CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A familiar face may return to the Nevada Nuclear Projects Agency to help the state fight what one administrator called a “serious resumption” of efforts to open Yucca Mountain as the nation’s first high level nuclear waste dump.

The Board of Examiners on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to pursue a contract with Joe Strolin, former planning administrator and acting director of the agency. Board approval is needed under a new law aimed at curbing abuses uncovered in state audits on the use of contract workers.

Agency Director Robert Halstead says next year will be critical in Nevada’s efforts to rebuff attempts to revitalize Yucca Mountain.

A federal appeals court is considering a suit by South Carolina, Washington state and others that want to ship spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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