(Las Vegas, NV) – A federal appeals court could decide if the federal government should restart the licensing process for Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear repository. A three-judge panel heard arguments from South Carolina and Washington state which claim the Obama administration wrongly pulled the plug on the proposed nuclear storage facility northwest of Las Vegas. The states say they have nowhere to store millions of gallons of radioactive waste from power plants and other sources. Federal officials say it will cost at least ten-million dollars to restart the licensing and safety review process for Yucca Mountain.
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