-City Development Council. He told KONA if Yucca Mountain is not feasible, it could be 35 years before Hanford waste is moved to another site.

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